Posted in Adult Learning Theory, Instructional planning

Hang Tight! Learning Curve Ahead!!


Help Adult Learners Metamorphose through the Four Stages of Competency

In an effort to improve training, Noel Burch, while working for Gordon Training International in the 1970s, analyzed adults as learners and found that adults progress through four distinct stages of competency. These stages help a lesson designer or a trainer empathize and visualize the overall progression of the learner’s abilities. Let’s look at Burch’s four stages and consider some strategies to help guide the learner through the tough stuff…
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Posted in Adult Learning Theory

Andragogy is not a Pokémon!


The translation of Andragogy is man-leading, but it is a term widely used to describe adult learning. 

Time to train those colleagues! Or help a coworker embrace the new technology the boss just purchased. Maybe this is your role or maybe this is a new experience for you. But, there you are – in charge of someone else’s learning. What are some ideas to get you started on the path of successful training?

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Posted in Reading Intervention

Do These Socks Match?


When text complexity overwhelms learners, embrace long-term goals.

Do you have a struggling learner in your class? Being a competent learner involves many skills. One very important skill is comprehension – reading comprehension. In the simplest terms, reading comprehension refers to understanding the text. But, what if the ability of the learner does not match the complexity of the text? Continue reading “Do These Socks Match?”

Posted in Post secondary education

Dream It, Work Hard for It, Choose Wisely


California State University, Fullerton

Masters of Science degree in Instructional Design and Technology

This blog is an opportunity for  me to share what I am learning during  CSU Fullerton’s Masters of Science degree in Instructional Design and Technology program. This MSIDT program fuses instructional design techniques, theories, practices, and approaches with emerging technological tools for development and communication. It is a rigorous, fast-paced program delivered online. Continue reading “Dream It, Work Hard for It, Choose Wisely”

Posted in Instructional planning

Get On the Phantom Bus, It Is Time for A Virtual Tour!


Utilizing Background Knowledge         

Before crafting a lesson, it is important to assess the learners’ needs by evaluating their existing knowledge base, or background knowledge. Background knowledge refers to a learner’s experiences, skills, and understandings of a topic. Background knowledge is also known as prior knowledge and it is essential in understanding themes, improving comprehension, and making connections. Continue reading “Get On the Phantom Bus, It Is Time for A Virtual Tour!”

Posted in Instructional planning, Reading Intervention

Scaffolding for Success


Scaffolding a lesson is like a layered cake. Each layer is built on the other. Any weak layers will cause the cake to fail. When designing lessons to reach ALL learners, look for gaps in understanding and build a strong lesson in layers for learner success. Here are five ideas to get you started…

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Posted in Instructional Technology

The Secret We Share

I have a secret to share. Not a really gooey, skeleton-in-the-closet secret. Sorry. Nor is this the type of secret that is locked away in a journal – far from prying eyes. This secret is a simple desire, a truly simple desire. I don’t think I am the only one with this secret. I will crack it open and we can examine the secret together. Here it is: Clone me. No really, clone me. There! It is out of the proverbial bag. That is my secret aspiration.

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First blog post

Welcome on my journey!

I wish I could say my life has been a well laid-out plan of goals and accomplishments. Not so. Sure there have been goals achieved and pursuits fulfilled, but overall, my life’s journey has been more of a meandering path driven by curiosity and a why not attitude.

This blog comes after many years of teaching in a variety of roles. One thing I know for sure is that I learn most from and with others. Collaboration inspires me! I hope to provide a place to humbly share thoughts, tricks, and observations about the changing dynamics technology is bringing to the classroom to reach all learners.

Most of my teaching experience is as an elementary classroom teacher. I have spent several years working with struggling middle school readers, too. Learning to me is a puzzle needing to be solved. And, nothing feels better as an instructor than when a learner finally gets it! With this blog, I am hoping other instructors will join me in the pursuit of that magical moment when the eyes light up, the training wheels come off, and learner starts pedaling down the road to academic success.