Talk:Ashley Smolinski's Portfolio

-- Rebecca Grodner (talk) 09:40, 26 October 2013 (EDT)


Your portfolio looks great so far! Having attended and led a lot of professional development sessions, you are going about this in the right way. It is really important that teachers experience a learning experience first-hand before providing it to their students. That is a great way to improve teachers' understanding of a conceptual lesson.

One great way to help teachers to apply this would be to have them go through the experience of searching themselves and then to have them create sort of a webquest search tool or scavenger hunt of some sort for their students. In other words, you can help teachers to transfer their learning by having them create the future learning experience for their students right in your course.

Great work so far!

Re: -- Ashley Smolinski (talk) 00:44, 31 October 2013 (EDT)

Thanks for the feedback Rebecca! I hadn't thought about having them create a scavenger hunt for students - what a great idea! I was looking for some sort of 'wrap-up' exercise, but I kept thinking about annotated bibliographies, which while they are helpful for research, can be a little tedious if you don't have a purpose beyond demonstrating critical thinking. We use them often as an assignment and for personal research, but I'm not teachers would benefit from creating a really long paragraph to summarize what they've learned from a source. Finding a source however, and asking students to locate the information would be much more practical (and fun!). Thanks for a great suggestion.

Great Job -- Nicole Tyminski (talk) 14:53, 1 November 2013 (EDT)


Your course is coming along nicely. Your objectives are stated well and I have a clear understanding of what you want your learners to achieve with this mini course. I think you chose a very intersting, valuable topic and I can't wait to see the finished product.


Re: Great Job -- Josiah Boehlke (talk) 22:34, 20 November 2013 (EST)

Ashley, I tried to post under "discussion," but don't see it with the other group's comments, so am posting it as a reply here as well:


Firstly, I really like your idea a lot for a mini-course! With students increasingly finding information online, your topic of searching for information and evaluating the information they found is a needed skill. Your introduction with guided questions, intent of course and topics to be addressed set a clear focus for the course. Also, I really like your performance objectives and feel they give the reader a clear focus for what they should focus on and expect to learn from your mini-course.

Looking into your lesson 1, I also found it well done. You have good uses for links and integrated technology. At this point, I could not think of much I would add/change, but I did like the idea Rebecca posted about creating a scavenger hunt or some type of fun activity. The more hands on applications, the better teachers will take practical ideas with them.

Again, great job! you have a really nice min-course so far! Josiah: