#Self-Assessment

End of the semester:

1. How well do you feel you met these expectations this semester?
I have made a strong and continued effort to truly understand and implement the six principles into my blog and my classroom. Reading the blogs of my classmates has aided me in understand more about connected learning. On a daily basis I read their blogs and focus on areas of weakness for me and come out with a better understanding, Throughout my #F5F, I have highlighted other resources that have been helpful throughout my connected learning journey. Every week I have found ways to relate to the articles, videos and connected learning text. All of these resources made my reflections on my weekly blogs easier to blog about. And finally, my final make, that is going to hopefully be a “big move” towards connected learning will take off next year. At first there were a million ideas going through my mind about creating this final make. But, in reality, I had to pick something real-life and meaningful. And I think my multicultural event plan exhibits the six principles and has potential to be really successful! Students, staff and community members will work together, therefore 21st-century learning will be evident and equitable!

2. Where do you think you could have improved?
I think that there are always areas in life where I can improve. I think, like I mentioned mid-semester, that I could comment and react more towards my classmates’ writing. I would have liked more feedback and in return I should have been giving them more feedback. It’s not too late for me to continue to follow their journeys through connected learning on social media, therefore I am making a point of following them on Twitter as well as bookmarking their blogs in hopes that they continue sharing!

3. How do your successes and reflections on improvement inform your connected learning and teaching moving forward?
One week I blogged about the power of inquiry. So, why stop there? I think I am going to create new inquiry questions and utilize the blogs of others to help me continue to be successful as well as continue to reflect. My final make supports my own work and will serve as a constant reminder that seeking equity in the classroom is the goal, so how am I going to continue to reach this goal? Other educators and bloggers are my resources.

4. What else do you want me to consider when assessing your participation over the past semester?
I think I did what I was supposed to do. Just last night I reflected upon this class at dinner with my family. For so many years (undergrad and grad) I have “performed” for my professor in a paper or presentation. It wasn’t until this class that I had to “perform” for others. And I have to admit it was kind of scary. I was allowing myself to be vulnerable and let others, like me, read and analyze and criticize my work. I put my thoughts out there on my blog. I am proud of the work I did. As graduate students, juggling work and life, we strive to do our best. Blogging is a whole world and thank you for allowing us to create this new world for most of us.

Mid-semester:

1. How well do you feel you met the participation expectations for ED677 this semester?
I feel like I have done a great job meeting the participation expectations. I think that there is a lot to read, but the great amount provides a great amount of insight. Connected learning to still very new to me and the readings, videos and weekly blogging are truly helping me get a grasp on the concept. I actively blog about the readings and provide a #F5F every week.

2. Where do you think you could have improved?
I think that I can do a better job responding and commenting to my classmates. I read their posts weekly. but I can do a better job and dig deeper into what they have to say. This is something I would like from them.

3. How do your successes and reflections on improvement inform your connected learning and teaching moving forward?
I think that if I read more of what my classmates are writing about and ask them more questions it will only broaden my knowledge of connected learning, help me to stay connected as well as encourage me to remain connected.

4. What else do you want me to consider when assessing your participation over the past semester?
I think that personally I need more feedback. Am I on the right track? Am I really understanding the concepts that are mentioned in the class? Are my ideas realistic or demonstrating an understanding about connected learning? For so many classes I (we) are used to performing for our professor. In this course we are sharing with a larger audience.

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