So You Want to Be (or already are) an Online Educator?

Discussion in 'General Education' started by catnfiddle, Jul 13, 2014.

  1. mcdanielmark473

    mcdanielmark473 New Member

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    I think that during the coronavirus period, the number of people studying or teaching online has increased significantly. The question is whether people like it or whether they are just hostages. Personally, I am very tired of online learning, in the real classroom I am much more productive.
     
  2. eterway

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    I think that online learning in the future will be more developed and effective
     
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    Hi everyone!

    I love this discussion and was hoping for some insight! I am a career educator who teaches an asynchronous online co-op prep course for level one, undergraduate, post-secondary students. I am struggling with creating assessments that further my student’s understanding of career-related topics while being a fair and reliable means of assessing their understanding.

    I am currently utilizing self-assessment which includes constructed responses as a means of assessment in the form of a mandatory career event attendance and reflection assignment. My goal is to further their understanding of the importance of networking while introducing them to (potentially) their first formal networking event. I also hope to expose students to the important role that establishing connections plays in the job search process.

    My questions for the group are: do you have any experience designing online self-assessments? Do you find that self-assessment works for your students and do you feel that allowing students to grade and measure their own learning is productive or conducive to deeper understanding of content?

    Just looking for some opinions during my restructuring of the content I teach. Thank you in advance!
     
  4. nadia_5

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    Hello. I am now considering teaching online. However, I have no idea what to expect with online teaching. I am in California and looking at charter schools like: Visions in Education, CAVA, K-12, Connections, and Sequoia Charter. Does anyone work for any of these charter schools?

    If you can answer these questions, I'd be appreciative. What is the pay like? Benefits? Do they participate in CalStrs? Teacher Unions? How many days out of the school year can I expect to work away from home?

    I will welcome a newborn this Summer. I don't want to leave the baby alone so soon. So, I am looking for something is 99% home based if possible!
     
  5. TeacherNY

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    I'm assuming you will have someone else at home with you to help take care of the baby. Even with online teaching you have to be available for a specific amount of time.
     
  6. Clovisdad

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    Hello catnfiddle:
    It's been nearly two years since I last wrote on this post and you are my momma duck whom I bonded with as a new virtual teacher in Feb. 2020. I have just been renewed as a virtual special ed teacher for my third full school year at a large virtual charter school. That makes me a tenured teacher in our union. Thanks for all of your help. I am still here, finished my California Clear Credential courses last month and I am done with college at age 63 after 12 years of school starting when I was still a construction worker back in 2010.
    Okay, that's all. I see you are still here and leaving virtual education. It is only growing now and gaining more respect and parity with brick and mortar schools.
    Take care and I'll be around!

     
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    Hello all: I began teaching special education online at a huge virtual school in Feb. 2020. I was a new teacher at age 61 then. I am 63 now. I am also a retired construction worker. I am now very successful and well-liked at my job and help the newcomers. I have just earned tenure at my job after completing two full school years in my position. I miss not seeing the kids in a classroom, but, I do not miss the politics that go with being at a traditional school nor the awkward and challenging aspect of faux-managing a special education paraprofessional in a classroom where I am the "boss-but-not-the-boss" to someone in a separate union with nebulously-scripted duties and responsibilities. Plus, some of my students were never able to fully develop, use, or display their knowledge or skills in the brick and mortar setting. They can do that working from home. Virtual schools are here to stay and are only getting bigger now as even the traditional districts in my area are all now opening their own virtual schools to compete with my school and to retain more of their students. The media tried to disparage virtual schools in the early days of the pandemic. However, that was a false example as traditional schools weren't prepared to switch to teaching students online in only a month or two. My school has been all-virtual for nearly 20 years. The days of virtual schools being a black sheep are over.
     
  8. catnfiddle

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    I'm still teaching partially online because our school is now offering that type of academics as an option to our students. It's great!
     
  9. James Nusta

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  10. Caitriona

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    English language teacher here. I enjoy teaching online, but I must admit that it gets very draining after awhile.
     

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