Dr. André-Perales

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I have been a Social Science teacher for 22 years. I have enjoyed teaching nearly all subjects within the field of Social Science including; A.P. European History, U.S. History, World History, African American Studies, Geography, Economics, Career Research & Development and Psychology. I am a graduate of Florida Atlantic University. I have a Bachelor's in Sociology and a Master's degree in Public Administration. I am currently a student at Walden University, where I have earned a Specialist degree in Education and am currently working on my Doctorate in Teacher Leadership. I still love what I do, so it never feels like work. :-)

Special Needs – 1 – Developing an Individualized Plan


Review and compare the two sample individualized student plans provided below. Both sample plans are written for the same student. Keeping in mind the best practices discussed in this lesson, consider the strengths and weaknesses of each plan and decide which you find to be the preferred option for the online environment. Post in your […]

Special Needs – 1- Accommodations in an Online Environment


Reflect on your experiences with your students. Think of a situation in which online education may have been a preferable option for one of your special needs students or a student with an extenuating circumstance. If you do not have an example of a situation you have had as an educator, you may want to extend […]

Special Needs – 1- Applying Strategies and Best Practices


Choose two of the student scenarios below. First, identify at least two difficulties each student may be experiencing in their online class. Then, discuss two best practices or specific strategies that might be helpful to each student. Scenarios Joyce has accommodations for an Emotional/Behavioral Disorder. Her mother informed you that Joyce’s specific diagnosis is Anxiety and Depression, and she sometimes […]

Self-Reflection on Teaching Abilities (Evaluate,3.1.2)


  This personal blog will serve as my e-portfolio. There is no greater “tool” for improvement than that of self-reflection.  Self-Reflection is one of the best methods to resolve inner conflict and gain clarity for you.  By conflict I do not mean turmoil, the conflict with improving regardless of the area of life.  As I reflect […]

Differentiation (Evaluate, 3.1.1)


Using data derived from my USATestPrep benchmarks, I can conduct an analysis of overall class performance as well as individual student data outcomes.  As an educator I can use this information to determine areas of strengths, but more importantly areas of need.  The examples below display a review of data collected for US History, Domain 1, […]

Rubrics and Competencies (Evaluate, 2.1.2)


Competency Based Education (CBE) is a process that moves education from concentrating on what instructors believe students need to know, teacher-focused, to what students need to know.  CBE’s are focused on learning competencies (outcomes) linked to state standards as defined by the Department of education. Depending on the course, learning outcomes may have progressive levels […]

Data Driven Instruction, Analytics, Reporting Tools (Evaluate, 2.1.1)


Instructors can benefit tremendously from the using the instructional objects in the LMS to monitor, assess, communicate, and evaluate students enrolled in their online classes. Enrollment and Attendance Enrollment, attendance and communication can be obtained from the LMS. Monitoring login trends of student can help an online instructor determine whether the student is spending enough […]

The Summative Assessment (Evaluate, 1.1.3)


Although I am not an online instructor, yet, I have used digital learning tools in my classroom throughout the year to assess student achievement. The LMS that I have used with the most frequency in the classroom is USATestPrep.  USATestPrep features teacher-directed learning resources.  It gives teachers the ability to develop diagnostic and remedial strategies […]

Quality Feedback (Evaluate, 1.1.2)


When giving feedback is important to know what type feedback is to be given.  When learning how to constructively deliver criticism or feedback the ultimate goal should be to know how to give the feedback and to do so constructively.  If used properly, feedback can assist in building up confidence of your students.  Used improperly, […]

Formative Assessment (Evaluate, 1.1.1)


  How might a teacher employ ways to assess student readiness for course content and method of delivery?  Some of the various methods an instructor can use to assess student readiness include: Creating valid and reliable assessments Demonstrating an understanding of standards-based learning Continually evaluating students using pre-test, post-test, and projects Using assessment result to […]

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