The biggest benefit to teaching at Michigan Connections Academy is the amount of collaboration that occurs. I love the Learning Coach involvement and the critical role that plays in helping students succeed. I love having a team of amazing educators to work with and help guide instruction, analyze data, and share best practices. When I was a brick-and-mortar school teacher, I would have conferences twice a year and not a lot of participation. At Michigan Connections Academy, I am communicating with families constantly and can work with students one-on-one as well as communicating with Learning Coaches at least twice a month.
The most important thing to me as a teacher is having time with students. In elementary, we host whole-group, small-group, and one-on-one LiveLesson® sessions with our students. During our lessons, we prioritize participation and interaction with webcams and microphones. I also incorporate opportunities for students to share throughout the year in our LiveLesson room and to get peer feedback and praise.