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Dr. Sharon Mistretta

With a depth of experience, I mentor educators and guide master's and doctoral candidates in diverse platforms, integrating technology across core subjects while fostering discussions on trends in 21st-century learning.

Let's collaborate to elevate your teaching strategies for hybrid education success.

Core Teaching Beliefs

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Universal Design for Learning
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The foundation of my teaching practices is Universal Design For Learning (UDL). I feel strongly that individual students have unique learning approaches that compel teachers to provide several means of content delivery and student choice in assessments.

The Hyflex Model
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I am amazed to witness the similarities in teaching and administrative practices on a global scale. My students in the United Arab Emirates, South Korea, and rural or urban demographics across the United States discuss the same difficulties in switching to online learning. I encourage teachers and administrators to employ the Hyflex model, which aligns with UDL to provide the same materials and resources to every student in their lesson planning.

Teach the Commonality of Tools, Not the Platform
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When faced with a myriad of new and established platforms that support teachers in HyFlex learning environments, we run the risk of buying into a platform that either become acquired by a fee-based entity or falls into disrepair because the vendor ceases to maintain the platform.

Substantive Feedback

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I believe that timely, substantive, formative feedback is essential to learning. Encouraging students to embrace their mistakes as part of the learning process, to give them ongoing feedback, and the opportunity to correct and refine their assignments are crucial components of the learning process.

Redefinition

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The core belief of redefinition aligns with Dr. Ruben Puentedura's Substitute, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition (SAMR) model. Educational technology can be transformative when teachers take tools to a new level. For instance, consider the location icon that we are all familiar with on our mobile devices.

Conclusion

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Ultimately, by implementing my core beliefs regarding educational technology and instructional design, my students become producers rather than consumers of technology

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