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The Beauty of the Word “Yet”

The word “Yet” is very important in our growth process. It means that we are achieving growth, but our learning is not quite finished.

Earlier this week I read Mindset by Carol Dweck. This book challenged a lot of my prior thoughts and teaching methods. I have been teaching for a little over 4 years and have always researched the best practices to keep my students engaged and involved in their own academic journey. As a high school teacher this task becomes tough, because after each assignment I give I have students craving to know their results immediately. They want to stay in a certain percentile and achieve their desired GPA, which drives them to rush through assignments just for the “Grade”. They want that A or B so bad that they are not interested in the actual assignment and learning that is taking place. Dweck even says, , “First of all, we can praise wisely, not praising intelligence or talent. That has failed. Don’t do that anymore. But praising the process that kids engage in: their effort, their strategies, their focus, their perseverance, their improvement. This process praise creates kids who are hardy and resilient.”

The word “Yet” is life changing.

What is so Important about the word Yet?

By using the word “Yet”  and “Not Yet” we will begin changing their mindset. This will make the feedback process positive because students will be rewarded overtime for their strategies, preserverance and endeavors. Students will hopefully beging focusing on their individual growth, rather than just getting an “A”. 

  • The word “Yet” means that students are progressing and improving over time. It lets students know that being successful will take time and hardwork. It wont always be an over night process or immediate results.
  • Whenever a student does not get the “A” or “B’ that they are expecting the word ‘Yet” lets hem know that they are still growing and improving. “Yet” is a key tool in adopting a growth mindset.

As Educators we must change our Vocabulary in the Classroom, to achieve Growth.

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Growth Mindset Resources

My main goal is for my students and myself to adopt a growth mind set. In order to do this I will be using E-portfolios to measure our individual growth.

I have done an adequate amount of research, which involves my plan for E-portfolios and my students. The Google drive link below is open and available to anyone who is interested in reading about my plan.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-2GS5-GoLEoCHCuwIkz_LtpmDpgA59nwZbHT7N_lZdI/edit

Self Differentiation and Transformation

Sometimes we have to create new paths and destinations.

The Beauty of Change

Change can be a difficult task, but it is very necessary. Change is important in life in all aspects. To become a better person sometimes we have to change some of our behaviors. Also, if we want our workplace, organization or business to become more efficient and innovative we have to apply change to them. Change can be executed by strategic planning and modifying certain things. This requires analyzing the things that are not working the best. Change also requires us to discover answers to tough questions. For example, we have to ask ourselves what and how?

Change is significant to me and my Innovation Plan and my Implementation Outline. Change is what I need to grow and execute my plan of eportfolios being used campus wide.  I have researched the benefits of eportfolios and I am fully aware that they will positively impact our staff and students. To make my innovation plan work we will have to change things in our organization. This can be done through training, a timeline, an outline, and collaboration. We also need to discuss vital behviors that need to be changed.

The Vital Behaviors that I will need to adopt in order to achieve my goals and bring change are:

  1. Prioritize and Plan
    • End procrastination
    • Check off my daily goal list
  2. Continuously build connections 
  3. Model and Lead
    • Model behaviors i want to see from colleagues and students
  4. Keep my vision and always remember my “Why”
  5. Keep an active goal sheet and updated calendar

Crucial Conversations will need to held. “Crucial Conversations are those tough, day-to-day interactions in which the stakes are high, people have conflicting views, and emotions run strong,” according to Patterson, Switzler, Grenny and McMillan. Although, crucial conversations are uncomfortable they are needed to make a transformation. I know you are probably thinking, “Why do I need these crucial conversations?” The answer is that you need these discussions and talks to move forward. A true conversation that requires sitting down and being face to face.

When starting with crucial conversations we have to remember the importance of dialogue and making sure that any task that we are involved in starts with our heart. Also make sure that we are giving mutual respect, mutual purpose, and an action plan. I know that I will be able to execute this mission by including my leadership skills as well. The 6 sources of influence has helped me to stay focused on my plan. In my Installing 4DX slideshow below you will understand the:

  1. 4 Disciplines of Execution
  2. 6 Sources of Influence
  3. 5 Stages of Change
  4. My Innovation Plan and “The Whirlwind”

I am on my way to becoming a self differentiated leader. Throughout my journey in the DLL program I have been reaching new heights. I have been actually sharing my skills and strengths with my campus. Being a fairly new teacher of six years, I have always felt less important at my work places. Most of my campuses have had the same teachers for over 20 years. I felt like my voice was not valued and people would not care what I said, but this is untrue. Lately, I have began throwing out ideas, concepts, and plan on the table during meetings. I have also been sharing my ideas with other content and grade level teachers. This has truly been helping me find my voice and niche. Other educators and administration have recently come to my classroom to compliment some of the work I am doing with my students. I have really been focused on making learning engaging and fun by using more educational technology. I will make a post that includes some of my lessons in the near future. To become a self differentiated leader I have to use my voice and have crucial conversations. I am realizing that all of these small components like my innovation plan, my “Why” statement, the 4DX plan, the influencer strategy and being able to have and hold crucial conversations will help me become a self differentiated. My personal goal is to become a leader who can successfully roll out any plan or initiative.

References

Patterson, K., Grenny, J., & Swizler, A. (2012). Crucial conversations: tools for talking when stakes are high. (2nd ed.).

Installing 4DX

The 4DX design and the 5 steps work together to help us reach our career goals and our independent goals. They can assist me in my innovation plan of rolling out eportfolios at my campus. The most significant piece of information I learned this week is the importance of execution. Of course the key to leadership is being able to execute our goals. Sometimes I find that I set goals in my head, that stay there and never take off. I need to personally plan more to execute my personal goals. I actually applied the 6 sources of influence to my goals the week and I must say it was successful. I have been trying to take advantage of more leadership opportunities in my career. It is not exactly easy, because it require me stepping out of my comfort zone, but I feel like this program has already begun to take me to new places.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Q_n7AhgKbxco4_6Jm1L7Hl4t786YxLE2KYJUZuIOxF4/edit?usp=sharing

Influencing Change

My Influencer Strategy

  • My innovation change strategy is to put all of my focus into becoming an effective leader so that I can successfully roll out my plan for eportfolios in the classroom. Effective leaders play a very significant role in the culture, success, and recognition of their school. I have been fortunate to have worked with some very positive and driven administrators. With these leadership skills, I will be able to execute my innovation plan. Being an effective leader will help me implement my innovation plan. I will need structure, tools and drive to create a positive learning environment where eportfolios are being utilized for student success.
  • I will measure my results by being reflective of the feedback that I receive from the administration and my colleagues. I am aware that collaboration is extremely important for people with leadership positions.  I will also measure how clearly I communicate and get my vision across. I will continue to drive instruction and collaboration through my Professional Developments. I will also request feedback. I will also review my student performance after assessments, assignments and discussions. I will measure my student’s and their improvement over time. I am dedicated to teaching them how to obtain and appreciate the beauty of having a growth mindset. I will also measure the results of my effectiveness by checking and monitoring my classroom culture. I want my students to be comfortable and feel safe in our environment. Especially while we are learning new concepts together as a whole.

Vital Behaviors

Harapnuik defined vital behaviors as “ repeatable high-leverage actions performed crucial moments that will lead to the results that you want.” Without creating and following vital behaviors the change that I am desiring will have a high possibility of not being successful. We have to change our behaviors and our attitude will follow. The Vital Behaviors that I will need to adopt in order to achieve my goals and bring change are:

  1. Prioritize and Plan
    • End procrastination
    • Check off my daily goal list
  2. Continuously build connections 
  3. Model and Lead
    • Model behaviors i want to see from colleagues and students
  4. Keep my vision and always remember my “Why”
  5. Keep an active goal sheet and updated calendar

Organizational Involvement

My major organizational influencers that will help me to elevate are administration, my English Team, teacher leaders, my mentor and our technology specialist. I believe these groups of people will buy into my vision and help me grow.

Influencer Strategy implementing the use Eportfolios on my campus by using leadership

 MotivationAbility
Personal1. Introduce staff and colleagues to my vision. Show them a presentation on my “why”.
2. Explain to them the benefits of eportfolios and how they will increase college readiness for our students.
3. I will also request feedback from them.
1. I will hold professional developments and trainings on how to incorporate eportfolios in the classroom.
2. I will also host zoom meetings, workshops, and online trainings.
3. I will also have tutoring sessions where staff and students can seek assistance if needed.  
 Social1. Influence people who are affiliated with leadership and technology to take interest in my innovation plan.
2. Ensure that administration supports my plan and my vision.
3. Inspire students and colleagues on the “change” we can make if we work together.
4. Host socials, drop notes in their boxes, send emails and continue influencing by being a leader.
1. Hold online sessions
2. Host team meetings
3. Lead instructional videos on how to build eportfolios
4. Create presentations and videos that inform staff on how to utilize eportfolios in their classroom
5.Create blog posts
6. Always get feedback from others  
Structural1. Update my goal check list
2.Stay connected with my appraiser and let them know what my personal goals are
3. Continue to host team meetings and get responses from my colleagues
4. Keep visuals and vision boards to monitor my own personal progress.
1. Teachers will continue to utilize all technology that we use on the daily basis. For example, laptops, video cameras, Promethean boards, tablets and projectors.
2. Keep and maintain technology checklist in all classrooms
3.Parent permission slips for students to create eportfolios
4. Stay connected with the IT department

My “Why” as an Educator

Why?

  • My purpose is to keep and maintain a “Whatever It Takes” mindset. I will be fair-minded, compassionate,  patient, and empathetic with students, staff, and parents. I will be a visible presence to all around me and always be available to handle concerns with respect, kindness, and a spirit of understanding of other people’s perspectives. I will also embrace “courageous conversations” that are necessary for the improvement of student performance, professional relationships, and classroom culture.
  • I do what I do because I believe that each student has the ability to learn. It may not be the same way or the same day, but with love, uplifting, and positive space, they are all able.  I am completely invested in creating a comfortable, respectable, loving, and engaging space for my students. I also want a student-centered learning environment in my classroom. I want my classroom to be a place where my students and I will grow. I want us to obtain a growth mindset.

How?

  • Each day I wake up knowing the impact that I want to make on my students. I want them to be lifelong learners. I want us to be fearless and take chances when it comes to our learning. Together we can achieve our personal and planned goals by having a growth mindset. In order to make my plan work, I make sure that I try my best to capture my students’ hearts each and every day. I do this by having charisma and trying my best to reach them each and every day.

What?

  • I encourage my students to take ownership of their own futures by being innovative in the classroom. I use innovative practices in my classroom daily. My students also use technology to help promote their learning. I have also adopted the COVA framework to transform and impact our learning environment. Being able to have choice, ownership, voice and authentic learning opportunities helps my students take charge of their own academic journey. My main goal is to prepare them for their future and instill in them to have a mindset that there are “endless possibilities” when it comes to their future. There is no “glass ceiling” that will prohibit them from reaching their goals. I am extremely passionate and dedicated to prepare my students for the “real world”. My goal is for them to be academically prepared and not be afraid to make mistakes during their growth process. I want them to recognize all of their small and large milestones, and appreciate all of their growth. My students will be to creating  E-portfolios that will help them measure their growth. E-portfolios will give them the opportunity to look and reflect on their progress. This will be beneficial to my students as they enter higher education.

I refer to this video often to remember my “Why”. Teachers like Mr. Jensen are as precious as diamonds. He influenced his student to pursue his own goals and not feel pressured. His student eventually followed his dreams to become a successful drummer in a band.

I can relate to Mr. Jenson, because I have student like his that have come through my classroom each year. There is no such thing as a student who can not learn. You simply have to find ways to connect with their likes, backgrounds and interests. I take time to find out their interests at the beginning of each year with a small activity or icebreaker. Mr. Jensen was observant and captured his students heart, by letting him know he has been acknowledging him and that he truly cares about him and his future.

The Importance of my Why, What and How

While reflecting I have been thinking about why my personal “Why, What and How” is important to me. It is significant because it helps me to remember what my mission is. As an educator my mission is to help my students become the best versions of themselves. I also want them to recognize and appreciate their small and large gains. They need to know the “Importance of Yet” and how it will help them get to where they want to be eventually. By referring back to my “why” it can help me reach my students and colleagues hearts. This is important because the heart is where change actually begins. If I can capture their hearts first I know I will be able to influence their thought process and help them learn.

Simon Sinek stated, “People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it,” in his How Great Leaders Inspire Action Ted Talks. This is statement is valuable because as a leader or innovator of change we have to be aware of our purpose and our why. We have to reach our students and people around us by staying our authentic selves and being true to our full purpose. As educators we all invested in a higher purpose as a career choice. We shape, mold and encourage our students everyday while giving 100% our hearts and souls. This is not an easy task, but it is so worth it. At the end of the day I fall asleep happy knowing that I am pouring my heart into what I love to do each and everyday.

My Goals

My Goals

  1. Passion
  2. Vision
  3. Compassion
  4. Innovation
  5. Inspiration
  6. Determination

Developing a Growth Mindset Plan

My Research and the DLL Program

The research that I have been doing in this DLL program has really helped me focus on my calling and what I want to be doing in the future. I am determined to share everything I have been learning with my campus and students. I have learned why digital technology is important and how it can change the way we think and learn. I have also learned and studied the effectiveness of Eportfolios. Eportfolios are a part of my innovation plan. All of my students will hopefully and eventually be able to create and utilize their own, One of the most important and valuable pieces of information that I want to share is how to obtain a “Growth mindset” and the “Power of yet”.

My Goal

As a high school teacher, I will have to model the word “Yet” and what it means to me to my students. This will be done by us creating and sharing our personal goals and growth with each other as a class. We will all be able to reflect upon our growth from the use of Eportfolios. In the classroom, my goal will be to get all of my students using Eportfolios effectively. I will track, analyze and share my results and process with my students. If they’re able to see me growing and getting closer to my goals, hopefully, they will be inspired and know that anything is possible for themselves and their futures. This is how they will be able to know the importance of a Growth Mindset. I also hope that this will help them focus less on letter Grades as I mentioned in my “Power of Yet” article. Grades should not be the defining factor of a student’s intelligence. I see this happen every day. Students work hard just to receive an “A” or “B” and they’re not actually learning, they’re just infatuated with a “Letter”. They want that A or B so bad that they are not interested in the actual assignment and learning that is taking place. Dweck even says, “First of all, we can praise wisely, not praising intelligence or talent. That has failed. Don’t do that anymore. But praising the process that kids engage in: their effort, their strategies, their focus, their perseverance, their improvement. This process praise creates kids who are hardy and resilient.”

The word “Yet” can actually transform “how” and “why” we learn.

GRIT

Angela Lee Duckworth was the speaker at one of my favorite TED Talks. She defined Grit as “being your passion and perseverance for long term goals. Long term goals take time and hardwork. Grit is also having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for many years. It is also working extremely hard to make the future you want a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon.”

This program has made me realize that hard work and Grit is required to be successful. Anything that comes to easy, usually is not worth it. I am determined to roll out my innovation plan and earn my Masters Degree. I have acquired a Growth Mindset and have learned to appreciate my “small gains” not just the big ones.

My Growth

CSLE Response

Learning Philosophy

Learning Environment + 3 Column Table

Mrs. Cooper’s UBD Design

CSLE and My Innovation Plan

Focusing on Creating Significant Learning Environments will impact my plan, because it has helped me to analyze how I will execute my plan. The CSLE approach has prompted me to really think about how I can create even more of a student centered classroom. As I get closer to teaching my campus and students Eportfolio’s I have to be very careful and concise to how I am introducing them and their purpose for my classroom. Besides being just student centered, I also want my classroom to be highly educated on technology, transformative, reflective and inventive. The content that I want to be teaching will also be of quality and resourceful. I want my students to be able to take the information that they have learned from me, well into their futures. I want to create lifelong learners.

My Steps to Obtaining a Growth Mindset

  1. Listen to your inner voice
  2. Evaluate the choices you have
  3. Respond back with a growth mindset voice
  4. Practice
  5. Seek Mentorship
  6. Block out negativity
  7. Learn the importance of “yet”
  8. Take Action

References

Dweck, C. S. (2016). Mindset: The new psychology of success. New York: Ballantine Books.

Mrs. Cooper’s UbD Design

Big Hairy Audacious Goal:

 My students will learn lifelong skills that they will be able to take with them in the real world. This is based on my learning philosophy.  Eportfolios will prepare my students for their future by helping them to increase their college readiness skills, digital literacy, and goal-setting foundations. They will also learn how to reflect and become strong critical thinkers, which is my ultimate goal. I want to teach my students how to think critically.

Here is the link to my UbD Table

The UbD table explains in stages how my implementation plan will be introduced to my students and campus.

We have approached the fourth week of this course. Creating Significant Learning Environment has helped me really focus on not just what I will be teaching my students, but also how to introduce and roll out my innovation plan. I want to teach my students the benfits of eportfolios and how they can enhance their learning journeys. It is impotant that I am able to create a safe and positive learning space where my students will feel open to trying new ideas and concepts. In the Peer Review, it was stated that, “Good e-portfolio practice always includes the processes included within the broad concept of metacognition—having students reflect on their work and think about their progress in learning. Bransford, Brown, and Cocking (2000; 18, 21) call metacognition “an internal conversation” in which students monitor their own understanding and state that teachers should explicitly emphasize metacognition because it “can enhance student achievement and develop in students the ability to learn independently.” The E-portfolios will help the students learn and take accountability of their education. They will be able to be more reflective, increase their analyzation skills and measure their own progress. My campus in particular will be able to follow a more student centered approach. My students will know exactly where they stand and they will be aware of their strengths and weaknesses. They will know the areas they need to grow in. This is a skill that they can use in college and in their career fields. E-portfolios will create more effective learners. 

      After completing Finks Columns table and now the UbD Backward design I came to a realization that the UbD is something that I would use to lesson plan and roll out new activities and concepts for my students. It is more straight to the point and easier to follow for other teachers and even students’. Here is my Finks 3 Column Table Link. During the editing and crafitng of my innovation plan I will use the UbD design only because it is extremely specific.

References

Bransford, J. D., A. L. Brown, and R. R. Cocking, eds. 2000. How people learn: Brain, mind, experience, and school. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.

Mapping Our Journey

The Power of Yet

The power of the word “yet” has been a phrase that I have been living by since I became a teacher back in 2016. Every assignment and task I am assigned to teach my students do not always go as planned, but time helps. Over time I get better at teaching different concepts and subjects. Also as time proceeds, my students become better learners and more familiar with what they are learning. I always show the video above to my students a few times a year, because I believe that it motivates them to keep trying. Especially when they become frustrated like during testing season and the end of grading cycles.

I was formally introduced to the phrase “The Power of Yet” while watching Sesame Street with my daughter. Elmo had the popular artist Janelle Monae guest starring on the show and they all sang “The Power of Yet”. The video received positive feedback from millions including my daughter. Carol Dweck’s Ted Talks is where I was able to apply the concept to my educational journey. I have been reaching milestones in the DLL program and I have been accomplishing things that I never thought I could do. For example, drafting and creating blogs to publish in my eportfolio is something I never thought I could do. Now that I have gotten familiar with posting, I look forward to adding my thoughts and sharing them with the world. My digital footprint has become more visible since joining the program and it has truly expanded my thought process. I can now say that I have adopted a Growth mindset.

My plan is to teach my students how to adopt and appreciate a growth mindset. I believe the best way to implement this plan is through the active use of eportfolios. They are a huge part of my campus innovation plan. I want to bring eportfolios to my classroom. My students would benefit from them, because they are goal-driven, focused, and dedicated to their learning. I work at a very unique high school campus, where our focus is on graduating, job placements, and college readiness. Eportfolios will allow my students to take ownership of their own learning. We will also be able to measure our individual growth in my classroom. This semester I also learned about COVA and how it plays a role in the classroom. The acronym stands for (C), ownership (O), and voice (V) through authentic (A) learning opportunities and when these are being implemented in the classroom, students adopt principles that will help them gain success. Harapnuik stated, “when the COVA approach is combined with CSLE, you get a significant learning environment which takes into account all the key elements essential to effective active learning.” Creating a Significant Learning Environment and adding COVA to my classroom practices will help my students understand and utilize my plan.

Creating Significant Learning Environments

One of the most important ways to increase learning is to create significant learning environments. They help students engage and connect with the learning that is taking place in the classroom. In the article “It’s about Learning” by Harapnuik the Finks Taxonomy design and principles were discussed. This design includes many factors that help the classroom function as a successful learning environment. He said the classrooms must be, “Student-centered, Have Teaching roles, Ubiquitous Access & Social Networking, Instructional delivery formats – face2face, technology-enhanced, blended, online, Instructional Design, Assessment & Evaluation, Academic Quality & Standards, Support & Infrastructure.”

These factors will all be integrated into my innovation plan. My innovation plan, focuses on the benefits of eportfolios in the classroom. I want my students to create eportfolios to increase their college anddcareer readiness skills. I want to teach my students the importance of taking accountability and ownership of their own learning. Eportfolios will also allow them to self reflect on their growth and academic journeys. They will start appreciating the “Growth Mindset”. I also want to bring Finks Taxonomy design and the principles into my classroom in order to increase the effectiveness of my innovation plan. My classroom must be student centered with clear teaching roles. It is also mandatory that we are connecting and social networking with each other and other people outside of the classroom. We have already begun to stay connected by using My Twitter Account. On my educational twitter account, I stay involved and active in my Professional Learning Network’s. I also post, share and review successful lessons that were effective in my classroom. I enjoy collaborating and sharing content with my fellow educators on Twitter.

My BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) –

I always have to stay true to myself when it comes to being an educator. I take honor in teaching my students information that they will be able to take with them in the real world. This is based on my learning philosophy.  Eportfolios will prepare my students for their future.

Learning GoalsLearning ActivitiesAssessment Activities
Foundational-

Learners will adopt skills for college and career readiness by using e-portfolios to measure their growth.
1. Discussions about the benefits of eportfolios
2. Educating ourselves on the latest technology and applications
3. Identifying different colleges and careers that have advanced technology programs
4. Reviewing and analyzing eportfolios that students have completed in other districts.
1. Analyze and decide on different platforms we can create an eportfolio on

2. Gain knowledge on how to construct a proper eportfolio that will have the most individual gains.
Application-

Learners will construct and create an actual eportfolio using one of the websites that fit our classroom the best.
1. Zoom meetings
2. Class discussions and polls
3. Small projects, group collaboration
1. Eportfolios
2. Peer Criticism
3. Collaborating with other classes and students
Integration-

Learners will import classroom assignments onto their eportfolios.
1. Add writing samples
2.College essays
3. Virtual projects like Google slides and presentations.
1. Blogs posts
2. Reflections
3. Reviews
Human Dimensions/ Caring-

Learners will measure their own individual growth through the use of eportfolios throughout the school year.
1. Monthly reviews
2. Rubrics
3.Compare and Contrast Activities
3. Self and Peer/Reviews
1. Commenting and collaborating on blogs posts
2. Reviewing past work and correcting mistakes and misconceptions
4. Updating work
Learning How to Learn-
Students will be using the COVA approach and begin taking ownership of their own learning process. They will also find their own individual voice that they want the world to hear.
1. Blog Posts
2. Reading Responses
3. Collaborations
4. Projects and Videos 
1.Seeing how others respond to the information they are sharing
2. Having a collection of their own work that they can use for future and past learning. 
3. Obtaining and appreciating a “Growth mindset”

Although this plan will require hardwork and patience. I am 100% devoted to making these effective in my classroom. It may not happen quickly, but with time I believe it will work and be a huge benefit to my students.

“If you’ve Never Failed, You’ve Never Tried Anything New”

Successfully planning and executing my plan of eportfolios will be a task, but I feel like it will elevate my students and myself. We will all achieve growth through utilizing effective technology platforms. As a teacher my goal is to prepare students for success in the real world and in life. I will make sure that I am staying up to date in all the latest technology platforms. A few of the ones that I have already been using are Kami, Schoology, Google, Microsoft and many more. I have also been studying different methods to teach my students how to use these. The best way way to educate students on online platforms is by showing them and completing the tasks together. The major benefit of using Digital Technology in the classroom is the ability to have my face to face and virtual students complete assignments at the same time. This prevents students from getting behind on their studies, because we are all able to access everything we need with our preference of technology. Students can also have the choice to use the method of technology that they feel more comfortable with, whether it is a phone, laptop or tablet.

By creating eportfolios and being able to use advanced technology as a learning tool students will grow expeditiously. In a classroom setting, the teacher is usually the expert, data tracker, and grader. With teachers already having a multitude of tasks they are responsible for technology will make things easier. Students will take a larger role in their growth by being able to access their grades, assignments, and skills they are weak in.

Engagement

Increasing the use of technology and opportunities to help students adopt a growth mindset is an effective method to give students ownership and accountability of their learning. Technology will also spark engagement in the classroom. Engagement is they key to instilling interest and productivity in the lessons and content that is being taught.

Learning Philosophy

  Digital Learning Philosophy

Abstract

    My Philosophy of Education is that all children have the ability to learn. They might not all learn the same way or on the same day, but learning is possible for everyone. I am invested in each student that I cross paths with. I want to create a space where children can expand their social and emotional skills. I also want them to grow physically and mentally. My classroom will be a special place where we all feel respected and protected. I want us to be able to learn from each other and explore our creative desires. I consider myself a lifelong learner and I want to teach my students how to adopt the same attitude not only inside the classroom but also in life. I am an advocate for learning skills that we can utilize in our everyday lives. Being able to teach lifelong learning skills is a necessity in today’s world. Students have to learn these skills to assist them in higher education and career environments.  The expectations of “Teachers being innovators”  and “Teachers being creators of learning” are extremely relevant. They expose how important it is for educators to adopt and teach lifelong learning skills. In the article, The Relationship of Prospective Teachers’ Educational Philosophy and Life-Long Learning Tendencies to Their Teaching-Learning Process Competencies, Hasan Sahad detailed that, “ It is seen as a necessity that teachers be open to development and constantly renew themselves.” I want to make sure that I am staying updated with the best classroom practices, methods, and information that will help my students. This is the main reason why I am advocating for more education on Ed.Tech in my district. I want my colleagues and the students that I teach to be educated in Digital Learning. There are an unlimited number of benefits that are possible if more districts adopted and gained knowledge on digital platforms that would help students learn. They also are made to be convenient for educators.

Learning Environments

     My goal is to create a comfortable, respectable, loving, and engaging space for my students. I also want a student-centered learning environment in my classroom. I want my classroom to be a place where my students and I will grow. We will learn how to adopt and maintain a “Growth mindset”. A growth mindset is being able to accomplish abilities by having perseverance, dedication, and the willingness to work hard.  My mission is to be fearless and take chances when it comes to our learning. One of the most important ways to increase learning is to create significant learning environments. CSLN’s will help students engage and connect with the learning that is taking place in the classroom. In the article “It’s about Learning” by Harapnuik the Finks Taxonomy design and principles were discussed. This design includes many factors that help the classroom function as a successful learning environment. For example, the classroom needs to be student-centered, have teacher roles, instructional designs, multiple delivery formats, academic quality, and structure.  Together the classroom can achieve our personal and planned goals by keeping a growth mindset.  I will strive to promote and encourage students to adopt this mindset in the classroom and in their own lives. I want to create an environment that encourages academic success. My students will flourish and become independent learners. I believe that every student can learn and have success in the classroom with hard work and diligence. Students will be able to create their own futures by being innovative in the classroom. Innovative tools and lessons will be utilized in my classroom daily and technology will help promote their learning. The COVA approach has been transforming my learning. I will use the COVA framework to transform and impact our learning environment. Being able to have choice, ownership, voice and authentic learning opportunities will help students to take charge of their own academic journey. Harapnuik analyzed the COVA approach in the article DLL. It states, “In DLL the learner will not be asked to sit and get professional development but will be required to go and show what they have learned through the creation of their own authentic projects and learning ePortfolio.” My goal is to prepare them for their future and instill in them to have a mindset that there are “endless possibilities” when it comes to their future. There is no “glass ceiling” that will prohibit them from reaching their goals.

Eportfolios

      I am passionate and dedicated to preparing my students for the “real world”. I want them to be academically prepared and not afraid to make mistakes during their growth process. I want them to recognize all of their small and large milestones, and appreciate all of their growth. I want my students to create E-portfolios that will help them measure their growth. E-portfolios will give them the opportunity to look and reflect on their progress. This will be beneficial to my students as they enter higher education.  E-portfolios are an innovative tool because they help create a student-centered learning environment. It also keeps students engaged and helps teachers meet the student’s needs in real-time. The evidence of learning is visible and students are able to access their accomplishments and assess the areas they need to improve in. E-portfolios allow teachers to gain a holistic view of how students are learning over time in school, they also encourage communication, track performance, and they can use them as a tool for planning. While actively researching the powers of an ePortfolio, I discovered Karen Barnstable’s article. She disclosed many benefits of an eportfolio. Barnstable categorized and explained a multitude of benefits that ePortfolios can have on students, staff and professionals in the Education field and even corporate companies. A few of the reasons that immediately stood out to me were Students developing their own personal goals for learning and learning how to be reflective in their learning. I am driven to bring this information to my campus to better the students and prepare them for higher education and their careers. 

Digital Learning

      Digital learning will keep education innovative. We as educators have to keep up with technology as it changes rapidly. Utilizing technology in our classrooms will only help students become smarter, independent thinkers, collaborative, employable and reflective. We are able to analyze a student’s growth in the classroom with technology. We are also able to create and cater specific lesson plans that will benefit each individual student. It is time for all campuses to become as innovative as they can be in order to educate our students. Technology is continuing to expand nationwide and campuses are utilizing all aspects of technology. Although each campus wants to utilize technology and digital learning, sometimes it simply is not possible because of the lack of technology on many campuses. In order to learn and lead the resources need to be available, and they are not. Technology like computers speakers,Smart Boards/Promethean boards are necessary for digital learning to be successful. In order to have technology their needs to be proper funding in school districts. 

    While education is constantly changing there are some factors that just do not seem to go away. Funding is one of the major issues in the education system. There are so many schools that do not have the proper funding needed for their students to be successful.Schools that are underfunded are teaching students using dated textbooks, insufficient technology and old buildings. This is an issue because it is impossible to use digital learning on a campus that does not have resources. It also affects and limits student growth resulting in poor education. Chandra Villanueva examined how funding is imperative in the Texas education system. Villanueva states, “Well-funded schools have a stronger ability to offer high-quality teachers, reduce class sizes and increase arts, technology and STEM curriculum. Teacher quality is often cited as having the largest impact on student success, but even the best trained and most dedicated teachers struggle to be effective in over-crowded classrooms. Improving teacher quality, updating classroom technology and reducing classroom sizes all require better and more sustained funding.” Properly funding schools is important because it could play a role in students’ success while in the classroom.

      I am a firm believer of the success digital learning will have on not only the students, but the teachers as well. It is important to stay relevant and connected with new ideas and concepts. Digital learning is new and we are all learning how to navigate through more and more each day. As educators we have to stay informed and continue our own education as Digital learners. I want to make a difference on my campus by taking further steps to ensure that my students are prepared for college. My goal is to incorporate E-portfolios in the classroom. This will be a beneficial resource for my 10th graders, and other high school students on my campus. Students will be able to use the E-Portfolios to monitor their growth and progress over time in all of their classes. The E-portfolios are easily accessible through computers, tablets or smartphones. E- portfolios will also help students gain a deeper understanding of learning and critical thinking skills. The E-portfolios are an innovative tool, because they help create a student-centered learning environment. It also  keeps students engaged and helps teachers meet the students needs in real time. The evidence of learning is visible and students are able to access their accomplishments and assess the areas they need to improve in. E-portfolios allow teachers to gain a holistic view of  how students are learning over time in school, they also encourage communication, track performance, and they can use them as a tool for planning. I want to be able to incorporate E-portfolios into my classroom with the students that I will teach the upcoming year. With a growth mindset, technology and optimism I believe that education is going to be a part of an evolution.

I have attached the link to my entire Learning Philosophy

Learning Philosophy

Creating Significant Learning Environments

One of the most important ways to increase learning is to create significant learning environments. They help students engage and connect with the learning that is taking place in the classroom. In the article “It’s about Learning” by Harapnuik the Finks Taxonomy design and principles were discussed. This design includes many factors that help the classroom function as a successful learning environment.

Harapnuik states the classroom must be:

  • Student centred
  • Have Teaching roles – Presenter, Facilitator, Coach, Mentor
  • Ubiquitous Access & Social Networking
  • Instructional delivery formats – face2face, technology enhanced, blended, online
  • Instructional Design
  • Assessment & Evaluation
  • Academic Quality & Standards
  • Support & Infrastructure

These factors will all be integrated into my innovation plan. My innovation plan, which is linked above, focuses on the benefits of eportfolios in the classroom. I want my students to create eportfolios to increase their college readiness skills. I want to prepare my students for college and teach them the importance of taking accountability and ownership of their own learning. Eportfolios will also allow them to self reflect on their growth and academic journeys. I want to bring Finks Taxonomy design and the principles into my classroom in order to increase the effectiveness of my innovation plan. My classroom must be student centered with clear teaching roles. It is also mandatory that we are connecting and social networking with each other and other people outside of the classroom. We have already began to stay connected by using My Twitter Account. On my educational twitter account, I stay involved and active in my Professional Learning Network’s. I also post, share and review successful lessons that were effective in my classroom. I enjoy collaborating and sharing content with my fellow educators on Twitter.

Challenges

A few of the challenges that may interfere with transforming my classroom into a significant learning environment are the changes that have occured because of coronavirus. Virtual learning and teaching can affect my ability to build my significant learning environment. Virtual teaching can be less personable and it is tough to build connections as a class when we are not all in the same room. Because of this, I will have to ensure that I am connected to all of kids through social media. This is why I stay active on my Remind account and my classroom Twitter.

Adopting New Perspectives

I want to set a goal of trying to create a significant learning environment. I know it will not happen overnight ,but I am aware of the benefits it will provide my students and my classroom as a whole. This will be something that I will have to work at overtime. The CSLE approach definitely defines how important a holistic approach is in education. The holistic approach means to focus on the bigger picture of things not just pieces of things. We have to think about all factors when it comes to education.

In order to get people to think broadly we have to encourage, motivate and uplift. We also have to make a plan and execute. We have to show our colleagues and campuses the benefits of a holistic approach and how it can change the way we teach and how our kids learn. We have to analyze every aspect of our learning environment.

References:

Learning Philosophy. (2015). Retrieved September 30, 2016, from http://www.harapnuik.org/?page_id=95

10 Benefits of an ePortfolio

The amount of research that I have done on the power of an ePortfolio has been extremely eye opening. I had the chance to read a very insightful article by Karen Barnstable.

I have attached the link as well. https://kbarnstable.wordpress.com/2010/01/08/41-benefits-of-an-eportfolio/

Barnstable categorized and explained a multitude of benefits that ePortfolio’s can have on student, staff and professionals in the Education field and even corporate companies. A few of the reasons that immediately stood out to me were:

  1. Students will develop their own personal goals for learning.
  2. Students’ learning will take on a new depth through the reflection process.
  3. Students will learn and begin to practice  a process that will be used in life long and life wide learning pursuits.
  4. Students will have have direction for career planning.
  5. Students will have a concrete way of showcasing strengths to teachers or  future employers.
  6. Students will have the opportunity to explore more fully who they are and what they know and can do.
  7. Employees will refresh their skills in documenting lifelong learning experiences.  This allows them to bring all of their learning to their daily job challenges.
  8. Employees will have a record of personal learning with documents that prove formal and informal learning.  This results in a definite boost of confidence.
  9. Employees will be able to “showcase” their best work and share examples easily and comfortably with each other.  A community of sharing ideas and best practices will be developed within the company.
  10. Employees will be able to demonstrate professional growth and show a commitment to continued learning.  They will have evidence for a requested transfer or promotion.

I really appreciated how Barnstable included the benefits that ePortfolio’s have on not only students, but also Employees in various fields. I personally would like to use my ePortfolio to record and measure my own growth as a young professional. I want my future employers to have access to my accomplishments and achievements over time.