My Learning Journey

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Name: Brian Hewitt
Campus: Birmingham
Role: Middle and Upper School Science Teacher


As you prepare for our day, please consider the goal or focus you set for yourself at the close of our last session. Please share your thinking, efforts and reflections over the past few weeks:

  • What have you tried?
    • I have tried sharing my one note science notebook with one of my students. I simply told him to explore it and see what he thought of the setup.
    • I have also tried using ipads to allow students to record their earthquake structures on a shake table. They then use the video to analyze how/why their structure failed and make modifications for their final structure.
  • What observations have you made of your students?
    • Many students are eager to use technology but few are still reluctant. When I took a class survey about how many students would prefer to have a computer based notebook, only 65% students said they would prefer it. I thought this number would be much higher because of how many of them use technology outside of the classroom.
  • What have you noticed, confirmed or questioned about your own practice?


As you reflect on your thinking and efforts since we began in the Fall:

  • What needs have you been able to identify (professional and student)
    • Professional:
      • More cohesiveness on what type of technology we are going to expect students to know how to use.
      • More time to master how to utilize the technologies in the classroom
      • More access to technology in the classroom
    • Student:
      • Basic computer skills: sending/receiving email, basic Microsoft Office skills, basic knowledge of search engines
      • How to properly use technology-->know the limits and when it is appropriate to use other methods
  • Of these needs,
    • How Might We...?
      • More campus meeting time to talk about technology
      • Having more computer/technology skill classes offered to students
      • Having set curriculum for computer/technology classes so students will have expected skills mastered
    • which are within your locus of control?
      • More time to master how to utilize the technologies in the classroom

    • which will you need support obtaining?
      • More access to technology in the classroom
      • More cohesiveness on what type of technology we are going to expect students to know how to use
      • Basic computer skills: sending/receiving email, basic Microsoft Office skills, basic knowledge of search engines
      • How to properly use technology-->know the limits and when it is appropriate to use other methods




This I Believe (my 3 Claims):

  1. Question
  2. Embrace the Process
  3. Reflect-Why does this matter?

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My Stretch Sketch:

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Exploring Elements of Practice

  • Documentation & Reflection

    • Activity and student work samples
      • iteration #1
      • iteration #2
      • iteration #3
    • Activity and student work samples
      • iteration #1
      • iteration #2
      • iteration #2
  • Questioning

    • How do I use essential questions to drive my lessons?
    • Go from teacher led discussions/lessons to student led discussions/lessons
    • Student generated questions to lead direction of each individual unit
    • Use the scientific method to drive students thinking
  • Feedback

  • Self-Monitoring & Assessment

  • Reaching Out & Pulling In


Growth: How will I know?


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The most appropriate type of data for me to collect as evidence of my professional growth & learning...

(suggestions)
  • anecdotal records
  • student work samples
  • student reflections
  • teacher reflections
  • observations
  • peer/colleague feedback
  • "assessment" data
    • rubrics
    • other formative pieces...
  • surveys
  • counts
  • other...

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Resources:

My learning network will include (books, articles, websites, people, other):

  • Laura Panek (laura.panek@roeper.org)
  • Wendy Mayer (wendy.mayer@roeper.org)
  • Linda Pence (linda.pence@roeper.org)

Our Diigo Group
https://groups.diigo.com/group/the_roeper_school

Twitter:
  • @TheRoeperSchool
  • #RoeperR&D


Other..
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external image Audacity-icon.pngThe reason for doing action research is to improve future action.
–Richard Sagor, Guiding School Improvement with Action Research, (ASCD professional development program)