EEND 678 Class Reflection

This was really an interesting class for me.  Before I began this program I really thought I had a pretty good handle on using technology in my class.  I thought I would pick up a few tips or tricks by enrolling in the program, but I really learned so much more than I expected. I would say that the topic that will stick with me the most is problem-based learning.  It is something that I thought very little about before, but now that we discussed it in class and we worked with some ideas, it is definitely something I’m going to pursue in my classroom.  I think it is such a great way to get students learning in a completely different way, and it gives them an opportunity to see how topics we learn about relate to the real world. I really can’t say enough about the benefits of using problem-based learning in the classroom, and without enrolling in this program I probably wouldn’t have given it a second thought.

Throughout this entire learning experience, the one thing that I appreciated the most was being able to connect with and learn from my peers.  It was truly an invaluable tool being able to discuss topics and get ideas from other teachers just like me. Many of them were in similar situations as I am, but they still have new and different experiences as well.  I felt that everyone was able to bring something new and different to the discussion boards, and all of them were able to teach me and help me at some point along the way. I will be using many of the new ideas and techniques that I’ve learned from them, and I’m really grateful to have made these meaningful connections in this class.

I think that I have grown quite a bit as a teacher throughout this experience.  I have tried things and done things in this class that I don’t think I would have attempted otherwise.  Flipping my classroom was quite the experience for me.  I’m not too keen on videotaping myself, but it was something I can see the benefits of doing for my students.  If I wasn’t forced to try it in this class, I’m not sure I would have attempted it on my own. I have already mentioned my thoughts on problem-based learning.  This is another topic I probably wouldn’t have given much thought to without being in this class. Now I can see the benefits of implementing this in my class, and I have much more confidence in trying it now than I did when we first started discussing it.  

I will continue to use much of what I’ve learned in this class as I move forward in the program.  I will especially focus on the SAMR model going forward.  This was something I learned a lot about, and it can act like a checklist for me as I develop new and different teaching strategies.  I want to focus on using more modification and redefinition in my teaching rather than just substitution.  I want to develop more problem-based learning activities for my students.  To that point, I want to work at developing better essential questions and find ways to get my students more engaged in their learning.  I also want to find new and better ways to manage devices in my classroom.  Using technology in class is great and has many benefits for the students, but it has to be managed effectively by the teacher in order for it to be an effective learning tool.  Finally, I want to continue to learn about new and different ways of using technology to differentiate in my classroom.  I can continue to try new things like flipping my classroom to promote differentiation. I was uncomfortable with the experience at first, but I got over my hesitation and I think I created something worthwhile for my students. For me, that’s what its all about.

Overall, I’m very pleased with my experience in this class.  I have learned a great deal about many different topics that I will take with me as I progress through the program here at St. Francis.  I hope to build on the foundation I have received in this class, and look forward to incorporating many of the new ideas and strategies in my own classroom.

References:

The Daily Riff – BE SMARTER. ABOUT EDUCATION. (n.d.). Retrieved April 06, 2018, from http://www.thedailyriff.com/articles/how-the-flipped-classroom-is-radically-transforming-learning-536.php

McGraw-Hill. (2016, November 16). Understanding SAMR – Inspired Ideas – Medium. Retrieved April 06, 2018, from https://medium.com/inspired-ideas-prek-12/understanding-samr-4898216474c0

What the Heck Is Project-Based Learning? (n.d.). Retrieved April 06, 2018, from https://www.edutopia.org/blog/what-heck-project-based-learning-heather-wolpert-gawron

One thought on “EEND 678 Class Reflection”

  1. The blog looks fantastic. I agree with you that when this class first started I felt that I too had a strong grasp on technology. However, there was so much to learn from everyone. It was great to hear from teachers of all different subjects, backgrounds, and unique experiences. They provided examples of excellent tools to use and ways in which to best use them in the classroom.

    I am also excited about Project Based Learning. I am looking forward to giving it a try. I know that it will be a challenge, but ultimately, it will be worth it.

    Great blog! Take care!

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