I really enjoyed this class for many reasons. One being I just like learning. I liked reading about the research behind inquiry-based teaching. I still like looking for things that will engage and reach more students instead of always staying static in a lesson I am comfortable with. I like to see different ideas for educating students. As technology, society and shifts in education change I want to make an impact in my students' learning.
The class was great. It did meet my goals and expectations. I want to be a more engaging science teacher to my students and this class presented ideas on how to do that.
Honestly Krista, all of your classes I have taken have been phenomenal. I consider myself to be an expert teacher, yet every time I take one of your courses it makes me reevaluate my teaching style and it gives me a whole new set of tools to improve my teaching. I had never thought of using something like a story to engage students and to let my students actually lead their own learning path. I always carved out the path they would take. I thought that that was the only way I could get through all of my curriculum. However, this class has shown me that is not the case. My students are much more engaged when they are in charge of creating their own learning path. Ultimately the end result is the same, we still get through the same curriculum, we still cover the same key concepts and the same essential questions. The difference is the students are much more interested in it.
I really enjoyed the assignments and the follow-up responses to my assignments. It is nice to have someone to bounce things off of and answer questions as they come up. Having the class requirements helped me stay focused and on task. I was able to complete the class at my own pace.
Thank you for the wonderful course and feedback you give. It's definitely been one of the better professional development courses I've taken so far. : )