Archive for December 2011
One more post before the semester is over…
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our EC&I 831 class this semester. I have learned SO much from you, Alec, and our presenters. I take so much away from this class, and I will continue to follow you on Twitter and read your blogs if you continue to post.
I love to bake, and usually I take a treat to my last class. Well, that won’t work this semester, so please accept the online version of some Christmas baking. Dig in! Merry Christmas everyone!
When I started this project months ago, I never expected it to grow to what it has become. I have put A LOT of work into this site – more work than I have applied to any other Master’s class project. My learning curve has been huge! However, the difference between this project and others that I have completed is that it does not feel like I am doing this “for the marks.” I am not constantly thinking, “Is this what is required? Is this what my prof wants? Am I following the guidelines? Will I receive a good mark?” Instead, I have taken this project and have run with it. I am always thinking about how I can add to it, and not because of project requirements, but because I want to make it better, share with my colleagues, and have something effective to use with my OWN students! I have been using the site quite regularly, and I am so proud of it because the most important part is that the students are learning from it. They always love when we work on the Moral Intelligences, and their answers are so mature. They are really engaged, and I know it is because of the technological aspect of the site. As well, it feels great to help my fellow colleagues. I have made teaching this aspect of the curriculum so much easier for them. Some are even planning to start their students blogging after Christmas – a project that I am going to start as well and with which I am going to help them. I have been able to use so many sites and tools that we learned about in class when creating my website, AND have included them in my website. Again, I was not thinking, “Oh, I should use Wordle, Picnik, and Compfight on the site so that I’ll get a better mark!” Instead, I was thinking, “Sandy would love Wordle – her class would probably enjoy it too!” “The grade eights will love using Picnik – I should include that somehow!” I am so grateful for everything that I have learned in EC&I 831!
I have thoroughly enjoyed creating this project and it has been the most worthwhile Master’s class project that I have completed. I am going to continue to add to it after this class has wrapped, and that way, there will be a page per month for the entire year. When Dean Shareski spoke to our class, he asked us where our best work was located, and if it was online. At the time, mine was not. I remarked that it was sitting in boxes in my basement and in lessons that only my students saw. Now, however, some of my best lessons are included in this website, and some of my NEW best work, this website itself, IS online! I hope that other teachers outside of my school are able to use it, and that they will continue to share it with others for years to come.