Welcome to COETAIL! My name is Ryan Harwood and I’m excited to spend the next 12 months on this learning journey with you. I’d like to take this opportunity to share a little bit about me. I’ve just completed my fourth year living and working in Accra, Ghana at Lincoln Community School. Although I started there as a middle school humanities teacher, in the past year I completed the transition to a full time technology integration coach. Before my family’s adventure began in Ghana I spent ten years teaching social studies in the public schools of North Carolina. I couldn’t be happier that my kids are now getting the opportunity to grow up as global citizens.
I’m excited to get to know more about all of you over the course of the next year. One of the things that I loved about completing the COETAIL program myself (I was part of online 4) was getting to know other members of the COETAIL community. We have a truly global community of participants. You’ll work closely with the other members of your cohort, but you’ve got access to the blogs from all cohorts on the main page. Checking in there from time to time is a great way to see what is going on in different courses.
A good deal of your learning from this course will come from your interactions with other participants in your cohort. I encourage you to be as active in your participation as you can and engage with one another as learners as well as on a personal level. We all know relationships are key to students’ learning in a classroom. The same ideas apply here. And, you never know what the connections you make through COETAIL will lead too. Mine lead me to this role!
I’ll post again soon with the official start to the course and some more information about getting things started. For now, work your way through the orientation modules and enjoy your first bit of summer!