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Blogging and Reflective Practice

May 2013 Final Project for Digital Marathon
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Cynthia Nelson

on 7 April 2013

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Transcript of Blogging and Reflective Practice

USD School of Education A project combining writing
and technology through
on-line reflective blogging
with pre-service teachers... ...in the second of three
field experiences - a week-long
placement with a middle school
teacher in a school somewhere
between Sioux Falls and Sioux City. My students created a blog space
on a personal Google Site. I assigned
each of them to a Professional Learning
Community of 5-6 students. During the internship week, students blogged and reflected about their experience based on a
series of prompts. They
also responded to posts by members of their PLC
while... ...learning to be "reflective practitioners who continually evaluate the effects of their instructional choices and action on others (students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community) and who actively seek out opportunities to grow professionally."
USD School of Education Standards "I have been a big advocate of blogging for teachers, but not until I started doing it myself. Personally, I realized that the time I take to sit down and reflect on what I do, what I read, or what I observe has really helped my own path as an educator and an administrator." "Want to create better teachers? I know how. One word. Blogging…. I've no "data" to prove this but I'm willing to bet my golf clubs that teachers who blog are our best teachers….The basic idea of the PLC is to have teachers share practice/data and work in teams to make improvements. A good blog does this and more." Finally, "Because of their ability to reflect, great teachers know not only what to do, but also why….A disposition toward reflection—and a good sense of when the teacher needs to step back and think deeply—should be part of all teachers' repertoires." And in my role as clinical faculty in the
School of Education, training
future teachers for tomorrow's
classroom, I will continue to look
for ways to make the writing and
technology connection real and visible
as we collaborate in... My students rated this project a 3 on a
5-point scale. Most thought the posts
were "a good reflection of day" and liked
being able to "see what others were doing."
Some felt the prompts were too restrictive,
would prefer to just "journal about the day."
The prompts with stay and I'll continue to
help them understand what true reflection
is all about. George Couros, Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning for Parkland School Division http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/2350 Dean Shareski, Digital Learning Consultant for Prairie South School Division in Saskatchewan, Canada
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dean-shareski/how-to-make-better-teache_b_783392.html Lana M. Danielson, Educational Leadership, Feb. 2009 Cindy Nelson, Clinical Faculty And the research says...
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