Designing Online Course for Homeschool Student


Dear homeschool  parents , welcome to my website!!!

I am a mom ,teacher ,and a learning coach. I know determining whether to homeschool your child has not been an easy thing for most of you. It’s a big duty that takes full dedication. You should have a lot of patience and commitment. Finding good courses, learning good teaching methods, keeping systematic academic records, and obtaining dependable resources are all in your responsibilities.

Homeschooled student can do well academically, but only if given suitable academic motivation from their families. If parents want their child to be successful academically they should take their commitment seriously. I know some parents devote themselves to their children’s academic progress while others ignore it. Without passion and collaboration from every family member, educating children at home does not seem to be possible. Most of the homeschooling parents have in common feature that is a total commitment to providing their kids the highest quality education. Some homeschoolers use experts to do some of the teachings the other ones hire a certified tutor to images-3teach the class to a student.One and a half year, my daughter has benefited immensely and have gained valuable learning experiences in Homeschooling through my Blended-Learning initiative. To bring change in any organization, I’ve clearly understood that giving information is not enough itself. It should be supported with other important steps.

All students have a different personality, level, and background. Some students work best in the morning, some in the evening, and some during the night.Some of them visual learners while others are kinesthetic. Students want the education that is tailored to their specific needs when it is provided they obtain success. Especially for homeschool student’s online courses are great opportunities.Supplementing homeschool instruction with online courses can help students to learn self-motivation, self-control, time management, and this century skills. Students can learn how to find information and answer any question on their own.Students no longer need to worry about accessing course materials.Online courses allow students to work whenever it is suitable for them. Materials, lectures, tests and assignments are accessible at any time.  For most of the learners, online courses are “easy, quick and fun to do”because of that reason they take responsibility and control their own learning.

These five weeks I will be designing an online course  for my daughter. I don’t have so much experience on utilizing technology device so at first even the title of the course came to me very challenging. But after a lot of reading and research , I have figured out the procedure of the designing online course. I believe this course will be a great gain for my personal and professional life. I have realized that creating an online course requires a large amount of time and effort. The online course instructor must take on many roles like the content provider to the content facilitator and must learn to teach effectively without the visual control provided by direct eye contact (Williams & Peters 1997). Per Moore (1993) Online learning teachers should assure three forms of interaction for maximum achievement. These are 1) learner-content interaction, 2) learner-instructor interaction, and 3) learner-learner interaction.

For my online course, I will be using Schoology as an LMS tool (Learning Management System ) as it is free and safe learning network for instructors, learners, and schools.With technology, teachers can connect, share content, create & access homework, participate in discussions and take class information. It is accessible from any mobile tool or computer with internet capabilities.My online course is about a Respiratory system.I have created five modules. I embrace constructivist learning theory besides that to support my learner I use other learning methods as well. When designing the online course I have learned that every single detail of the course must be planned precisely to abstinence from confusions. Directions for every assignment should be very clear.So the first week as a first step I have created my introduction and objectives.

In order to outline the online course,I have used Ubd template and Fink’s three column table .For this course, I will be using some great  materials and resources.To be able to make comparison where my daughter started and how much she has grown over the time I will use formative and summative assessment tools. My focus will not be what I taught to her but rather what she has learned.  The second week I have prepared half of my online course outline.This  week  I have designed  the rest of the outline of my online course.Please stay in tune!

Assessing Digital Learning and Instruction

We, educators, shape the next generation by influencing our student’s decisions, behaviors, strengths, and weaknesses. The teacher is an artist who is constantly thriving to improve his/her art (Stenhouse,  1985).

As a teacher in our classrooms, we encounter problems try to solve it. The current education system has many gaps but dedicated teachers can make the most difference to fulfill these gaps. We may not be able to improve the quality of education for every student. At least we can change and improve our students’ education. Action research is the perfect method for this purpose. It helps us to develop practical solutions to the problems. It provides many opportunities to reflect on our own situations .We observe other teachers to identify the skills and strategies we would like to have. This is my action research outline.Here is the timeline.block_1




Self-Differentiated Leadership

The last five weeks, I have had an opportunity to study some powerful strategies and I strongly believe that they have contributed a lot to my organization. In the first week I was asked to establish my “Why” statement and I have learned in order to bring change in any organization , I need to focus on the people’s heart , then I have understood how to outline the six sources of influence to gain the desired results ,the next step was to build up a 4DX model. This model taught me how to change people’s behavior in the whirlwind of daily life. I have internalized how I can effectively execute any plans with utilizing this model. Finally, I have reflected on how I will use leadership skills I gained from” A Failure of Nerve and Crucial Conversations for my innovation plan.”

There are three components that differ the normal conversation from that crucial ones. Crucial conversations occur when opinions are vary ,stakes are high ,emotions run strong , so it is better to make a plan beforehand to avoid our conversation goes different direction than how we think. The art of conversation looks like the other arts, it requires continued practice. With every crucial conversation, we gain experience and learn how to handle problems with ease.

In their book , Crucial Conversations :Tools for talking when stakes are high ,the authors Kerry Patterson, Joseph Granny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler mention that crucial conversations can happen to all of us in any part of our life. They also teach how to handle that kind of conversations. According to the book when we face with crucial conversations, our reaction becomes one of the three ways: 1-We avoid them, 2-We face them and handle them poorly, 3- We face them and handle them well” (Patterson, Granny, McMillan, Switzler, 2012).

I am a very sensitive person. I cannot hurt anybody and I cannot accept being hurt. In the past, I have had some bad experience. Because of that reason, most of the times, I prefer to avoid that type of conversations. Now in my organization, there are three people who are resistant to the homeschooling idea for different reasons. In order to get unstuck, I need to have some crucial conversations with them. If I ignore them, they may affect other team members. Therefore, I will deal with them separately.

The effective leader should  address the emotionally sensitive issues. As a future leader, I will go over the eight steps of the crucial conversations. I will make a plan beforehand to avoid our conversation goes the different direction than how I think. No matter how well the conversation begins, I will stay in charge of myself, my purpose and my emotions. Before going into the conversation, I will ask some questions to myself in order to identify the conversation ,like: What is my purpose for having the conversation? What do I want to accomplish? After make, it clear I will decide my approach. If I try to prove my point, most probably they will feel unsafe, get defensive or argue with me. As humans when we feel threatened or unsafe, we use our emotional brain. In order to have healthy dialog, I will try to seek a mutual purpose and respect. Because when respect is at risk, they can be more emotional and highly charge. I will retrace my path, my emotions and get in touch with my feeling. When I feel like it’s my turn I will explain my perspective and share my story tentatively why I chose to homeschool ,how it has affected my daughter’s and my life. I will ask them what they think might work for Homeschool and listen to their stories and facts. I believe this encourages them to engage the process. I need their thoughts and input to have better planning and implementation of my innovation plan. I will try to understand their point of view , their needs, and fears. I will show that I have heard and understood them. Then I will use four efficient skills: Ask, mirror, paraphrase and prime .I will record commitments and follow them up. I will use emotions as data, not fuel.

Our world needs skillful leaders. Before beginning my master program; I have never even imagined myself as a leader of any organization. Every course has provided me new skills and self-confidence for being the effective leader. Now I believe I do not have to be a born leader in order to lead. I can build leadership skills gradually. To create and lead an organizational change one must take a stand and regulate one’s own anxiety (Friedman, 2007). If I want to be an effective leader I should control my emotions and anxiety.

Even positive changes like starting a new school, getting married, buying a house are very stressful. The reason is even when we are excited by the future possibilities, we are also anxious about the changes we face.  As a change agent of my organization, I will be the person to take responsibility for my community. This is a perfect opportunity for my personal and professional growth. It will provide me the real life experience. I have the ability to make vital changes in the lives of my friends whom I interact, communicate and share the same values. It is time to change their ideas about homeschool. I know embracing change will be difficult for them as well. If I manage crucial conversations successfully, it can affect them in a positive way. They can overcome obstacles, commit themselves to a new direction and consequently amazing things can happen in their life.

















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How the Influencer Model and 4DX Supplement Each Other

In the last assignment I have learned the Influencer model and it’s implementation process. In that course I have undertood if I want to make change in any organization , I need to involve all six areas of influence. After the Influencer model, I have sifted through the other model, which is called 4DX. In order to have success this model helped me to understand what actually needs to be done. I have come to the conclusion that both of the model  focus on the implementation of a goal.  4DX collects data and looks the performance of team members. Now I see we cannot separate the models because they complete each other. Like a body and soul. I, strongly believe that if I manage to utilize accurately the two models, I can surely accomplish my goals.

     When we observe our daily life, the whirlwind always gets priority. We focus on the day job and ignore the most important long term goals.  When we look from the mothers’ perspective to this situation, (my audiences are mothers) being a mom has never been a   simple job, today greater demands upon women have seemed to make it harder than ever.

     My friends wish they could be homeschooling their children at home, but feel that they do not know how they get it all done. — Schooling, laundry, cleaning up the kitchen ,cooking food ,ironing ,tidying all rooms , dusting all furnishings, and  controlling everything ,putting things where they belong ,etc. Eventually they never have time to important goals. I believe they could certainly do a better job if they had a model that prepares them better for the process. I believe with 4DX model it will be easy to implement homeschool process, after reading the 4DX book, I’ve gained the required information  to carry out the 4 Disciplines of Execution.

 Discipline 1-Focus on the Wildly Important Goal (WIG):

It requires focusing on one wildly important goal, or with the other name WIG. My WIG : Three members of the team will homeschool their child and learn how to use technology effectively for this purpose, by fall 2017.

Discipline 2 -Act on the Lead measures:

Lead measures:  I have identified four lead measures and want to focus on :

– Provide better communication (Gain feedback & provide feedback).

– Share necessary documents (Online video presentations, downloadable audios, handouts and additional reading resources).

– Improve the knowledge (Teach scheduling and time management tips to help team members to integrate schooling into the natural flow of their home).

– Reduce operational problems by developing necessary skills (Show how to use digital apps and tools).

Lag measures: Make sure the entire team member feels satisfied and motivated to begin homeschool. Assure all of them acquired the proficiency to use digital tools.

Discipline 3: Keep a compelling scoreboard:

 Visual scoreboard is exceptionally essential and every group ought to build up a straightforward and visual scoreboard. The board should incorporate lead and lag measures. I have to put the scoreboard in a noticeable place, so everyone can check whether the group is winning or losing. Lead measures without a lag measures, may make us feel good but it will not provide confirmation that desired result has been totally achieved.

Discipline 4: Create a cadence of accountability:

The cadence of accountability incorporates with regular meetings. During the week, it will be 30 minutes. Everyone will focus on WIG and assess the current progress.

  We will look at the   scoreboard so we will be able to see who is having success and who is struggling. Finally, I will collect in writing from each person a list of the things that they are committed to doing in the next week and have them sign it.


 There are five stages of change .These are getting clear, launch, adoption, optimization, and habits.

Getting clear stage:

The first stage includes lead measures, scoreboard, and committing to the regular WIG sessions. It is very important because if team members know clearly, what are the wildly important goals and how they can accomplish, that   motivate them to implement the other steps of the execution. In order to get that point we will make a meeting every week. By integrating meeting, they will gain proficiency, advice and reflections throughout the year. We will focus on two wildly important goals because if we have many goals, consequently we will lose focus and accomplish none. I will explain what will be our lead and lag measures to team members.  If they have any concern, I will try to eliminate it.


I will organize a meeting about Blended- Homeschool project. After meeting, my first thing to do is to create a homeschool team and then guide them in every possible way. What I want to see with this project is: To have all off the team members fully understand why blended -homeschool is so important and learn how to use technology effectively for this purpose.


Team members will look at the scoreboard and see their own improvement by means of knowledge and experience. To understand the members’ connection I will check scoreboard. Whoever is struggling I will provide support. Who has a success I will motivate by giving incentives. Week by week, they will begin to feel more committed to the program.


It is significant for all team members to collaborate regularly with each other. At every turn, I will create and encourage collaboration, so team members can feel more ownership of the program. I will use surveys to obtain feedback. I will adapt my plans based on new information and try to improve members’ knowledge and skills.

 In the Habits stage:

I believe by using 4DX strategy process, team members will achieve our WIGs. They will build confidence and self-esteem, in time. Members will begin creating their own goals and expectations .When needed they will be able to implement the model individually and make necessary alignments.




McChesney, C.,  Covey, S., Huling, J. (2012, April 24) The Four disciplines of execution: Achieving your wildly important goals. Free Press.

Leading Organizational Change

Leading Organizational Change

Each of us is an influencer of others. In fact, to live is to influence. Wherever and whenever our lives interact with others (at home, at work or in our community), we have influence. We change lives. We affect people every single day with the looks on our face, the words we say, the actions we choose, and the decisions we make. Even choices and traits of our friends and even our friends’ friends have a powerful effect on ours. The interactions we have in this world offer great opportunities. They can be either positive or negative. They can add value to the lives of others or they can take value away.

Raindrop Foundation is a non-profit educational, charitable, social and cultural organization.  This organization aims to cultivate friendship and promote understanding of diverse cultures through its unique services to the community. I am voluntarily helping to this organization for six years. I am the only one who home-schools her child in a community. I have many friends and colleagues there. Some of them want to make their child home-school as well and whenever they have chance, they ask questions about home-school.

One and half year, my daughter has benefited immensely and have gained valuable learning experiences in Homeschooling through my Blended-Learning initiative. The book, Influencer has broadened my horizon. I have learned a lot of valuable information from it. To bring change in any organization, I’ve clearly understand that giving information is not enough itself. It should be supported with other important steps. So, I want to be an important agent for change and decide to influence my friends. I aim my friends’ hearts and minds. I can influence by providing a clear logic, an explanation of the benefits them by appealing to shared values and emotional connection.

Starting in the Fall of 2016, I will organize a meeting about Blended- Home-school project, whoever is interested to participate, they will. After meeting, my first thing to do is create a home-school team and then guide them in every possible way. I will be the leader in this change effort but will find friends, they will mentor members for assistance.  I think there are three people in the organization who is against homeschooling. If I manage to gain their trust and support, they can make my plan a success since they are silver-tongued and effective people. I will ask those persons to join me in that endeavor because only the team can make the change happen.

What I want to see with this project is to have all off team members fully understand why Blended -Homeschool is so important and learn how to use technology effectively for this purpose, so that once they are ready to apply to Blended-Homeschool project, they will have all necessary skills to implement it successfully.

In this process four key strategies have helped me to identify the vital behaviors that I would like to change to achieve the desired results.


Notice the obvious.

Almost all the Raindrop organization members are well educated people and have teaching background. In addition, they are technologically literate people. I mean they already have the required skills for teaching their own children. I just need to guide them the procedure in terms of smooth transition to Blended -Homeschool Project.

Look for Crucial Moments

I believe my friends want to make their kids homeschool but they need somebody to model them how to implement it. Even tiny changes can take time to filter through and be adopted. I will provide all possible information in both the planning and implementation process. I will share my story and offer an opportunity for them to learn from my experiences.   I believe experiences add much more value than an opinion. I will say only if the pain is faced will the benefits be enjoyed to their fullest.

Learn from Positive Deviants

It is important for all team members to regularly collaborate with each other. They will gain proficiency by integrating weekly meeting, advice and reflections throughout the year.  Mentors will show how to use necessary digital apps and documents that will be used in Blended-Homeschool.

Spot Culture Busters

Even though homeschool idea appeals my colleagues they have some drawbacks like: “Do homeschooled kids perform as well as non-homeschooled kids? Is there a negative impact on their social skills? “First I will eliminate these concerns. I will encourage them to talk about their feelings and what they believe they will lose because of the change. I will make sure I understand their feedback and do not be afraid to adapt my plans based on new information. I will answer questions. I will stress that I have knowledge, skills, and strengths that will help move them forward.

My Goal:  Three members of the team homeschool their child and learn how to use technology effectively for this purpose, by Fall 2017.

Key Factors: Clear communication and feedback will be our key factors.

Goal Measures:  Collecting weekly data will allow me to measure member’s connection to the process.  Feedback will be provided and documents will be shared.

Vital Behaviors: I will focus on the two vital behaviors that produce the greatest amount of change.  Our first vital behavior is having a meeting every week and the second one is to utilize technology to gain comfort and proficiency.

My desired result: To have all homeschool team members will be able to learn how to plan and design their own   lessons   by May 2017. Results will be measured by tracking their participation to weekly meetings.  At the end of each semester, members will be asked to complete a survey to obtain feedback on the Blended-Homeschool Project implementation process so that they can improve their knowledge and skills.


The six sources of influence model are structured process of how to provide change and it is based on the book, Influencer: The Power to Change Anything, by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, and David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler.

It can be used for anything we want to change. It is a perfect tool to gain measurable result. It is like a path that we can diagnose and implement change result.The process begins with defining a problem in a form of solution. After the solution defined with measurable results then we are supposed to make brainstorm on what the vital behaviors cause the desired results. Then analyze the sources of influence that should be put to cause change. If we implement six source of influence effectively this ensures the success of the change. As a last step, we can measure the result.




Heart and Mind

                                                                 HEART AND MIND

For many years to improve student achievement, school reforms have focused on course curriculum, instructional methods, and teacher training. They have ignored the spiritual success and parent effect on education. Gain has been very limited since they have  focused on mind not the heart.

 As a family, we always believe both school and parents shape academic and spiritual achievement. We challenge ourselves to   preserve traditional family values so that our children will become the strong leaders of tomorrow. With the guidance of this fact, we   try to raise our children who are skillful as well as spiritually wise and knowledgeable in every area that will be useful for them in their future lives.

 I always support and believe in thimagee public school system. However, I am homeschooling my daughter. My children have been in different public school districts. When we moved to our current area, we put them in public school and after a while, we concluded that   it simply was not a good fit for our family. My daughter   personality seemed to change. She was unhappy and does not want to go to school .She became aggressive toward us and her siblings .Even though she was very brilliant student in her old school ,her grades began dropping  ,I found that situation is  alarming. After some time we figured out some of the students were bullying her. We talked with school admin’s but unfortunately, we could not see much difference. We need to protect our child from destructive peers, habits, and purposes that would dampen her spirit. My husband and I both want our daughter get good education but this should not be in this way. Then we began asking why questions. Why do we want our children to get a good education? “So they can get a good job “Why do they need to get a good job? So, they can live happy in the future. Happiness was the key point and it should be our goal. I decided to take her away from the bullying and the peer pressure the rest of the year to homeschool. Before that, I was always afraid to homeschool thinking there was no way I could be an adequate teacher and mother   at the same time. It was quite a revolution in thinking and after a while, I thought that it was my responsibility, no one else’s. I never looked back and I started quite formal, like school, but eventually developed an approach that seemed to suit my child’ learning style perfectly. Over time, I realized that homeschooling was the right choice and I could literally see how it could work in our family. Within three weeks, I had my gentle loving daughter back. “Why’ questions became the driving force behind homeschooling my child. I first aim her heart then mind .I strive to teach her to love learning and continue to learn throughout life.  Now she knows success means doing her best, being her best, and feeling proud of her effort .


-To protect our child from destructive peers, habits, and purposes and to   preserve traditional family values we began homeschooling.


-I started quite formal, like school, but eventually developed an approach that seemed to suit my child’s learning styles perfectly.


 -She looks every fail as an experience and knows success means doing her best, being her best, and feeling proud of her effort.

 Jonn Kotter gives a tip and says; whenever we are starting a major change the first step is always, getting a sense of urgency among the people who will be affected getting complacency down is important. I will use this tip while I am building growth mindset for my daughter. I will teach how to deal with negative thoughts then create sense of urgency and get complacency down. I believe if I touch her heart, I will definitely affect her mind.



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  images-6For the past five weeks, I’ve been working on creating a significant learning environment.  I have read many articles, searched many websites and learned a lot in this process.
 In the first week I realized that learning environment is a vital part of education and it contributes a lot to the student success. The second week I focused on my learning philosophy. I understood that the main purpose of education should be learning to learn. I saw my learning philosophy positively influences my innovation plan and my actions. After watching videos, I   grasped how holistic approach helps to learners mastering the real learning skills. The third week I began creating my big, hairy, audacious goal by using Dee Fink’s 3-column table.
   After creating my own plan, I have come   to the conclusion that: Plan is the teacher’s road map that guides and supports the student learning. A beneficial lesson plan is not the one in that everything goes precisely as arranged, yet one in which both student and teacher gain from each other. In some cases, our learning goals don’t reflect what we expect to educate. At that point we should make alignment with the plans and goals along the way to improve the student learning. The alignment provides connection between objectives, learning activities and assessment activities.
 The fourth week I used Grant Wiggin’s and Jay McTighe’s Understanding by design template. I compared and contrasted both of the plans. Then I noticed that they use backward design and provide an opportunity to see where the learners will be at the end of the course. For my organization I decided to use Fink’s 3 column table.
During the fifth week I began internalizing mindsets. According to psychologist Carol Dweck, there are two different types of mindsets: The fixed mindset & the growth mindset. It was fascinating to know we all can become more productive, more confident, happier, and more successful by changing our mindset. To have a fixed mindset hinders us from being those kind of persons.  Since we focus on outcome, not on the process. We assign a huge meaning to one single event, if it doesn’t come out how we want, we think I am not good at this, I can’t do that. Then we begin creating low self-esteem.mindset-splash
All of us from time to time can have setbacks in our life, it is natural. Even though at first they seem bad, actually they provide great feedback in the long run. We should take the message from every setback when something went wrong, take a lesson from it, prevent it from happening again. Having a growth mindset assures looking failure from the other aspects. It was very valuable to comprehend   we can limit ourselves or improve our skills according to our beliefs and thoughts. Before taking this course I was not aware that in some cases I do have fixed mindset.  I have never seen myself as a technology person. Now I see my confidence grows with each assignment I finish, each discussion board I participate. Over time, I believe I can grow and improve myself as a technology. In other words, all of my small efforts add up to a growth mindset.
Perceiving feasible and long–lasting change begins with building a strong personality, not by concentrating on results like talent, test-scores, performance, appearance was a big gain for me.
To start developing a growth mindset in our students, we need to teach to believe in themselves. When learners have growth mindset they believe they can get smarter and efforts make them stronger. Therefore, they put in extra effort and time, and that leads to higher achievement.  The other vital thing is to teach, the word of “yet”. They should not say “. I cannot master that topic”, instead they should say” I couldn’t master that topic yet”. This secret word encourages and gives a hope to the student during learning way.
Dweck suggests a resource to have a growth mindset in four steps. How will I implement in my organization?
1- Teach my daughter how to hear her inner fixed mindset voice.
2- Say she has another option as a growth mindset.
3- Make interior monologue with a growth mindset.
4-Take an action with a growth mindset.
Creating significant learning environment will positively affect my blended-home-school project. I know  my attitude has a big influence on my daughter mindset, and the feedback that I give can either encourage to develop and increase her achievement or look for an easy way to escape from her responsibilities.That’s why ,first I will change my mindset. To promote the growth mindset for her ,I will use content, video and media .Providing  a natural learning environment   will open way the love of learning for her. I will  try to draw her attention the value of learning and generate joy and fulfillment in her.
From now on, to assure a strong personality and strengthen her confidence, I will praise my daughter’s hard work, effort and strategies.
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