Workshop Outline and Guidelines*
About Fifty Shades of Chaos
The story behind this website is complicated. I was a member of a website called Cafemom for many years. It was an online forum-based social group of women that shared ideas, thoughts, opinions, and discussions with other moms. When the community closed, I created an alternative community site now call Friends of Cafemom. A little over a year later, COVID strikes, and I found myself doing virtual instructions teaching sign language and dance. I must say teaching ballet virtually is not an easy task! As I ventured through the journey of adapting to online teaching, I decided to open a website to expand my classes online. I believe virtual learning will continue to expand with or without COVID.
My second reason for opening this site is because the classes I teach provide a lot of information. The Google Classroom is sufficient for posting materials and keeping in touch with current students; however, students have difficulty getting reconnected. It also limits access to courses they previously took and resources from the courses. I decided to create my own website to develop a mobile application so that my students, face-to-face or online, can always find and access previous course details and information.
I currently teach through a Community Education center in my local school district. It is my long-term goal to teach for a community college. Overall, I have been teaching both children and adults in various classes for over thirty years. I am ready to adapt and shift some of my teaching methods to online learning.
About the Title Fifty Shades of Chaos
My reason behind choosing Fifty Shades of Chaos comes from quick thinking of a community named Friends of Cafemom. The title popped in my head because life is chaotic, and we learn to balance the chaos. I have put together an online blog and social site at @50shadesofchaos.com. The original goal was to offer empowerment and growth for women around the world. Fifty Shades of Chaos was initiated to offer workshops, courses, and tutorials. To ensure a consistent relationship between the two domains, I decided to keep my Course website on the fiftyshadesofchaos.com domain. This website is open to the general public and developed for my in-class students in mind.
The Website Workshop, Course, and Tutorial
The Gradual Release Model
Classes are strictly lecture-based to offer some introduction or in-depth information before enrolling in the course and tutorial classes. (GRR) is a teaching style framed around devolving responsibility within the learning process from the teacher to the gradual release independence of the learner. The steps and process of the GRR follow as:
- I Do It (Workshop): The instructor focuses on materials, overview, and insight of the subject or topic.
- We Do It (Course): Teacher-guided instructions students will follow or duplicate the steps and processes.
- You Do It Together (Course): Students use collaborative learning by utilizing the Group/Classroom discussions and other site resources and activities.
- You Do It Alone (Tutorial): Students work on projects and exercises for assessment to demonstrate that learning has occurred.
Workshops are strictly lecture-based to offer some introduction or in-depth information before enrolling in the course and tutorial classes.
- Workshops are the I Do It (GRR) method where the instructor leads the content and materials providing information about the subject/topic.
- The purpose is to give a full overview of the subject-topic.
- Workshops use a lot of visual and auditory materials.
- Workshops are sometimes required and are always recommended before enrolling in courses and tutorials.
- All workshops offer a participation certificate.
Courses demonstrate the We Do It and You Do It Together (GRR) method both instructor and students work through the sessions and projects together.
- Instructors lead courses while students follow through a step-by-step process.
- Courses offer various media and resources to enhance online learning, such as presentations, Zoom meetings, videos, and reading materials.
- The purpose is to allow students to watch and demonstrate the exercises to ensure learning is taking place.
- Students will utilize the Group/Classroom for exchanging information, ask questions, and collaborate with others.
- All courses offer a completion certificate.
Tutorials demonstrate the You Do It (GRR) method; the student will use projects and assessment tools to demonstrate learning has occurred.
- Tutorials are led by the students working through different exercises or projects.
- Teachers offer feedback on exercises and projects to enhance learning and applying skills and knowledge to the subject.
- Some assessments require a specific score to proceed or complete the tutorial class.
- Students can continue to connect with others in the Group/Classroom for support and feed-back.
- All tutorials offer a completion certificate.
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