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Cheryl Hordenchuk

  • This final project was an interesting experience in many regards.  It is challenging in the rush of our daily teaching lives to make time to work on outside projects which everyone is well aware of.  What I f […]

  • Cheryl Hordenchuk posted a new activity comment 1 year, 10 months ago

    Angela! You look great! Nice to see you and Robert online as well. 🙂 Glad to see that I am not the only one who had these thoughts. I think your mom’s message as you have updated it is very appropriate: “Share how you want to be perceived in this world.” is a simple message for everyone to consider as we continue to use the internet. Have a…[Read more]

  • I consider myself a private person. It is one of the reason’s that I don’t have facebook and also one of the reason’s Renee Jacques gives in her article “11 Reasons You Should Quit Facebook in 2014”. Yes, I se […]

    • Angela! You look great! Nice to see you and Robert online as well. 🙂 Glad to see that I am not the only one who had these thoughts. I think your mom’s message as you have updated it is very appropriate: “Share how you want to be perceived in this world.” is a simple message for everyone to consider as we continue to use the internet. Have a great day. CH

  • When I moved overseas 12 years ago, facebook and skype were brand new. In terms of communicating with family and friends, I opted to use Skype and email. I never got set up with facebook. As a high school teacher […]

  • Cheryl Hordenchuk posted a new activity comment 1 year, 10 months ago

    Hi Shiori,

    Well I wish I could say that I have started to whisper in the online community but I am still a wall flower. Watching, reading, observing. I guess the first step is just joining so now we can get the courage to participate.

    Let me know what you end up doing.
    Cheryl

  • Cheryl Hordenchuk posted a new activity comment 1 year, 10 months ago

    Bobbi,

    Thanks for reading! Well I wish I could say that the downward spiral was fun and gave me a rush of excitement. But seriously, it gave me nightmares and just kept me in hiding for awhile. The sun did come out and I do feel better but I acknowledge that perhaps I am doing too much and want it all done perfectly and that just isn’t…[Read more]

  • I have learned a few things about myself on this journey through the first course.

    My desire to have things done perfectly is holding me back from learning. I need to let go (easier said than done) and just do […]

    • Thank you for sharing the unit Cheryl. Better late than never! As you know, when we designed the city vs country side unit last year, it was not easy to find authentic ways to use technology to support students learning of the units skills. I myself just finished teaching this unit before spring break and did very similar assessments. I have samples of student work that I can share with you ( presentational speaking and reflective blogs). Apart from using Internet to access authentic material in the target language, I find it hard to integrate technology in a more meaningful way as a tool for learning with novice language students. I would love to find ways where students with developing language skills can still create with language, share, publish, learn… So far, I have only explored I-movie as a tool for digital story telling (it can work as a presentational performance task after every unit). I am also looking for opportunities for students to interact and collaborate with other students ( ideally French native speakers to make the experience more genuine). It is my goal this last quarter to find other virtual classrooms for collaborative learning.
      As you mentioned, it would be great to have affordable softwares for pronounciation and speaking skills in general than can provide students with immediate feedback. In the meantime, online audio dictionaries have been helpful to my students.

      Finally, ” don’t let perfect be the enemy of good” Voltaire… Bon courage!

  • After reading edutopia’s Shaping Tech for the Classroom, I spent some time trying to imagine the education that my children will have by 2030.  I wondered if it would still be stuck where it is now, trying to get […]

  • So I set off on a search for ideas and resources to use in the upcoming unit plan.  Given my background as a foreign language classroom teacher and an online language teacher, I wanted to see what else was out […]

  • Cheryl Hordenchuk posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

    Jon,
    Thanks for your tips. I have them all open in new windows and I am trying not to freak out about all the windows open! I will try some of your advice and see how it goes.
    Merci,
    Cheryl

  • Cheryl Hordenchuk posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

    Brenda,
    Thanks for reading the dark side of my experience. I am happy to say that I have a much better feeling about things now. I am far from being settled and have a routine but I am working with what I can do when I can do it.
    Hope things are going ok for you.
    Cheryl

  • Cheryl Hordenchuk posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

    Thank you Marcello. I appreciate your response. I guess I am stuck in the traditional mode of making sure I do everything that I am told. I find it weird to skim things. My brain wants silence sometimes to process the information that is coming at me. I am determined to find a routine that works. Secret is out, I need a routine. I thrive on…[Read more]

  • Cheryl Hordenchuk posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

    Thanks Byron. I appreciate your response despite my the darkness of my post. I must say that I was in a rut but luckily the sun is out and I am attempting to get back in the swing of things. I have been ‘silently observing’ as I just posted about in my post today so we will see what will come of it. Merci.
    Cheryl

  • Lately I have been thinking about how I got to be where I am today.  What was my learning journey that led me here?  I spent some time reflecting about how we go to university to be trained as teachers but how m […]

    • Hi Cheryl,
      I felt exactly the same as you. When I don’t know about something or when I want to know about something I always google it or search on Youtube. Most of the time I could get the answer but If I want to know something more and specific things, I can’t ask someone so usually give up wondering. So I am very surprised that you searched a community! It’s amazing!
      And I totally understand to be invisible in an online community. It’s just easy to just observe what’s going on and get some useful information by listening.
      Thank you for a new idea about joining online community and knowing that I am not the only one who is not comfortable being in the online community.
      I will try to give it a shot to join the community and being visible:) Hope we can get over this together!
      Shiori

      • Hi Shiori,

        Well I wish I could say that I have started to whisper in the online community but I am still a wall flower. Watching, reading, observing. I guess the first step is just joining so now we can get the courage to participate.

        Let me know what you end up doing.
        Cheryl

  • Cheryl Hordenchuk posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

    Stephanie,

    Thank you for linking. I am kind of laughing at myself right now as I have been bouncing around reading the comments and responding. Jeff says “link, link, link” and you linked. Then when I read the links I thought: Man, this IS amazing. These are little ‘lists’ for me! (I love lists.) So thank you for sharing and helping me on…[Read more]

  • Cheryl Hordenchuk posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

    Jeff,

    Thanks. You make it sound so easy. Is it really that easy? I hope so.

    Cheryl

  • Cheryl Hordenchuk posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

    Thanks Rebekah. Unfortunately I didn’t do much as I went into hiding and tried to manage the internal conflict my brain was having with how to deal with this. 🙂 However, I am back out of the hole and I am rereading the comments again from February with a new outlook and feeling better, especially since I just posted my troubled thoughts again…[Read more]

  • Cheryl Hordenchuk posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

    Thanks for sharing Morgan. I think there is a lot to learn out here/there. I have watched twitter chats for World Languages and watch a lot of activity that is going on in language circles. I guess I am still tentative to take the plunge and really engage. Luckily, I can see that I still have some time to view and learn and increase my comfort…[Read more]

  • How many times have I told my students to just do the work?  Just do it, don’t dig yourself into a hole which will be too deep to get out of.  Answer: too many to count.  What did I do?  I bailed.  I posted thre […]

    • Dear Cheryl, I selected your piece as it was the most recent on the blogroll from our Cohort6 group. I don’t think that you are far off the mark when it comes to how you are feeling and your overwhelming position plus doing this class. I think that your post sounds a little like mine from this week. I did read your entire post last night and was too full of information from my own work and then reading your work to post. Let me just say this… I feel your struggle and know it somewhat like my own. Hang in there. We will all be done shortly with course 1 and I can tell that you love to write.

      • Brenda,
        Thanks for reading the dark side of my experience. I am happy to say that I have a much better feeling about things now. I am far from being settled and have a routine but I am working with what I can do when I can do it.
        Hope things are going ok for you.
        Cheryl

    • Hi Cheryl,

      So it sounds like you are struggling with all of the information that you find pouring out of your RSS feed. What to do with it, how to find time and energy to read anything deeply, how to make sense of it and synthesize it.
      But you are a writer, that much is clear. I am no expert, but if I were in your shoes, I would find an idea, either in one post you read, or in a couple of posts that you come across, and write about that. A small step in the right direction. You don’t have to read and digest everything, although you might feel like you have obligations to your course etc.
      Managing all of this information is something that I think we all deal with in different ways, depending on our character, the time we have available, etc. I struggle with it a lot, but have the luxury of having finished COETAIL a couple of years ago (I am a coach in your online 6 cohort). I do not have course obligations.
      I have not been much help, I fear, but I hope that you continue to write and enjoy your COETAIL journey.

      • Thank you Marcello. I appreciate your response. I guess I am stuck in the traditional mode of making sure I do everything that I am told. I find it weird to skim things. My brain wants silence sometimes to process the information that is coming at me. I am determined to find a routine that works. Secret is out, I need a routine. I thrive on routine and so far, this has not been a routine for me much to my chagrin. I hope it all falls together.
        Cheryl

    • Cheryl,

      Thanks for posting. I agree that the never ending sea of articles showing up on Twitter is overwhelming. My life isn’t as complicated as yours is (my kids are now in their 20’s and live away, too far away) but I share some of your feelings of being overwhelmed.

      Last night I was puzzling over how to improve my sixth grade class. I wanted to incorporate some of the concepts that I had used last weekend (planning with essential questions), but I was struggling. I happened across “Bacon’s Rebellion” and that seemed to be the missing link to making connections between Jamestown and the start of slavery in our country to our civil war in the 1860’s. It isn’t a complete answer, but it excited me enough to get me through. I guess I would just scan the RSS and Twitter accounts and look for titles that appeal to you, or catch your fancy. The RSS and Twitter are opportunities, not obligations…

      I also liked you ideas about writing. I too have enjoyed writing for this class, even though the topics aren’t always what is most on my mind (political turmoil & baseball).

      Good luck with finding a path through your challenges.

      Byron

      • Thanks Byron. I appreciate your response despite my the darkness of my post. I must say that I was in a rut but luckily the sun is out and I am attempting to get back in the swing of things. I have been ‘silently observing’ as I just posted about in my post today so we will see what will come of it. Merci.
        Cheryl

    • Jon,
      Thanks for your tips. I have them all open in new windows and I am trying not to freak out about all the windows open! I will try some of your advice and see how it goes.
      Merci,
      Cheryl

    • Hi Cheryl,

      I read your post awhile back, and have wanted to comment. Ironically, I was spiralling and well, missed the chance. I appreciate your voice and frankness that you have written about how you are feeling. We have spoken of this before, and not that I want to celebrate your overwhelmed and out-of-control feeling, but I was happy to read that this spiral is not empty, and others are whirling with us. The bonus about being late in the game to comment is reading all the other comments and responses that you have received. I feel I have reaped the reward.

      I see in your last post that you have found some ‘sun’. I would like to hear where your spiral turned around and there was an up swing — I think I am still looking for the life preserver out of the whirl 🙂 Back to organizing and listing those important things.

      Hope you have a good break!

      • Bobbi,

        Thanks for reading! Well I wish I could say that the downward spiral was fun and gave me a rush of excitement. But seriously, it gave me nightmares and just kept me in hiding for awhile. The sun did come out and I do feel better but I acknowledge that perhaps I am doing too much and want it all done perfectly and that just isn’t happening. The one thing I want to do is really focus on creating habits (better habits than the ones I have right now for COETAIL). I guess I am showing my age of being a digital immigrant and trying to figure out all the bells and whistles. It makes me think of my Grandmas and the remotes, or cordless phones, or the idea of Skype which one of them still can’t really understand!

        Hopefully there is a calm after the storm and we will be able to reboot.
        Cheryl

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