Professor Kristine Pytash Reviews
Prof: Kristine Pytash / Spring 2021
Nov 25, 2021
This class was very useful and interesting. It offered a lot of different ideas and methods of using technology, texts, and other mediums in the classroom. We got to experiment with different things, including MakerSpace, movies, apps for teaching reading/writing, digital poetry, as well as video games (like Minecraft) and how to use them in the classroom. Readings were hardly ever more than 2 pages and the projects (about 4 at most) were fun opportunities to apply the skills and experiment with the technologies introduced in class.
This class was useful. After it, I have a better understanding of how to use various technologies and modalities in my lesson plans. It gave me a lot of resources I could use as a future high school English teacher.
Dr. Pytash teaches this class as part of the INLA (Integrated Language Arts) major for future high school English teachers. She is our program coordinator and this is one three classes she teaches in it, alongside MCED 40007 and ADED 43315. We love her. She is super sweet and so relatable. She keeps the content and materials up-to-date so we always have reliable, current information to keep us marketable and ready for today's teaching landscape. Her feedback is very encouraging and thoughtful, and she generally never takes points off (very easy grader). My only con for her would be that she sometimes is not very clear in her assignment instructions.
This class was taken when the university was still majority-remote due to COVID-19. Our professor had us do a lot of breakout rooms to engage in the material and there were many small-group discussions. Be prepared to contribute something to classroom discourse. Also, make sure you have a good computer so you can run some of the programs we use and experimented with without issue.