My Learning Journey

Name: Jennifer Ziemann
Campus: Roeper Lower School
Role: Stage I Head Teacher

March 18th

Personal Learning Journals

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? We have connected with another classroom for do Wonder Wednesday's to shar our classes See/Think/Wonders and discoveries. The class has been working on recording nafta regions of their illustrations based on a classroom book. we first put each video in their seesaw journals and then using shadow puppet to create a classroom book
  • What observations have you made of your students? By having the students record their own narration, I have found that they have taken more ownership of this project and are excited to share it with others.
  • What have you noticed, confirmed or questioned about your own practice? I noticed that by slowing down this project to go with the pace of the students, it felt more relaxed and not rushed.

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)
  • Since we often have limited classroom time as we try to fit so much in our 3 hours of the morning session to fit in special classes, snack, proper outdoor time, etc. things and projects seemed rushed to make sure we get everything done. This doesn't always fit the needs of students or allow for a ton of flexibility as we do our best to differentiate lessons, activitis and project.
    • How Might We...? With this particular project, I have been carving out time each day to allow students to work at their own pace and when they feel ready. By giving a fluid deadline, it feels less rushed.
    • which are within your locus of control?
    • which will you need support obtaining? Updated technology, better and higher quality printers and a colored copier. We also need time in our schedule to be able to reflect and document on our classroom projects.

This I Believe (my 3 Claims):

  1. I believe that children should and also need a strong voice in their own learning. This creates a classroom full of wonder and authentic learning.
  2. . I believe that a teachers role in learning is for guidance and a supplier of tools to use to support student learning.
  3. I believe that children need to find the answers to their many wonders through hands on explorations.

My Destination Postcard

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

  • connecting with another classroom in that state/country/world to colloborate on a project
  • skyping/presentation with an expert in our learning community to support their wonders about dinosaurs or egypt {when we get there}
  • how to challenge student questioning further, taking it one step beyond
  • explore with the class what is a statement and what is question
  • 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...

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



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

Our Diigo Group
  • Megan, coteacher
  • Amber, fellow Stage I teacher
  • MLV group and fellow participants

  • @TheRoeperSchool
  • #RoeperR&D
  • @wonderopolis


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)