February 2019 Reflection

Random Acts of Kindness

It’s the little things in life that add up.  I have always done intentional random acts of kindness.  I try to do one for the people I work with once a week.  During this time of the year in teaching, those acts can lift someone’s spirits and push them through the week.  January and especially February can be a long and challenging time for educators and students.  It is important not to get bogged down in oneself.  The best way to get out of your way is to do something for some else.  It can be as simple as dropping off a piece of chocolate, and who doesn’t love chocolate, to simply listening.  Listening may be the best act of kindness one can do for others.  Students need to know that we are interested in them and what they are doing outside of our classroom.  Random acts do not have to cost money, a smile is worth a million dollars.

Paper

There is much to talk about on this paper thing!  Oh, boy!  It has been a journey that has pushed me, caused me actually to think about my instruction.  Why do I do the things I do in my classroom?  It has caused me to think!  The paper has proven to me I can write, maybe not as well as others, or as fast but write I have.  I have actually started to enjoy the process of writing, for me it was just beginning!  Funny though I actually caught myself saying, “What does the research say?” to a couple of my colleagues!  Really?  Never would have done that, then I actually looked for research on the topic.  We have to stay informed as professional educators.  We have to find time to keep ourselves current.  In fact, I just renewed my subscription to NSTA.  A growth mindset is a core value endurance in any profession.

Presentation

The presentation by my classmate who missed bothered me for some reason.   I not sure what the point was?   I just can’t put my finger on it or the message.  Maybe they missed the point that this is in a constructivist setting?  Yes, some things can be improved, but was that the setting for it to be mentioned?  Not sure.  I think the instructors have done a great job of modeling expectations for this class.  It hasn’t always been easy, but it is a masters program.  A higher level of thought and work is expected. Growth takes experiences, you have to be moved out of your comfort zone.  This class has done that for me.  WCS West Point energized my instruction at a time when it needed it.  My room, my teaching has been transformed for the better.  My students have more input on how they are instructed.  I am moving off the stage and taking on more of the role of director.  Action!

Literature Circle

I have been reflecting on how to use the literature circle in class.  What topics I cover would fit this type of sharing.  Ecology topic?  Review?  Physics?

Quotes

I have been looking at all the quotes I have been kept for these last two years.  Wow.  I keep saying, “Oh, that was a good one.” or “I forgot about that.”  I have some marked so I can create posters for my classroom.  One of my favorites is by George Couros, “We forget that if students leave school less curious than when they started, we have failed them.”  This quote is so true, especially in the area of science education.

Capstone

Looking forward to sharing all this group has done with people who have supported me on this journey.  My family will be there in force; they want to see what these two years are all about.  I am nervous, not in a wrong way.  The type of nervous before a big game or performance.

References

Couros, G. (2015). The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity. San Diego, CA: Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc.

 

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