I can't believe that this is the last week of the class- Applying Edtech Portfolio. The assignment this week was to look at each other's ePortfolio in our class and comment about them. I loved looking at them and even got ideas of how I could try to make my portfolio better. It gets addicting and I made myself stop at 10:45 PM.
Here are some of the portfolios from my class:
It makes me excited to continue my journey with these classmates. Since we started in July, we have a smaller class, but I think that will make us support each other even more!
Since the first week of school, I have incorporated growth mindset in my classroom. I have seen most of the students feel more comfortable when they mistakes and we can "fix" them. This takes place during the Math Meeting time where the students make number sentences and they are adding (or subtracting) to get to the number of the day.
Sometimes I am scared to share things that I am so passionate about. I have put my heart and soul into things and I usually am the most critical about my own work.
A week and a half ago, I had not actually published my Weebly portfolio (I had used Google Sites for my first portfolio.) It had been decided by my group that we would participate in a Google Hangout on Sunday. I knew that I had a lot of work ahead of me. I pulled everything together and even put pictures that showed me growing up. I learned a lot in putting this together and that I was probably would be the hardest evaluator myself.
In my first grade class this year, I have added a Makerspace area so the students would be able to get creative. I was asked this week to define what my Makerspace area actually is and so I decided to look for different definitions. Rendina (2017) mentions that "A makerspace is a place where students can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials." This is what I want the students to have the opportunities to have in my class. I have had many people just give me things (and I buy things too) over the year and I usually keep them in my closet. I also have gone to a place called The Welman Project. This is a cool place that people can donate things for teachers and non-profit organizations and can pick up things for free! They are into reusing things...
So this past week in Science, we are studying recycling, reducing, and reusing. For their exploring part of teaching, I decided that the students could make a project out of things in the Makerspace area and things that they brought from home. The projects that they came up with were so cool! The pictures are just a few from the week.
For the explaining part of the week, I had the students explain their project and recycling (or reducing or reusing) in ChatterPix. I love their projects and how I am hearing that they are understanding what they are learning in class. Click the button to see the example.
Rendina, D. (2017, October 09). Defining Makerspaces: What the Research Says. Retrieved from http://renovatedlearning.com/2015/04/02/defining-makerspaces-part-1/
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.