Podcast: Chubby Bunny Teacher Challenge

Campfire Podcast Announcement
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Bust out the s’mores, it’s time for a CAMPFIRE!

It might be a little chilly to gather around a campfire this time of year, but we’d love for you to grab your coffee and get cozy while you listen to our FIRST Campfire Podcast (you may remember when we used to share our MyBlend stories — you can still check those stories out, too). We want to bring you a different style of education podcast that serves educators, administrators, tech coaches and anyone who has an interest in education!

Here are just a few of the things we mentioned in the introcast:

  • You heard about our “What We’re Digging” segment — we’ll share links to tutorials, classroom application ideas, and links to the site.
  • The label on the back of marshmallow package as a result of people playing Chubby Bunny:
  • #CampfireQ — What questions do you have for us? Are there topics you’d like to hear more about? ASK! You don’t even have to raise your hand, just hit us up on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!

Want to subscribe? Check us out on iTunes, Google Play Music and SoundCloud!

As always, our podcasts are created by using Zencastr — an amazing high-quality audio recording site!

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With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.