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  1. 1. Virtual Commute: A Day in the Life of an HTA Teacher November 18, 2008
  2. 2. Just another day at the office …
  3. 3. … with a few differences.
  4. 5. Virtual Commute: A Day in the Life of an HTA Teacher
  5. 6. Communication and Organization
  6. 17. What Do I Do Each Week? Where do I start?
  7. 19. The week’s assignments found in the pacing guide
  8. 20. The week’s assignments in a foreign language class
  9. 22. Missing scores from a computer scored assignment
  10. 23. Missing scores from a teacher scored assignment - once the assignments have been graded and returned to the students
  11. 24. Foreign language teachers see a different view. The day after a teacher scored test, the grade book indicates who took the test, who didn’t and which ones still need to be graded. Student did not take the test Student test needs to be graded
  12. 25. “ Are you aware that you/your child missed a test? Please let me take some time to go over my late policy with you…..”
  13. 26. “ Dear Johnny B. Good, Are you aware that you missed a quiz this week? Please have your parent contact me so we can discuss the late policy……”
  14. 28. The user activity log lets teachers on the LMS know how much each student has been logged in. This is a good indication of a student’s activity. Excessive absenteeism requires a phone call.
  15. 29. This gives the foreign language teacher an immediate view of the last time a student Logged in. Excessive absences require a phone call.
  16. 30. “ I see that you haven’t been logging in to my class. Is there a problem….”
  17. 33. “ I see your tests scores are falling into the F range, is there something I can do to help you? Please plan to be on my ClassConnect session this week so we can go over the key concepts you are struggling with.”
  18. 35. ClassConnect session will start in 10 minutes….feel free to talk until then
  19. 39. In addition to everything else… <ul><li>Being a teacher in a virtual school is not limited to courses/curriculum. </li></ul><ul><li>There are many other aspects to the position. </li></ul><ul><li>It is important to understand the various components in order to effectively plan out your day/week/month. </li></ul>
  20. 40. Professional Development <ul><li>Most states require teachers to renew their certificates/licenses via professional development </li></ul><ul><li>Be on the lookout for emails announcing opportunities for professional development </li></ul><ul><li>Contact your local professional development committee regarding requirements </li></ul>
  21. 41. Teacher/Team Meetings <ul><li>Depending on the school, the teaching staff meets on a regular basis, both in person and via conference calls </li></ul><ul><li>These meetings generally address issues regarding testing, the LMS, protocol, student contacts, and many more. </li></ul><ul><li>The frequency is typically weekly for calls, monthly for in-person. </li></ul>
  22. 42. Extra Curricular Planning <ul><li>Offering extra curricular opportunities is a great way to encourage and motivate students </li></ul><ul><li>However, planning the activities takes time; it is best to set up a predetermined day/time to work on the activity </li></ul><ul><li>If you head up an extra curricular, it is important to map out the frequency of your meetings (typically via ClassConnect), as well as the duration </li></ul>
  23. 43. Committee Work <ul><li>Working on a committee, whether local or K12, is voluntary </li></ul><ul><li>Should you decide to participate, be sure to make note of committee meeting times as they can often conflict with other local commitments. </li></ul>
  24. 47. <ul><li>Requires a balance between work and home life. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember: there is always something else to do! Set limits. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn to close that laptop! </li></ul>
  25. 49. <ul><li>Working at the computer may cause erratic sleep patterns, headaches, back pain, and a poor attention span, among other ailments. </li></ul>
  26. 50. <ul><li>When you listen to your body, you aren’t exhibiting weak or “soft” behavior. </li></ul><ul><li>Athletes have learned that when you keep tabs on what your body says, you exhibit a willingness to find your true physical limits. </li></ul><ul><li>Who’s to say that you aren’t a computer athlete and that signs of pain or fatigue aren’t signals that you’ve taken on more than you can handle? </li></ul>
  27. 51. <ul><li>The best way to stay in touch with your body is through exercise. </li></ul><ul><li>If you haven’t exercised in a while, it’s best to start out slowly with stretches and walking and then slowly work your way into more strenuous workouts. </li></ul>
  28. 52. <ul><li>One way to avoid the physical, emotional, and mental problems that result from computer overload is to take a 10-minute break several times per day. </li></ul><ul><li>Look at your coffee break as an opportunity to walk up and down several flights of stairs for cardiovascular fitness. </li></ul><ul><li>Walk up the stairs for the most benefit; walk down if this practice is new for you. But, be careful: more people fall when walking down staircases than when walking up them. </li></ul>
  29. 53. <ul><li>The closer to eating that you exercise the bigger the benefit, so take a walk before you eat lunch and you’ll reduce the impact provided by that meal. </li></ul>
  30. 54. <ul><li>A good chair or other options for other situations (like an affinity for sitting on the floor) can help to correct your posture. </li></ul><ul><li>Here is a great link for laptop ergonomics: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ergoindemand.com/laptop-computer-ergonomics.htm </li></ul>
  31. 55. <ul><li>If you experience burning, tightness, sharp pains, dull pains, watering, blurring, double vision, headaches, and other sensations in your eyes, something isn’t right in the vision department. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn how to recognize and prevent some eyestrain problems. If you haven’t visited an eye doctor in over a year, make an appointment now to make sure that your vision problems are physical rather than caused by your environment. </li></ul>
  32. 56. <ul><li>Some say that the willingness to multitask is a response to the “fight or flight” syndrome, where the multitasker uses simultaneous tasks to avoid confronting emotional issues. </li></ul><ul><li>On the other hand, multitasking has been born out of the ability to accomplish several tasks at one time through technology. </li></ul><ul><li>Multitasking can be counterproductive and it can also cause health problems including anxiety and depression. </li></ul>
  33. 57. <ul><li>Submit your body to physical exams. </li></ul><ul><li>Whether you choose to maintain an annual schedule for that physical checkup is up to you, but when you feel off-kilter and can’t pinpoint the problem then you should make an appointment for some physical exams. </li></ul>
  34. 58. <ul><li>25 Free Health Tips for Computer Nerds </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.rewardprograms.org/thefreegeek/features/25_free_health_tips_for_computer_nerds_designers_and_bloggers.html </li></ul>

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