“Reflection is the essential part of the learning process because it results in making sense of or extracting meaning from the experience.” (Osterman, 1990).
During the first few weeks of the program I have reflected upon the skills I have acquired and have used them to improve my teaching. To my great satisfaction, I have learned to reflect on the priorities and attributes of high-performing teachers, and embrace their values. These past weeks discussions and assignments have greatly contributed to my development as a scholar practitioner by encouraging the development of my competence as a teacher and to become a reflective professional. Teachers can use the practice of reflection to develop and grow professionally. Reflection leads to a better understanding of professional practices and increases the understanding about the problems teachers are confronted with, and leads to a higher degree of self-awareness.
Today I am
I have learned that I have potential I have not been utilizing. Previously, I could not find time to engage in other activities besides class work, yet I did not perform exceptionally well. I have discovered that I can live a more holistic life without compromising the time spent on studies. Planning has enabled me to visualize what needs to be achieved and decide how to achieve it. I learned that my poor performance in school has been the result of little or no practice. It has also shown me that personal skills are important, and they are not as difficult to learn as I thought earlier. Who are you as a Walden Student?
I discovered that I lack soft skills in relation to other people. The importance of these skills in the work place is significant, and I required developing them in order to avoid the skill mismatch in the workplace (Zenger and Folkman, 2009, p. 137). The improvement of interaction with other people was one of the main goals of my PDP. During this semester, I have changed how I relate with people by leaving more time for the interaction with them. I was able to achieve this by seeking an elective post as a representative in one of the professional clubs at the school. Acquiring this leadership position was important for my development of leadership skills. The acquisition of this post has also helped me develop communication skills since I had to communicate the needs and issues of the club members to the club leaders. It has also made me a good listener and a more focused person due to having other responsibilities besides schoolwork. What tools have Walden provided. How are the student tools provided and supports available play into your plan? With a great collection of instructional tools, instructional models and strategies to teach; I was able to make better decisions on when to use them. During EDUC 6630 Instructive Models and Strategies, I was impressed with the amount on new strategies I was missing out. The instruction models and strategies that I have been using the most are Internet Workshops, Internet Project, and WebQuests. I am now a subscriber for ePals and have my class connected with others around the World that speaks Portuguese. I have incorporated WebQuests regularly in my lessons. With technology enhanced lessons, I started to use a many common programs in my classroom, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, these are very powerful tools. During EDUC 6662 Multimedia Tools How to Research, Plan, and Communicate with technology, I was able to learn in depth how to work with these common programs. In this course “Teacher as Professional”, I have gathered the foundation to be a lifelong learner and to be a High-Performing Teacher. When I first started this class, I was not aware of the attributes that were required to a High-Performing Teacher as presented by Lee Canter in his Program One. Many of these attributes were already part of my daily practice while others; I learned by watching Lee Canter’s video Program One and is now part of my daily...
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