Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “owns” as ‘to have (something) as property: to legally possess (something)’ and also ‘to admit that something is true.’ These definitions are two completely different meanings in my opinion. I am really think that in the case of myself owning my ePortfolio, I want to talk about the second definition.
I believe that I own my portfolio, because it is my thoughts and beliefs about what I am learning. I do get ideas from other places, but I do make them mine. I believe that the reflections need to be mine and not try to write to impress somebody else.
Last March, I realized that I love to walk and just see things that are happening in nature. I had gotten a zoo pass, so I could go to the zoo with my niece and nephew. I would really just use it once or twice in the summer and maybe during the holidays. So in March, I decided that to start walking after school at either the zoo or the Botanical Gardens. This helped me relax after a day of teaching and I was able to share with the students are the plants and animals that made me happy.
Well, since the end of May, I have not gone walking because it was too hot in the afternoon (and I just did not want to walk in Texas in the summer.) Today was a coolish day and I decided that I needed to go after a day of teaching. The first animals that I went to was the gorillas. There is a 'toddler' gorilla named Gus. He is so adorable! He does not stop moving and he does remind me of some students.
I know that I have to walk more because I feel better when I am doing this. And I felt so great that I worked on my ePortfolio for a couple of hours!
Wordset.org defines a portfolio as a set of pieces or creative work collected to be shown to potential customers or employers. Fresno State defines an ePortfolio as a digital collection of work that documents and showcases knowledge, skills, and abilities, and their growth over time. Even though we might be showing our future or even current employers our portfolio, we do want it to be for ourselves because it will be more meaningful to us.
So today was a rough day for me as a teacher. My students had their first "test" and it was computerized. Now, it was not a test of material that I have taught them, but I get so nervous when my first graders have to take a test. This is so new to them and many of them do not have the concept of taking a test. We have been talking about growth mindset, but I just want them to well on the test (why- probably because it means that I have to do more RTI plans- but that just means that they can reflect more in their learning.) In Dweck's book, Mindset- The New Psychology of Success, she mentions that you have to be aware of success, because it can knock you into fixed mindset. I was when I saw there was some students that scored well. I know that I have to now push them more...
I don't know why starting my portfolio has been so hard. I love sharing about my teaching and what I am doing at school (both with my first graders and now with my master's class.) Today is Sunday and I went to church. I always enjoy going to church, because I know that God will talk to me through the sermons and even the songs.