Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason

Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason

Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason has a Ph.D. in English with an emphasis on rhetoric and composition. She has more than a decade of teaching experience including six years as a college English professor. She has designed workshops and classes for elementary, middle, and high school students and is a homeschooling mom of two.

Her passions include pop culture, moral philosophy, essay writing, and reading skills. She designs classes that take a multi-disciplinary, integrated reading-writing approach to make sure learners have context and purpose for everything they create.

During her time as an English professor, Michelle specialized in teaching “developmental” writing, which means she was working with the students who had been deemed unprepared for college-level writing. In that work, she formed a teaching philosophy deeply centered on trust.

She believes that students learn best when they know that their instructor genuinely trusts them to do well. She works hard to avoid assignments and classroom dynamics that create antagonistic power structures. Instead, she wants learners to see her as a supportive guide who genuinely aims to help them reach their own goals.

Michelle is the founder of Dayla Learning, a place for “homeschooling the humanities with humanity,” and the co-founder of SEA Online Classes, a platform for hands-on, engaging online classes.

October 24, 2020
12:10pm EST/9:10am PST

The Role of Choice in Building Intrinsic Motivation

How interested are you in a task when you have no say in how you do it? Research has shown that motivation plummets when autonomy is stripped from the equation. On the flip side, even very difficult and/or boring tasks can be rewarding when they’re accompanied with autonomy. This presentation will look at how leaving room for learner choice is a key element of a successful educational strategy as well as provide some hands-on tips for putting the concepts into action. It will also provide some advice on how to avoid the common pitfall of presenting a false choice . . . and how quickly learners can see through the ruse. Learn how to create meaningful, actual choice and weave it into the fabric of your homeschool practice.