Applications in Instructional Practice/Ongoing Goals: My learning and research has directly influenced my instructional practices. I have implemented elements of this goal in my classroom instruction, in my online presence, and by educating colleagues. Technology is ever-present in my classroom and I have branched away from the easy, typical elements that require little involvement. I began a discussion group among teachers in my school that seeks to improve SmartBoard use. Our interactions allow us to share what we have learned and troubleshoot any problems that we encounter. I continue to work towards regular implementation of new and engaging lessons in my classroom and on my blog, but still struggle with the investment of time that this requires.
Extending Current Goals: To extend the goals of this topic, I would like to help students create their own lessons. I believe that the students are capable of bringing a new perspective to our classroom activities and I would like to see what they could add to my efforts.
Learning Approaches for Next Time: Through my navigation through this particular goal, I have come to realize that I need to define my expectations. I was easily swept up in possibility as I explored this topic and found it difficult to narrow myself to manageable tasks. I believe that I will be more successful if I break down my goals into mini-goals that I can readily achieve and then continue to progress.
Applications in Instructional Practice/Ongoing Goals: My ongoing goal is to continue using and modeling proper use of citations online and in my classroom. I have more to do with actually encouraging and helping students use citations in their work. At this point, my students have not had the opportunity to make a creative, technology rich project in math class and thus I have not had the chance to share proper citations in their work. I hope to schedule computer time in conjunction with an upcoming class activity.
Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2009). Program 10. Spotlight on Technology: Social Networking and Online Collaboration Part 1. [Educational video]. Baltimore: Author.