Regarding my innovation project of blended learning, I was able to implement the plan the fall of last year. Throughout the year I made several changes and continued to build upon the course modules. Next year we will be using different curriculum, so most likely the lesson videos I created, I will have to start from scratch. I have set goals next year to add more differentiation for students. This will include more flexibility and choice for students when conducting assignments. Creating these menus is quite time-consuming, but I am hopeful that I will accomplish these goals. I will be attending training this summer, to learn how other teachers have provided more opportunities for their students using technology. In addition, I will be using more technology websites, such as flipgrid, and nearpod. I have found that students can get quite bored without constantly revising and using different technology platforms.
What worked the best was providing a student-centered environment for students to work at their own pace. Implementing this way of learning allowed students to be more engaged, and improved student’s behavior. This model also allowed me to work with small groups of students or individually. To improve on my plan, I will continue to build more relevant projects and videos for students to use. This can be time-consuming especially because I am the only teacher on campus with these courses. So little by little I will build on the courses in Canvas, the LMS that our district uses.
I learned that you should never be stagnant no matter the what career you are pursuing. Through this master’s program, I have realized that I had become complacent with my teaching. This past year, the professional learning networks, research, and building my innovation plan have encouraged me to keep up with the changes in education. I want to be committed to being a life-long learner and continue to teach other educators new skills. In addition to improving my innovation plan, I want to be more active in sharing ideas. I want to improve my digital footprint, by using social media as a tool for other teachers. A few years ago, I had often posted my classroom projects on Twitter, to share with other teachers but have since let that lapse. I have realized the importance of sharing ideas and communicating with other educators.