This comes straight from one of the students in my “Teachers & Technology”
class. She was writing her midterm reflection. I’m pulling one
excerpt because it’s a good example of information overload and some
good that can come out of reflecting about what you are doing. I won’t
point to her blog just yet as she just might forget to breathe.
Already, I have progressed from getting completely lost in the
terminology to realizing that, while I may be causing the glitch, it is
repairable. I now know what address I need in order to blog and what
address I need to read others’ blogs. I can navigate and compose and
even risked placing graphics within my website. Once I learn the
correct way, it gets so much easier. It’s still taking me an incredible
amount of time to understand where I’m going wrong but hopefully the
learning curve, while initially steep, will start to level off.
I am still not doing much differently with technology outside of this
course since I don’t have much opportunity for that, plus I am spending
so much time just completing assignments. I am feeling more confident
and was amused the other day when the subject of blogging arose and I
was the only one in my circle of friends that had a clue what that was
about. I may become the IT expert in my social circle by the end of the
I have developed one pedagogical strength from this. Before, having always been at the top
my class in my endeavors, I had wondered how I would handle the
challenge of teaching a struggling class of students. Last week’s
scenario that involved turning in the incorrect Lesson Plans coupled
with no memory of being shown how to access Documentation made me
realize that one can truly become so overwhlemed that one cannot hear
what is being said. I knew theoretically this happens to students and
having now experienced it, I think I’m better prepared to empathize and
(as you did) help them get over the sensory overload and back on track.
So, Mrs. Davis, continue to inspire us and power point us in the direction we need to go. We will blog and navigate as well as we can with hopes of composing a great final product. Will we improve–only our rubrics will know. You’re teaching us well and if we look faint–just remind us to breathe.
some good reflections from this class. We need to start these type of
reflections in elementary school and continue them in middle and high
school. It’s amazing information and helps us connect on the learning
journey. Blogs are perfect for that.