Rethinking Failure in Competency-Based Education

Failure, in one way or another, can seem unavoidable. The experience can take on different meanings for each of us, but the fear behind it is something we all share. Recently I watched a Ted talk from Diana Laufenberg. She’s an 11th grade American History teacher in Wisconsin. Diana passionately explains in her ten-minute talk … Continue reading Rethinking Failure in Competency-Based Education

Syncing Up: Going Asynchronous

As a new educator, I divide my time between writing and developing courses with Virtual High School and Hekademia and occasional teaching with a conventional school board. Some people say I have the best of both worlds, while others say I’m crazy.  However, I think that I am incredibly fortunate to be learning so much…okay, … Continue reading Syncing Up: Going Asynchronous

Adaptive Competency eLearning: Self-Paced Learning at its Best

What is Adaptive Competency eLearning? Adaptive: the learning environment (or technology) responds to the student’s level of understanding and directs them to the content that will help them make connections. Competency: students must demonstrate that they are competent in each standard in order to move to the next module of study (an understanding of 75% … Continue reading Adaptive Competency eLearning: Self-Paced Learning at its Best