What I would change from my first blog post (concerning teaching methods):I still stick to my bold points (kindling an appreciation for education in my students and teaching them to communicate effectively), mostly because I thought them up with good reason. However, I will certainly change my methods of implementing them as EDM310 has taught me how obsolete pen and paper have become.
I still wish to teach my students to value education. I do not believe that there is any one way to go about achieving this—as the variety of ways students learn vary so greatly. But I do feel that immersing them in concepts and constantly explaining the meaning of assignments will aid this endeavor. Hopefully, I will be able to enable them to become self-reflective students through this endeavor as well.
Furthermore, I still would like my students to create effective communication skills. No matter what they wish to achieve in their lives, communication will be an integral part. I think it is equally important that students master written communication as well, which I believe may easily be achieved by blogging daily. From re-reading my first blog post and comparing it to this blog post, I can see my own writing improve within the semester. So, blogging will become my go-to assignment for my students because it is so effective.
I revoke my statement claiming that “I would use the styles of teaching that worked best on myself”. I find that statement completely comical now. There is no way that my students will learn the way that I did—the world will be a completely different place by then. So while I will keep the persona perhaps that the best of my teachers had along with their expectations, I do not expect to use the same methods with which I was taught to teach my students.
Now, I plan to integrate the internet daily into my lesson plans. Because of EDM310, I have raised the standard that I wish my students to surpass. Not only will I expect them to read the assigned texts or books, but I will expect them to use tools such as iCurio to explore what experts have stated about the text, its specific contents, and the contextual environment surrounding its author. I will expect my students to learn from their blogging exercises to master the English language and realize their frequent grammar errors and misspellings and correct them appropriately. I plan to incorporate Skype interviews with experts and professionals of my PLN so my students can receive information from another source. I plan to collaborate my class with other classes around the world to work toward a common goal--an excellent opportunity for my students to learn to communicate effectively and learn to value education. Furthermore, I will encourage my students to teach me new tools I may implement as assignments or study resources. I look forward to becoming a teacher and sharing the learning experience with my students.
Main points of this reflective video:
- a "green" English class is completely possible
- blogging daily to enhance writing skills
- turnitin.com for assessing plagiarism
- googledocs for peer review
- ipads and ibooks for text materials
- iCurio for further (safe and credible) research
- SMART technology isn't really all that difficult to figure out
- PLNs are not so hard to find
- most importantly, how to educate myself on becoming an effective teacher for the coming generation