First, I cannot believe this semester is almost in the books. As I sit here and reflect on my semester, I realize that I have learned many skills that I will be using in my classroom. For my final post for my class, I will be answering a series of questions as part of my reflection. Also, I will be assessing my performance in the class.
Until this semester, I did not use technology with my science classes. However, next year our curriculum is changing and I felt it would be a great time to change my mindset. I feel that I creative a great resource that I will be using next year. In fact, some of the resources I have already tried out this year and my students loved them. I also learned that it does not take a lot of time to work technology into my teaching. I have to be patient, research a little, and then be creative.
- How the course work demonstrates mastery of the AECT standards?
I am still trying to wrap my head around this concept. All of my courses have identified the standards, but I have not had a thorough teaching of the standards. I am hoping that I will get some training on it when I take the Portfolio course.
- How you have grown professionally?
Yes I have. As I have shared, I have changed my thoughts about integrating and using technology with my science students. I am looking forward to using the resources that I created this semester for this class with my students next year.
- How your own teaching practice or thoughts about teaching have been impacted by what you have learned or accomplished in this course?
I feel that I have gained a better understanding of what is to come next year when we make the switch to the Next Generation Science Standards. For each of my lessons, I have looked at the standards and the potential resource we will be using to teach the content. I have never been as prepared to teach as content as I feel that I am now.
- How theory guided development of the projects and assignments you created?
For my project, I included activities that would help to construct my students’ learning. The past few years I have leaned more towards the learning theory of constructivism and tried to focus on lessons that would help to facilitate that style in my classroom. However, that has mostly been with my social studies classes. Next year, I will be teaching only science and I want to encourage students to construct their own learning as they are learning the content.
Part 2: Assessing my performance
Criteria: Content 70/70
Comments: Rich in content, full of thought, insight and synthesis with clear connections to previous or current content and/or to real life situations made with depth and detail.
Reflection: I feel that I spent a lot of time on my blog posts, I feel that my responses were full of thought as I wrote my response. Many of my classmates commented that I provided a thoughtful response.
Criteria: Readings and Resources 15/20
Comments: Readings (from course text) and other resource materials are used to support blog comments. and No or limited use of APA style references.
Reflection: I could have done better with my APA references.
Criteria: Timeliness 20/20
Comments: All required postings are made early in the module to give others time to comment.
Criteria: Responses to other Students 25/30
Comments: One or more satisfactory posts with at least one satisfactory response made to address another students’ post.
Reflection: I commented on two students’ blogs every week. However, I could have provided more insight.