Meaningful learning as defined by our learning community member is the individual’s responsibility to apply our learning to facilitate student learning and to share back to our community. Meaningful learning as defined by our learning community member is the individual’s responsibility to apply our learning to facilitate student learning and to share back to our community. This course of study has given me ideas and strategies to improve my instruction and in the end is a benefit for my students now and in the future. It has sparked a renewed interest in developing better lesson and experiences for my students. As I reflect on all the books I have read I am amazed by the new ideas that are out there and how I can apply them to my classroom. I now look for new books to read that are not required! I enjoy reading! I am a reader; it only took a few years! I have finished two books this week from the author Malcolm Gladwell. They were David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Gaints and Outliers: The Story of Success. My favorite book which has had the most significant impact on my instruction and how I view teaching is The Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros. As a result of this book I have increased my Twitter usage looking for new ideas, I have posted work my students have done, and I am always looking for ways to improve my lessons to empower my students.
I look forward to discussing how new ideas I have tried with my advisory group and others, but I also enjoy hearing their success.
Progress on Professional Goals
Changes in professional goals: I had to update my professional goals this year because we are focusing on different domains in the Marzano framework. My first Goal is from Domain 1 designing question 1, element 1 through 3, which is a successful continuation of professional learning communities. I choose to celebrate success by posting images of student engagement and work using social media, in particular, Instagram and Twitter. This is growing, and students are now tagging #7BScience events they find out in the community. The students and I have added to this goal by developing a YouTube Channel to post events and projects from the science curriculum. It is still a work in progress. Students develop the content to post for the channel.
My second Goal is from Domain 1 designing question 2, element 6 through 13 which is Marzano instructional framework. I choose to reflect on learning. I am using Google Forms to develop a way for students to reflect on the week of learning. I am also developing topic reflections using FlipGrid. I want the student to reflect on what they have learned and how it can be applied in daily lives. I have continued the Friday reflections with idea to group all of the students reflections at the end of the year for them to take home. The collection process has given me insight into what they see as the main ideas from each week. I like that as I read them it gives me ideas on a starting point for the week.
My Third Goal is from Domain 1 designing question 3, elements 14 through 20 which is improving student learning. I have chosen to review content. I am using review sheets for critical material and having students develop their own review games using Quizlet. I have also developed Pre-Test for the next unit using Schoology in order to get a better baseline on the growth of the students. We also have changed our retake policy on summative. Now students can receive full credit after complete a review session.
Couros, G. (2015). The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity. San Diego, CA: Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc.
Erwin, J. C. (2004). The Classroom of Choice: Giving Students What They Need and Getting What You Want. (J. Houtz, Ed.) Alexandria, VA, USA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Smith, F. (1998). The Book of Learning and Forgetting. New York, NE: Teachers College Press.