Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Blended classrooms, Online Adjunct, Online Teaching, It all works
This blog is an artifact of my time working in a blended classroom, Teaching EDUC 422: Technology Tools for Teaching & Learning, as an Adjunct Instructor for the College of Education at Cal-State San Marcos.
I was "Terminatored" out of a job as part of severe cutbacks in staff and class offerings (accompanied by significant tuition hikes) that occurred in California in 2009 / 2010. Luckily the CSUSM job was just one of many teaching opportunities I have. I continue to teach online and prosper without having to commute to a face to face classroom at a set time of day.
CSUSM is a fine school and the College of Education is dedicated to meeting ISTE Standards. I have a long history as an ISTE consultant and was fascinated by the experience of putting the NETS Standards to work in a face to face classroom. The faculty at CSUSM are dedicated professionals. Like teachers everywhere they strive to do the best they can in a very difficult climate. Short staffing, limited classes, and tight budgets continue to erode the educational opportunities in California.
I truly enjoyed working with young (and not so young) teachers to be. It was fascinating to teach in a blended classroom and help the next generation of classroom teachers ramp up their ed-tech skills as they prepared to teaching in the 21st Century.
I remain very grateful for the opportunity and thank Dr. Kathy Hayden in particular for her insights and mentoring.
I taught in the face to face classroom for 25 years. I've been an online adjunct for the past 11 years. My sojourn into blended instruction was a fascinating and informative experience. These days I don't commute. Instead I work full time as an online teacher, ed-tech consultant, and curriculum developer. I'm delighted to still be teaching and am particularly fortunate to be following my passion.
For all of the students I worked with at CSUSM, I wish you well. I'm betting many of you are in the trenches of public education.
Fight the good fight. Follow your passion. Make a difference!