My classmates and I started a Lit Review in an earlier class in Digital Learning and Leadership. The class I am in now has allowed my partner and I an opportunity to explore in more depth the literature. We have found a lot of very useful information that works well with our Innovation Plan. My plan is to integrate ePortfolios into my classroom. This has proven to be a difficult task if not planned correctly. Continue reading
The past few weeks I have been doing research, a lot of research for a literature review. I have scrolled through tons of useless information for my innovation plan, but I have found a lot of information that is very informative and helpful. My plan is to incorporate ePortfolios into my classroom and get other teachers on board to do the same. This is going to be a big undertaking and it takes a lot of planning.
Whenever PD is mentioned most teachers cringe and get a negative idea in their head of sitting in a cafeteria or auditorium listening to someone ramble on about how we should be teaching. Most think PD adds more work to their already full load. And sometimes this is true. Having an entire school of teachers sit in front of someone giving a lecture is never going to be beneficial to everyone. But there is a better way.
In most cases we do not have to reinvent the wheel, simply improve upon what we already have. Incorporate teacher input into PD classes, gear them toward individualized learning, utilize smaller learning groups, and put more responsibility on the learner. Continue reading
My plan is to begin the process of changing the way Professional Learning is taught at Buna High School in August 2017. This training will extend through May 2017. Each teacher will create an e-Portfolio that they will use in their class to help their students, parents, and administrators collaboratively engage in the students learning. I chose this time frame to give teacher ample training so they can pass along their knowledge about e-ports to their students so they can be used effectively and efficiently. Through this ten month PL training the administrators will have time to make the necessary adjustments for the 2018-2019 school year when student e-portfolios are fully implemented. Continue reading
I have worked with very few teachers that get excited about professional development. Whenever PD is mentioned most teachers cringe and get a negative idea in their head of sitting in a cafeteria or auditorium listening to someone ramble on about how we should be teaching. Most think PD adds more work to their already full load. The people that lecture to us have usually never taught. If they did teach at some point in their career they can only relate to a small percentage of the people in the room because we are so diverse. There are a few key principles that Gulamhussein (2013) pointed out in his report that every teacher knows. These principles focus on the fact that the best teaching practices are lessons that target specific goals, are relevant to the learner, and have multiple supported, active learning opportunities to practice new skills. Why don’t we do staff development that way? Having an entire school of teachers sit in front of someone giving a lecture is never going to be beneficial to everyone. But there is a better way. Continue reading
I have been working on action research in order to better understand how to implement my innovation plan. I have discovered ways to measure if it is successful and if my students are benefitting from it through making a literature review. There are still many things that have to be done in order to continue moving forward in a positive manner, but using my action research plan to measure the good and bad of my plan is a big first step.
Research is something that most of us do daily. We might not be writing a literature review or even a research paper, but research goes on daily if we are active as a teacher. I am constantly looking up information or googling ideas that can help me be a better teacher. I have discovered that it takes an immense amount of research to ensure that everything is in order to implement a change. Especially a change that introduces something new to a group of teachers and students. There are many obstacles that we will face as leaders and the more prepared we are for any challenges that will come our way the smoother we will be able to rectify them. Continue reading
Who knew that creating a change was going to be so complicated? The past four weeks I have been getting tips and advice on how to implement change. I have used a few different models to help me with this. Trying to get a group of teachers to accept and use something new isn’t easy. Dr. Dwayne Harapnuik has introduced me to a few helpful tools that will hopefully help my colleagues get on board with my goal of implementing e-portfolios. Anyone who is a teacher or has dealt with teachers know that most of us are very hard headed, strong willed people who think we are always doing what is best and see no reason for change. My job is to create a change amongst my colleagues. I want them to to create and learn how to use an e-portfolio so they can implement them in their classroom. Continue reading
It is nearly impossible to please everyone all the time. We all have different views, backgrounds, ideas, and we all perceive information in our own way. This is very true amongst a group of teachers. We are a hard group to have others opinions and ideas forced on us. Forcing information on someone and expected them to be a positive influencer is not going to work. When creating a change that includes teachers having to do more work you better be ready for some opposition. My plan, implementing e-portfolios in the classroom, will create more work for the teacher initially, but it will decrease their workload after it is created and being used as a tool in their assignments. It is my job to make them see this. Continue reading