Prior to beginning the CEP 810 course modules, I was asked to complete a MePage. This process forced me to articulate my current role in education and think about where this may take me in the future. I thought about my current role related to supporting instructors in higher education and that maybe I would like to be a classroom teacher in the future. I have an extensive background in technology but I have a lot of opportunity for growth in the area of how education systems function and where technology fits into the education puzzle. The CEP 810 module that gave me the most insight into this topic was focused on the Technological Pedagogical and Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework. It was extremely helpful for me to think about strategically selecting technology and repurposing technology to reach educational goals.
CEP 810 was also key in helping me think about how I learn, which in turn helped me think about how the individuals I teach learn. The idea of student centered teaching is something I must continually remind myself of. In the past I have found it difficult to find the time to spend with students to fully understand what they understand about a variety of topics. Especially in CEP 810, I have learned how important it is to take the time to constantly gauge the status of student learning. Bransford, Brown and Cocking suggest that activities should be “challenging enough to maintain engagement, but not so difficult as to lead to discouragement” (Brandsford, Brown, & Cocking, 2000, p.23). This is impossible to do if I do not know where my students stand at a given moment in time. With this information I was able to create a 21st Century Lesson Plan that meets many suggested requirements of this program and hopefully creates knowledge growth while also making learning fun.
With all of the challenges, it is beneficial to know that I am not alone. As I modify methods and delegate teaching, it is comforting to know that my students and I have access to an extensive Professional Learning Network (PLN). It will be crucial that I share techniques for accessing these resources and that we learn to invest in the growth of these assets. For example, I still have a lot of questions related to the responsibilities of teachers, so it will be beneficial to network with individuals already teaching in environments I find interesting. As I continue forward in the MAET program, I will focus on the growth of my PLN and continue to put into practice the best practices suggested by the experts who have come before me.
Bransford, J.D., Brown , A.L., & Cocking, R.R. (Eds.). (2000). How people learn: Brain, mind, experience, and school. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.
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