Alignment

I’m knee deep in PIPD 3250 and just started getting all the information for 3230 which I start this week.

Reading course subject for classroom assessment and evaluation I see there is similarities with the instructional strategies and assessment techniques.  There seems to be an alignment associated with these two subjects.  Which sort of gives me an AH HA moment.

Part of classroom instruction is keeping our students engaged and recognising their learning styles parallels with assessment evaluations.   I see one minute papers and poster sessions used for both of these scenarios and how they both represent a visible learning opportunity for student and instructor.

I’m sure as I get deeper into 3230 more come into alignment but I thought it was so interesting how I ended up taking these two courses back to back and how similar they are.

BRAIN OVERLOAD

I’ve overdosed on Moodle!  I admit it.   After reading all the discussion postings I feel like my brain has taken all it can take.  I have found these past few weeks VERY intense with the forums, it feels like (and it is) a bunch of different conversations going on at once and its getting too noisy for me!  There is SO MUCH information posted and great comments that its hard to keep track of it all.

I really love the creating of community during it and feel like I have gotten to know some of the students a little better with the discussions we have become apart of.  I almost wish I could have a coffee (wine) with them to chat about these topics!

So maybe this post isn’t so much about brain overload (yes it is) but the feeling of having a sense of community that has been developed over this time.  Kind of gives me a warm fuzzy feeling and knowing there are others out there like me who strive to succeed and get frustrated or stuck sometimes but are able to help each other through this process!

Going into DETOX now…..

Cheers

Being Self Directed

With a new discussion forum under way about self directed/regulated/determined, it brings to mind what taking this course is all about.  Without the use of charts or reference to reading one has to internally desire an out outcome in what ever challenge they face with the use of this triad of learning.

The PIDP presents students with aspects of learning that require motivation which I believe is the bottom line to accomplishing most things in life.  I have just found over the past month with the Instructional strategy course the intensity of the assignments have motivated me into high gear, almost freakishly obsessed  with checking into Moodle at least 3-4 times a day to read postings and think about subject matter.

I see a common thread to many of the learning strategies most with an underlying theme of learning environment, how we as instructors think, act and react,  relationships with our students and faculty.  Feedback and self awareness is a huge factor.  There are many theories, tips, tricks and techniques to teaching and learning.  One can get so easily caught up in details.  But if we remain true to our passion, our students and are authentic about what we believe then motivation is easy  (almost)  and being self DETERMINED finds it place!

 

BEING SELF REGULATED

This seems appropriate to post now since this course is all about being self regulated.  I can relate to this article and our most recent discussion forum about how self regulated/determined/ directed learning is all intertwined.

This is a good read:http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-and-learning/secret-self-regulated-learning/

 

Self-regulated learning is like your own little secret. It stirs from within you, and is the voice in your head that asks you questions about your learning.
More formally, self-regulated learning is the conscious planning, monitoring, evaluation, and ultimately control of one’s learning in order to maximize it. It’s an ordered process that experts and seasoned learners like us practice automatically. It means being mindful, intentional, reflective, introspective, self-aware, self-controlled, and self-disciplined about learning, and it leads to becoming self-directed.

 

 

BLOGGING

http://cevans5095.blogspot.ca/2013/02/how-transparent-is-your-classroom.html

Talk about not seeing the forest for the trees!   Looking at instructional strategies and visible learning over the past week with my discussion forum and blogging is one of them.  This link talks of transparency in the classroom and how blogging and using social media to create a digital learning community allows students and  colleagues  to communicate with teachers, giving feedback asking questions and promoting an environment for active/visible learning opportunities.

Here is an excerpt:

Teachers and students alike should consider blogging because it helps make our thinking and learning visible. We need to be more reflective as professionals and we need to model and encourage reflection for our students.  The best teacher blogs are ones that share insight into the classroom experience, sharing the ups and downs, the successes and failures.  Consider that by having a blog, other teachers just like you might have the courage to try something or learn from you.  Blogging is one of the most transparent and scary things we can do as educators. It is also one of the ways we can regularly communicate with and invite parents into our classrooms and the insights we bring to our profession. For students, it provides them a voice and an opportunity to very publicly wrestle with questions and concepts for an audience far greater than their teacher and classmates.

Interesting eh??

8 MIND FRAMES

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xpcXobZF1k

This was a great video on my discussion forum.  It basically outlines the 8 mind frames to John Hatties visible learning theory.

I’m looking at these with so much more relevance now and how it deepens my understanding of how I teach my students, the energy and awareness I bring to the class is holistic because it encompasses what I believe in myself and the knowledge that is to be projected. Every point is realistic and attainable to every teacher if they choose to accept it.

I had a thought that these could be our 8 commandments of teaching!

 

 

VISIBLE LEARNING

I know this is supposed to be a platform of instructional strategy but I’m going to take the time to present my experience of visible learning.

I had a clinic day that I taught this past week and was able to see visible learning first hand.  I had taught the first theory day for one of our specific licenced duties a few weeks ago, this was the clinic day for the students to display knowledge learned.  I saw the students demonstrate and explain from the theory class elements of what was to be learned from that lesson.  I also experienced seeing students demonstrate specific techniques that I had verbally taught them in class, and here they were using it in the clinic session.

The feeling I had that day is (I’m sure) what gets people hooked on teaching!  I was excited for my students and I expressed that at the end of the clinic day.  I told them that since I’m not there very much and when I am, I get to see the progress they make in a more amplified sense.  I gave them all praise for a job well done and am excited to see their progress next class!

 

Transparency

While working on my discussion forum about visible learning I learned something!  I realised doing this blog was apart of the visible learning instructional strategy!  The depth of my knowledge into this topic is becoming a well and I found a great article supporting transparency in the classroom.

http://cevans5095.blogspot.ca/2013/02/how-transparent-is-your-classroom.html

Here is an excerpt from the article:

 Blog. Teachers and students alike should consider blogging because it helps make our thinking and learning visible. We need to be more reflective as professionals and we need to model and encourage reflection for our students.  The best teacher blogs are ones that share insight into the classroom experience, sharing the ups and downs, the successes and failures.  Consider that by having a blog, other teachers just like you might have the courage to try something or learn from you.  Blogging is one of the most transparent and scary things we can do as educators. It is also one of the ways we can regularly communicate with and invite parents into our classrooms and the insights we bring to our profession. For students, it provides them a voice and an opportunity to very publicly wrestle with questions and concepts for an audience far greater than their teacher and classmates.

 

Hmmm, may have to post this on the discussion forum!!