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ePortfolio – An ongoing project

As my current class ends, I am taking the time to reflect on my learning over the last five weeks. I have really enjoyed creating this ePortfolio. I have learned from looking at those created by other people and getting feedback from fellow classmates on my own portfolio. Walking through required pages with my professor was additionally helpful. The COVA method is something I will incorporate into as many aspects of my career as possible. (Go back to this blog post to read more about COVA). I’ve implanted portions of the COVA method in class before, but haven’t had great success. After this class, I have a better understanding of how to empower students to take ownership of their learning and allow to make choices in regards to their learning.

I have gained many resources during the class, including professional learning networks, authors, and speakers I wasn’t before aware of. This includes Margaret Heffernan, Clt Alt Achieve, and Christine Pinto. I am grateful to my classmates for sharing their knowledge.

I will continue to use my ePortfolio to reflect on and share my learning; soliciting feedback from my peers with next steps and other advice. As I move into my new role as an instructional coach, many of the posts will be in response to my learning while I learn best methods to assist teachers in becoming the best math teachers they can be. Other posts will reflect my professional learning experiences, either provided by myself or about those I attended.

Reflection on experience and learning facilitates deep processing, which allows you to retain information for a long time - as opposied to simply cramming it in your brain and promptly fThere are several articles that explain how daily reflection helps one grow professionally and personally. For instance, Hannah Hamilton writes about a Harvard study in her article “The 15-Minute-a-Day Habit that Can Boost Your Career” explaining that taking 15 minutes at the end of each work day to reflect on the day’s activities improves work performance. This is because writing a reflection causes one to focus and process their days to find patterns and associate actions to specific results. The study did not ask participants to specifically give positive or negative reflections, just reflections. I think this is important. I have grown the most from my most critical reflections, specifically in the area of math and now in my master’s program as I realize there is still so much I do not know.

I hope to continue to grow my audience and keep the current audience I have following my blog. Dr. Harapnuik on his very helpful page “How to Create Your Eportofolio,” suggests committing to scheduled contributions. My plan is to post a minimum of once of week, with the goal of posting on Fridays or Saturdays depending on my family’s busy schedule. My excitement about continuing this project mostly stems from the collaboration this platform allows. I hope people reach out with suggestions, comments, and questions.

References

Hamilton, H. (n.d.). The 15-minute-a-day habit that can boost your career. Retrieved from https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/habit-that-can-boost-your-career

Harapnuik, D. (n.d.). How to create your eportfolio. Retrieved from http://www.harapnuik.org/?page_id=6065

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