February 29, 2016
Last week I met one-on-one with each of you with a checklist of assignments we’ve had thus far. Some of you were right on target. Some of you were surprised you’d missed an assignment or two or that I’d intended for something to be posted to the blog. Misunderstandings do happen. There are a couple of ways to avoid misunderstandings and getting behind:
- Check back here to refresh your memory about what, exactly, was required of any assignment.
- Ask me. Ask a classmate (although, keep in mind that they may or may not know).
- You are responsible for your education, so take charge.
This week, I will grant you a “catch-up” week, since so many of you were missing a piece or three of what should have already been posted. You have copies of the checklist with notes I made during our conference. If you have a question – ASK.
If and when you are caught up, you have a couple of options, but you should definitely remain busy on work for this class, as opposed to distracting classmates who also need to learn.
- Work on your passion project. Do research. Update your blog readers as to what you’ve accomplished. Make plans for what you will do and when you will do it. What steps are next? How will you accomplish them? Do you need to contact anyone? Have you found a mentor? Do you need to learn any software? Do you need to read up on anything that will help you? Almost all of you can find something to do to move your project forward.
- We’re in an online communications class. Go read others’ blogs. Read your classmates blogs. Read blogs in the WordPress community. Find something you like? Follow them. Write a review of that blog, linking to the post. Post in their comments that you’ve reviewed their blog on your site and give them the link. Tweet out a link to your post and tag the person (if they’ve provided a Twitter handle). This will build your following and your PLN.
These two activities can be done anytime you are caught up. This class provides opportunity for differentiation. That is, students can go mostly at their own pace as long as there is a pace and enough is done that the standards are covered and there is evidence of learning to be shown. Those who actively learn and produce at a faster rate can move forward with their learning, directing themselves, using the instructor as a guide.
Take advantage of the opportunities afforded you here, not only the week to catch up, but the opportunity to learn.