TPA #2-Submission Update

I took a month off of my Master’s courses and even updating my site to focus on getting my TPA #2 put together and submitted. I admit working in Taskstream is tedious to me with all the pop-ups, timeouts and other annoyances. So I worked on writing my answers out on a google document. I copied my answers onto the Taskstream form and then I realized my mistake. I did not copy the directions. Somewhere along the way, I forgot that each question had a maximum limit of 10k characters and started thinking 10k words. So about 75% of my answers were within that 10k character limit, about 10% of my answers were easily editable down to the 10k limit but the remaining 15% of my answers were way-way too long. It was a long and super frustrating process of editing my responses down to the 10k character limit. So if you hate working in Taskstream and opt to write in a word document, make sure to note the 10k limit for each question so you don’t end up frustrated like me. I completed the work, turned it in on 11/25/2017 at 4:19pm and began to wait anxiously for the scoring.

SUPER Resource Spotlight: Edutopia

Edutopia has been a go-to stop for education resources. I think one of my favorite parts is the video archive which lets me view other people’s projects in action to get a better understanding of what it might look like in my own classroom.  Seeing a positive example of a success in the classroom will help me be better prepared to design similar curriculum for my own class. Edutopia has great articles and videos on a wide array of topics including but not limited to technology integration in the classroom, differentiated instructionassessments, cooperative learning, project-based learning, curriculum development, etc. The list goes on and on, certainly worth bit of time to explore.

Technology Resource Spotlight: Kahoot

I visited Kahoot and played a few Kahoots that were on the site to get a feel for it. I can see how this would be awesome if you had a 1 to 1 device classroom. It would be great to use during instruction to check for understanding and poll students. I can see this as at any point during the unit. Probe for prior knowledge as we begin a unit, checking for understanding as we progress through the unit or even as a review for a chapter test. My professors have used Kahoots in my classes, I found them fun and engaging. 

Technology Resource Spotlight-Straw Poll

Straw Poll is a site that lets you write your own polls. It took me to a page where I could type my Poll question and answer options in right away. I created a poll: Do you like apples or oranges more? I selected No Duplication Checking since my students might be completing the poll from a limited number of computers in our classroom. This was so quick and easy. It is not fancy but for a quick poll, this gets the job done! I have used Google Forms before but this is so much faster to get a poll live. While I imagine I would still prefer Google Forms when I create items in advance, I have wanted to Poll students on the fly and this is a perfect resource for that task. I can see using this as a check for understanding during units, especially if we are a 1 to 1 device classroom. However, for data collection purposes Google Forms is still probably still my go to. 

Learning Styles Test-Part Three

This is the third and final of three posts about learning styles. If you missed it, you should take a moment a check-out Post One, where I outlined how to take this test as well as what the different categories mean, in very simple terms and Post Two, where I shared my own results. This post answers the question, how will your learning style affect your teaching, and your students’ ability to be successful?

I believe that teachers have an easier time teaching using their own learning style and we must be conscious that it will likely become a teaching style preference. It is my goal to create lessons that appeal to all learning styles creating multiple component or mini-activities to engage the different learning styles. I remember school before I understood my own learning style, how much I struggled to do what seemed to come effortlessly to others. I remember those elementary and middle school teachers that were a nightmare to understand and dreading going to those classes. I remember those teachers that everything clicked the first moment they spoke and those that were somewhere in the middle. In hindsight, I understand that those teachers that were hard taught to a different learning style, those that just clicked taught to my learning style and those in the middle taught to a variety of learning styles. I want to be the last kind of teacher, I plan to set aside my own preferences and teach to all my students, appealing to their own learning styles because after all, they are the ones needing to learn the material, not me. I believe that this will give my students the greatest chance at success.

Learning Styles Test-Part Two

This is the second of three posts about learning styles.If you missed it, you should take a moment a check-out Post One where I outlined how to take this test as well as what the different categories mean, in very simple terms. 

In the ILS test, there are four learning style dimensions, which have two opposing categories.  

1-3 scores: indicates that you are pretty well balanced between the two categories for that dimension with a small preference for one

5-7 scores: indicates a moderate preference for one category of that dimension and may struggle with learning if your style is not at least equally represented

9-11: indicates a strong preference for one category of that dimension and will likely struggle with learning if your style is not at least equally represented

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As I have mentioned in other posts, I prefer tests that offer me a scale response instead of an either-or choice. I feel that this test did not capture the depth of my verbal score accurately based on my personal experience and learning style assessments that I have had professionally administered to me. Perhaps, it is shortness of the test, the either-or choice style of the questions or the questions themselves that skew my score. However, the other scores seem to be in line with both my experiences and prior assessments which makes me think that this is a pretty decent evaluation tool.



Felder, R. M., & Soloman, B. A. (n.d.). Index of Learning Styles Results. Retrieved October 05, 2017, from

Learning Style Test-Part One

This is the first of three posts in a series about discovering your learning style. Now that I have shared my personality test with you I am going to share another useful type of assessment. You must select which of the two answers fits you better for forty-four questions. For example,

  1. I understand something better after I:
    1. try it out.
    2. think it through.

The Index of Learning Styles Questionnaire helps you to discover your personal learning style. Is your learning style: active or reflective, sensing or intuitive, visual or verbal and sequential or global?

Active learners: retain info best when they do something, talk about it, teach others or apply it

Reflective learners: do best when they think quietly about the material first

Sensing Learners: like facts, dislike surprises and solving problems by established methods

Intuitive Learners: like exploring possibilities and relationships, they are innovative in problem-solving

Visual Learners: work best with pictures, charts, diagrams, flowcharts, etc.

Verbal Learners: work best with written and spoken words

Sequential Learners: prefer linear step by step organized learning, they can explain what they learned to others

Global Learners: learn in jumps, taking in new info randomly but not really understanding until like a switch they “get it” all of a sudden but often have trouble explaining how it works or why

Check out my next post to see my scores.


Felder, R. M., & Soloman, B. A. (n.d.). Index of Learning Styles Questionnaire. Retrieved October 05, 2017, from

Felder, R. M. (n.d.). Learning Styles and Strategies. Retrieved October 5, 2017, from