Thursday, October 29, 2009

Reflection: EDU 6712

I have had many revelations while teaching new literacy skills to my students. The most striking one I can recall is the fact that most of my students know more about this topic than I do. When it comes to finding information, putting it into some kind of presentation and presenting it to the class, my students can do it very quickly and usually pretty effectively. My job is to help them refine their skills, but for the most part, they know where to go and what to look for.

The knowledge I gained from this course and from my students during this course has influenced me to become more fluent in new literacy skills. I realized that I need to be as good at these skills if not better than my students. I will also use more of these skills in my teaching in the future to not only refine my skills, but to also make my students skills better.

One professional development goal I would like to pursue is using different tools to present information. Currently, I use Power Point for most of my notes in class, and even though that is better than just typing them up in a Word document, it seems to not be enough to keep my students attention. I really need to learn how to do more with different types of technology. One way that I can learn more is to take advantage of local television stations offering classes on the uses of different types of technology.