Ed Camp: Empathy Focus in Professional Development

Posted by Olivia Porter on 11/2/18 2:47 PM

Today our staff is spending an entire day devoted to professional development, and there’s a common thread throughout this year’s “Ed Camp.”

Being a school in today’s ever-changing world means we have to adapt. We believe it is education’s responsibility to adapt as the world changes, so we can best prepare students to thrive.

There’s one thing, however, that must remain consistent within our education: empathy.

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Teachers Present on Bringing a Writing Center to Cyber School

Posted by Olivia Porter on 10/4/18 12:12 PM

PA Distance Learning teachers will present at the Drexel University School of Education Virtual Conference for K-12 Online Learning on October 5, 2018.

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How Do School Counselors Help Students in Cyber School?

Posted by PA Distance Learning on 4/25/18 11:43 AM
by Morgan Jasin, School Counselor

How do school counselors help students in a cyber school? That's a question I often get from friends and family, and with all the misconceptions about cyber school students, it needs answered. 

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Elementary Music in Cyber School: The Tools of the Trade

Posted by Olivia Porter on 1/18/18 8:34 AM

By Elisa Carpenter, Music Teacher

“…its objectives are two-fold: to aid in the well-balanced social and artistic development of the child, and to produce a musically-literate adult; an adult who can read and write music as easily as words..”  - Zoltan Kodaly

An intriguing quote from Zoltan Kodaly, the founder of the Kodaly Teaching Method developed in Hungary.  Years ago he wanted to be involved in a music education system that was capable of leading children toward love of and knowledge about music, from the youngest of ages into their adult lives.

Many educators, whether in traditional or cyber school, strive to replicate this idea each and every day, in their own course, in new ways, and with fascinating tools so their students are well prepared and successful!

This ideology has laid the foundation for my love of teaching. In this article, I will describe some of the tools used to cultivate a well-balanced and artistically expressive elementary musician, all in an online elementary education environment!
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Cyber School Literacy Communities: Connecting Writers Across Distances

Posted by Olivia Porter on 12/13/17 10:28 AM
by Ms. Hannah Lewis, Secondary English Teacher

Photo courtesy of @bamagal on Unsplash

This generation of students are more literate than past generations. They engage with writing daily, sometimes hourly, on their smart devices and computers, usually communicating with one another. Yet, they are plagued by record-breaking amounts of depression and anxiety.

 

In spite of their constant connectedness, they feel lonely.

 

In this world of hyper-literate, connected-yet-isolated students, being a literacy teacher presents new opportunities and challenges, some of which are exacerbated where I teach, at a cyber school in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Bringing Project-Based Learning to Life in the Cyber School Setting

Posted by Olivia Porter on 11/15/17 2:41 PM

By: Peter Mysels, Secondary Social Studies Teacher

One of the mental hurdles many cyber school teachers need to overcome upon entering the field of cyber school teaching is removing the preconceived notion of…

“Will I be able use the same, projects, assignments, and methods I did in my traditional school, now that I am a cyber teacher?”

I'd like to challenge you: rather than, “Will I be able to? I encourage you to consider, How will I? 

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Adventures of Gaming in Cyber School

Posted by PA Distance Learning on 10/10/17 7:47 AM
How Coding Inspired Me and Enabled my Cyber School Students to Success!

By Katie Devlin, 7-12 Social Studies Teacher

As a social studies teacher in cyber school, something that I strive to do is find ways to encourage my students to think critically. Yes, I teach 7th grade geography, but it’s so much more than that.  As a teacher in my department, I am challenged to create interactive thinkers who can work together, talk through problems, and who want to learn and grow.  In cyber school, that means thinking outside the box.

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Cyber School Teachers: Establishing Relevance in the Classroom

Posted by PA Distance Learning on 5/24/17 9:43 AM
Christine Trudeau, Secondary English

Student interest and engagement remains one of the most difficult tasks for any teacher.  Although teachers in the brick and mortar classroom experience this challenge, they possess the ability to address apathy or inattention with physical proximity and redirection, whereas, the cyber teacher cannot “see” their students’ behavior. 

Though a cyber school teacher can provide verbal redirection like a brick and mortar teacher, he or she cannot ascertain, to the same extent, if the student has reengaged in the lesson.  So what’s the solution? 

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Using Technology to Foster Student Engagement

Posted by Olivia Porter on 5/9/17 8:15 AM
by Miss Marisa Petraglia, Social Studies

Believe it or not, getting high school students excited to learn history is not always a walk in the park.  (You mean to tell me you’re NOT pumped to dive into the intricate causes and effects of WWI?!)  Add to that the obstacle of not having students physically in your presence in a cyber school setting and you need to do some fancy footwork to make sure students are staying engaged with their lessons. Through trial and error (AKA: a teacher's best friend) I have found some methods that promote student engagement in my classroom.

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The Cyber Stigma: Changing the Social Perception of Cyber School

Posted by PA Distance Learning on 4/11/17 9:26 AM
By: Peter Mysels, High School Social Studies Teacher

Once per month, my immediate family and I all meet at my mom’s house to partake in another of what we call “Haircut Night”. It is a Mysels tradition. My aunt is a hair dresser and we use the first Tuesday of every month to get together, get a trim around the edges, and enjoy a meal. Last month’s Haircut Night was a particularly memorable one. 

“So when are you going to work in a real school?”

 
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