Category Archives: Online Learning

Math for High Ability Learners–at the University of Iowa

Just a quick note to let you know that I’m teaching Math for High Ability Learners, a 3 week virtual workshop offered at the University of Iowa beginning January 21.  The workshop is worth 1-hour of graduate or undergraduate credit from the University of Iowa.

To register for the course click here.

The focus of the course will be designing mathematics lessons to meet the needs of both the typical and the high-ability learners in K-12 mathematics classrooms.

To get a better idea of the coursework here’s the syllabus:

MHAL Spring 14–Syllabus.

I hope you’ll join me!



Staying Motivated in Online AP Courses


The Iowa Online Advanced Placement Academy (IOAPA) allows Iowa students to take APTM classes online.  IOAPA is especially meant for rural schools that do not have the resources to support APTM classes.  Educators can learn more at

There is no getting around it—online APTM courses can be difficult to complete.  This can be especially true for students whose drive dwindles during the semester.  With that in mind, how can IOAPA students boost their motivation?

Create a realistic schedule

Given that IOAPA students must structure study time more so than students who take classroom-based courses, it is crucial that they create realistic work schedules.  A mistake commonly made by teenagers and adults alike is to assume tasks take a shorter time to complete than they actually do.  Students should thus plan sufficient time for each course assignment.  Furthermore, they must recognize when to say no to activities…

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30 Day Student Blogging Challenge: Introducing . . .

Well the 30 Day Blogging Challenge has begun and I have my students I’m mentoring!  Do me a favor and check out their blogs, won’t you?

Chris: Minecraft and Football

Olivia: Softball and Talking

Braxton: Football and Baseball

Megan: Reading and Playing Volleyball

Abby: The Color Pink and Playing the Flute

Aaron: Video Games and Reading

Liam: Baseball and Basketball

Jacob: Technology and Art

Will: Soccer and Xbox

Louis: Golf and Hockey

Donovan: Tennis and Football

Mitch: Football and Baseball

Brooke: Horseback Riding and Art

John: Making Dubstep and Parkour

Cogan: Writing, Reading, and Swimming

Nicholas: Motorcross and Lacrosse

Audrey: Video Games and Skateboarding

Heather: Swimming and Diving

Brooke: Volleyball and Dance

Travis: Elvis Presley and Band

Savannah: Field Hockey and Art

Lindsey: Art and Poetry

Gillian: Basketball and Crafts

Briana: Reading and Writing

Kenzie: Basketball and Volleyball

Benjamin: Hockey and Tennis

Allison: Tennis and Reading

Desirae: Texting and Watching Scary Movies

Simon: Soccer and Piano

Jared: Video Games and Sports

Jonathan: Drawing and Archery

Kenzie: Volleyball and Cheerleading

Michaela: Softball and Field Hockey

Olivia: Horseback Riding and Basketball

Hunter: Baseball and Video Games

Ryan: Cooking and Gaming

I’m An IOAPA Mentor…Now What?


The Iowa Online Advanced Placement Academy (IOAPA) allows Iowa students to take AP classes online.  IOAPA is especially meant for rural schools that do not have the resources to provide AP classes.  Educators can learn more at

IOAPA: Mentoring Students Enrolled in Online Courses

Mentors for online APTM courses through Apex Learning help high school students make the most out of these challenging educational experiences. In approaching a mentoring role, you may ask yourself: What can I do to best support my students?

Mentor Responsibilities

Mentors are expected to meet daily with students, review student progress, and proctor exams. They provide frequent encouragement and assist students in learning content. Although mentors can connect students with content experts when students need instructional assistance, it is most beneficial to the student if the mentor teaches in the content area of the student’s course (e.g., a student enrolled in an…

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