Talk:Nicole Miller's Mini Course: Reinforcing Effort and Providing Recognition

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-- Samantha Schwartz (talk) 18:23, 7 April 2014 (EDT)

Nicole, so far I really enjoy your mini-lesson. Your layout is easy to understand and easy to navigate! I especially like how your second activity is worked on through the wikipage by discussion post. Perhaps you could have posted the article in a link so the page doesn't feel overwhelmed by writing. Great job! -Samantha Schwartz

Re: -- Nicole Miller (talk) 20:35, 7 April 2014 (EDT)

Thanks for your feedback, Samantha. I actually went back and forth whether to link the reading or post it in its (lengthy) entirety on the page. Someone mentioned that they preferred the article being right there, easy access, but it does seem to overwhelm the page. I am willing to do whatever seems best for visual appeal and ease of the lesson. Thanks again!

Comments on mini-course -- Alicia Fernandez (talk) 10:49, 10 April 2014 (EDT)

Hi Nicole,

Your intro page is clear and explains the course objectives well. I did not include objectives in my Intro section and think this is a great idea. The introductory video is interesting and a good way to kick off the course.

In Lesson 1, the inspirational Ray Lewis photo and quote illustrated the topic well. I appreciate that you pasted the entire article but visually it is a lot to digest. Perhaps, you could summarize and provide a link or file for the whole article?

For Activity 2, where would participants discuss the article?

I absolutely LOVE Activity 3! The Effort Effect Quizlet game is so much fun and such a great way to engage learners.

Overall, I think you did a great job and your course is thoughtfully designed.

Re: Comments on mini-course -- Nicole Miller (talk) 18:58, 12 April 2014 (EDT)

Thanks for viewing my page Alicia! Under the directions for activity 2 is a link to a discussion page for students to write their responses to the reading. I am definitely going to link the reading instead of uploading the entire thing, it is a bit overwhelming for the page. Thanks for the advice! Glad you liked the Quizlet! It is a fun little tool for our lessons. ;)

Comments about Mini-Course-- Stephanie Jenkins (talk)

Great job! Your mini-course is very well organized and layed out, it is easy to navigate through the lessons once you get there. There is a lot of great information and all of your lessons are developing nicely. Maybe on your main page you want to put a link at the top to your mini-course, I wasn't sure where to find it. Jane helped me do this when we talked on the phone. Nice job!

Re: Comments about Mini-Course-- Nicole Miller (talk) 19:00, 12 April 2014 (EDT)

Thanks for the feedback, Stephanie. I will add a link to my mini-course to the top of my portfolio page as you suggested. I appreciate your input and advice! :)

-- Janewilde (talk) 14:42, 23 April 2014 (EDT)

What I like/What worked well:

* Intro: course title, clear info about what to expect in course, nice picture, nice icons, clear clean layout, clear headings for each lesson, effective links

* Lesson 1: nice image, bold headings, information chunked, good resources, relevant meaningful discussion and quiz activities

What you might consider:

* Intro: I like your use of video, I encourage you to provide just a bit of text to link Marzano to the course. Drawing from a paragraph later on the page you might begin with a sentence like the topic of this mini-course is Reinforcing Effort and Providing Recognition which is Marzano's third instructional strategy for effective teaching and learning. To learn more before diving into the course check out this overview of all of Marzanos 9 strategies (link to video)

* Lesson 1: Just for your info, your focus objectives are not really objectives They are the learning activities. Objectives are what a person will be able to do as a result of the learning activities. Provide links to other lessons so that learners can bounce around for review.

Final comments on mini-course -- Alicia Fernandez (talk) 18:33, 6 May 2014 (EDT)

Hi Nicole,

I LOVE your mini-course. You have obviously put a lot of though and effort into this project. It is so visually appealing. The course has fantastic ease of navigation. The sections are well defined and I liked how the heading font changed colors in different lessons. You utilize a wide variety of media, which I think makes the most of the wiki space. The interactive activities were engaging and I thought it was so relevant to the point of your topic. The positive energy was being conveyed by all the text, graphics and media.

The scenarios you provided in Lesson 2/Activity 1 helped me contextualize the concept of recognition much more deeply. It caused me to reflect on my own practice and how important the “pause, prompt and praise strategy’” is. Your activities and reflection are well designed. You provide rich instructional material and then pose questions that prompt critical thinking.

Lesson 3 had meaningful rubrics and checklists that address different disciplines and would apply to a wide audience. You also provide many valuable checklists for assessment and reflection. I was actually surprised that others did not take advantage of the wiki to supply more attachments. Also, I have to thank you for introducing me to Rubistar. What a great tool for generating rubrics! I also really liked the infographic on feedback.

Finally, I LOVE the surprise of the Millionaire game as a post evaluation. What a fantastic way to end things in an upbeat way!

Just two small housekeeping issues, these links did not work:

Lesson 2 – Effective Recognition Puzzle

Lesson 4- Discussion Tab

Congratulations, on a spectacular job. This is very useful information and I plan on revisiting it in the future.