VTVLC Talks with a Teacher – Rebecca Lowe

For the past 15 years, I have been teaching online in some form, whether it be a blended course or completely asynchronous. I also have experienced being an online student as I earned my masters degree through an online program. I got involved in online teaching because I see myself as a lifelong learner and I want to model a growth mindset for my students. It is essential as a professional educator to keep up with the changes and developments in education. Online teaching was a way for me to improve and develop into a highly effective teacher.

One of the most important things I have learned is that online teaching is highly effective if you are willing to transcend traditional models of teaching and learning.

In addition to teaching online, I serve as a mentor to prospective and new online teachers. One of the biggest challenges is debunking the myths about online teaching and learning. Many inexperienced online teachers and traditional teachers believe that online teaching is less effective, less engaging, and less rigorous. In fact, online classes are as effective or even more effective than traditional face-to-face classes. Ultimately we want our students to take responsibility for their own learning and this is a benefit of online classes taught by well-trained, open-minded, and creative teachers within their discipline.

Rebecca Lowe
Lyndon Institute

AP Statistics
Geometry in Constructions Algebra I
Personal Finance Pre-Calculus

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