Several weeks ago, seems a lot longer, I started a classroom blog. After a false attempt on edublog I decided to use our school server. I wasn’t convinced it was the best and actually wasn’t happy that there would be no widgets. Now to be honest, 2 months ago I didn’t know there was such a thing as a widget or what it would be used for! Last week I realized that I really needed to move my classroom blog to a Pro edublog. Thankfully our tech facilitator had already setup pro blogs for 5 of the classroom teachers – Thank you Grace. Now I’m working on how to link photo albums. I started with Flickr and discovered I needed a “pro” account there too. Once you get started there is no end to what you want to do and how it can be done. I know I still have a lot to learn.
I know I should be posting on the classroom blog, but I’m also trying to figure out how to have students reflect on their work for their portfolios. Last week I asked them to reflect on what we had done in class and was disappointed with the results. Recently I read a post on student reflection. I realized I need to give them guiding questions to help their writing. We’ll be trying again this week with some questions and possibly even some photos of students at work.
Just as I want the students to reflect on their learning I need to continually reflect and check my own learning.
- What have I learned this week?
- How can I use what I’ve learned?
- How might I adapt what I learned?
- Can I share what I learned with a colleague? (Last week I was having a conversation with a colleague who is taking an online class. We were talking about reading online and note taking. I was able to share diigo with her and hopefully she found it useful. I know sometimes I can be excited about something, but the other person isn’t ready to hear it or doesn’t want to hear it.)
- Where do I go from here? – I am looking forward to the next Coetail course and what other new challenges are in store.