Week 6 is our final week of Course 1! This week is intended to give you time to catch up on any work you have missed, and to complete your final project (the UBD unit planner and reflective blog post).
We are extra lucky in this cohort as somehow the calendaring means we have ended up with our first three courses having 6 weeks plus 4 extra days! By October 22 you’ll officially be finished with Course 1 (as long as all your work is completed, of course).
Important: All Course 1 work is due on October 22:
- All 5 blog posts completed and listed on your grading spreadsheet
- All 5 comments completed and listed on your grading spreadsheet
- Your final project embedded in a 6th blog post with a short reflection about what you chose to do, why, and how you think it will enhance teaching and learning.
- Your final project inside this Course 1 Google Drive folder for easy access for everyone in our cohort.
Here are some samples from a previous cohort (Kim’s YIS cohort) to help give you an idea of how it could look.
An important point about the final project (UBD planner): you do not have to actually complete the project with students before Course 1 ends, we’re just asking you to plan the project and share a little bit about why you chose this particular project and how you think it will impact learning in your classroom. Ideally, it will be a project that you actually plan on doing later in the year, so that you can share your learning from that experience in a later course.
Your final project as explained in the video must be publicly viewable and linked on your blog in a blog post with a reflective write up about the lesson. If you have already done the unit with your students share with us how it went (please note: you are not required to complete the unit before the end of this course). We follow this same format for every course so you’ll have 4 units planned by the time you are done and one complete new unit that you’ll actually teach and reflect on (in course 5).
Looking forward to reading them!
I’d like to introduce a really helpful new initiative Coetail is trying out – coaches linked directly to a cohort to provide another layer of support and feedback. We’re very fortunate to have two talented and experienced coaches join us for the remaining two courses. So if you see them posting comments or presenting thought-provoking questions, please know they’re here to help! Here they are:
Kristi Lonheim | @lonheim
Kristi currently works as a 5th Grade classroom teacher at an international school in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. She is a COETAIL graduate from our very first fully Online 12-13 cohort.
Tara Waudby | @tarawaudby
In her own words Tara Waudby is “a true TCK, who has never felt more at home than when in the world, not being at “home.” Since 2005 she’s been at the American School of Kuwait as the High School Assistant Principal, but now is the Assistant Superintendent of Learning for ISG. A mum to two gorgeous girls, Tara is also a poet and is working on a second masters, an MFA in poetry. (She may be finished this now). Tara has also worked in the US and Taiwan.
COETAILers can connect with or seek support or encouragement from either of our coaches via twitter or by replying to their comments they are already leaving on your blog posts!