Last week, during an #edteach Twitter chat, I was reminded of the critical importance of reflecting on our instruction and sharing our teaching and learning with others. Keeping that in mind, I was inspired by my current ED3505 Teaching Seminar class, who over the past few days have been sharing their thoughts and reflections related to a video we watched in class.
The video (shared below) was an excellent overview of how we learn and initiated some great connections regarding the focus that needs to be placed on the learner. During the video, we paused after each of the “gr8 8” to reflect on each condition of powerful learning, utilizing a Conditions for Powerful Learning Organizer to consolidate our learning.
Below, I would like to share links to student blog postings (their first in their newly established online portfolios), that show the beginnings of reflective teachers that our students deserve:
- Andrew reflects on conditions for powerful learning as he shares a pledge to put his focus on what truly matters in the classroom
- Lauren comments on the power of reflection and the need for learning to be active and engaging
- Johannah shares two specific strategies she’s considering to establish a positive, caring classroom
- Andrea reflects on two conditions – establishing a safe and caring learning environment and “use it or lose it”
- Tiffany connects conditions to the Knowledge, Skills and Attributes required for Alberta teachers
- Winnie shares her experiences as a learner and why ensuring a student is “hungry for knowledge” is critical for a teacher
- Meagan provides a concise overview of the eight conditions for powerful learning, with her own reflections on each condition
- Darci connects each of Ned’s Gr8 8 with her own understanding and personal experiences connected to each
- Kim turns her attention on the teacher’s role in making sure students feel “okay”
- Daniel shares his experiences with Mr. A and how he ensured powerful learning in his classroom
- Ian connects concepts related to powerful learning and a direct focus on assessment
- Cheyenne relates her desire to ensuring powerful learning for her students to past personal experiences as a learner
Please take a moment to not only read the students’ posts but provide comments for these promising pre-service teachers. This activity not only allowed us to reflect on how we learn (and subsequently things to keep in the forefront of our minds when teaching), but also modeled how we can effectively use video in the classroom to further engage learning and deepen discussions.