Ashley Franklin

Moving. My Birthday. My 1st Sockibration.

We’re moving! Louisiana has tried to drown us for the last time. Who moves on their birthday, right? Hey, life happens. That’s the wonderful thing about it. It’s still happening for me. I am 32 today. Little kid me would be absolutely perplexed if we met face to face. My life is not going at all the way she planned out. I am not working as a famous journalist, living in a huge city, free of kids and all things boring. But guess what, there are a few things little kid me hadn’t considered:

  1. I genuinely hate big cities.
  2. I love writing fiction.
  3. I am good at working from home.
  4. I’m not as bad as I thought at this whole mom/wife thing.

Okay, 4 is still debatable on most days, but whatever.
I may not be where I want to be financially or physically right now, but I am working to be in a good mental space. What’s my birthday wish? To be content. To be better at appreciating the little things and to see how big their value can actually be.
Speaking of little things, that leads me to Sockibration. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know wonderful people in many online interaction. Particularly, one of my coworkers from a college I still work for is AMAZING! We bonded over our random, and often ridiculous for no reason, life experiences. Despite now knowing each other for years, on Monday we discovered our birthdays were just days apart. That’s how I was introduced to Sockibration. She sends socks to her friends in celebration of her birthday, friendship, and solidarity. It is one of the most random things that I’ve ever been a part of, but I like it. Here are the socks:
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Not Blowing the Online Discussion Board as an Instructor

I have been teaching online for some years now, and I have found that no matter the greatness of an online course’s content, the discussion board has the ability to make or break a course.
How is that? As an instructor, the discussion board serves as the gateway to your students. The topics, tone, and frequency of the discussion board all play a part in determining whether your students log in for class or log in to learn. Make sure that you are creating a space that invites an open discussion where varied opinions are not just tolerated, but welcomed and encouraged.
Facilitating the online discussion board comes naturally for some. For others, it’s more of a challenge. For those who may need a starting point, here are a few helpful hints to make your discussion board experience a pleasurable one for all. Let me know what you think.
How to be a Discussion Board Rock Star (1)

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