Thing 13: Online Conference

I viewed the K12 Online Conference session about Shhh!!! The Students Are Learning: Being an Effective Classroom Facilitator by Clif Mims teacher and educational consultant from Memphis, TN.  http://clifmims.com/blog.  I’ve always felt students learn more if I was more of a facilitator than a lecturer.  He presented a couple of ideas, like instructional design tips:  Have a “driving question or scenario, alternative/suggested resources, mini-lessons, conferencing, organizers, and guide students through questioning”.  His practical tips for teachers:  “think like a coach, bring earplugs, ease your way into it, get some help, and you are learning, too”.  I wasn’t really impressed with this presentation.  Needs some pizzazz!

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