Sue Miller is a Consumer Economics Teacher at Illinois Virtual School. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Eastern Illinois University. Sue is retired from the face-to-face classroom, but she’s definitely not retired! When she’s not teaching for IVS, she works part-time as the office assistant at her church, and does quite a bit of volunteering. Sue is a proud military mom of one son, daughter-in-law, and four awesome grandsons. Sue’s hobbies include dancing, reading, volunteering, and craft projects.
Sue recently spent some time to share her thoughts about teaching at IVS.
IVS: Why did you decide to begin teaching online?
SM: “I was getting rather bored with my face-to-face classroom of teaching business and computer applications and wanted a new challenge. I was intrigued to hear about IVHS and its pilot program. Combining computers with teaching was right up my alley. Getting involved with online teaching has been one of my best educational decisions!”
IVS: What aspects about the online teaching and learning environment do you appreciate the most and why?
SM: “I love the flexible schedule! It is enjoyable to have students from all over the state with different backgrounds and experiences. Most of my students are first-time online students and I like trying to make the experience enjoyable and successful for them.”
IVS: What benefits exist when taking an online course?
SM: “There are really too many benefits to list them all! The flexible schedule, I think, is the most important for the majority of students. They can work on their course 24/7.”
IVS: What strategies do you use to keep your students motivated and engaged?
SM: “I do a lot of communicating with my students – email, text messages, phone calls – which keeps the course foremost in their minds. I also add some fun, colorful news items.”
IVS: What advice may you offer to students who are not sure if the online environment is a proper fit for them?
SM: “An online student needs to have good time management skills. Even though the course is available 24/7, the student has to be self-disciplined enough to actually sit down and do the work. I would advise a student to take a close look at his/her daily schedule and see if the time is available to dedicate to the course.”
IVS: Why is IVS a special place to be a part of?
SM: “IVS is so special because of the caring, committed, knowledgeable teachers and staff. Everyone works together to get the job done.”