EDTech 504 Reflective Learning Log
I am here at Boise State to learn and further my career as an educator and media content creator. Every reading, every lesson, and every paper I see as an opportunity to grow. The most important thing I learned in this class was that methods of instruction as well as the structure itself of schools must be based in educational theory. This may sound as if it’s an obvious outcome or something I should already know but if I did, I didn’t really understand the importance. My teaching has always come from my feelings about how students learn. Yes, I had theory courses in my credentialing program but I treated the theory as things I had to learn, not as knowledge that should serve as a foundation for my teaching. Theory was for academics, not practitioners, I thought.
Through reflecting on my ignorance of the importance of theory to practice I came to understand in myself a limiting and re-occuring pattern in many of my endeavors. I jump in. I don’t respect theory or understood practice, and I am forever a novice. My skills reach a plateau and I am never able to move up. I become disenchanted and move on to something else. Repeat.
I did it with this class. I rolled my eyes at the fact that I had to take a “theory” course. I was not engaged. I powered through the readings at first and absorbed little. I pushed out mediocre efforts on the research and the annotated bibliography. Then I pushed through most of the rough draft of the paper and somewhere in the process of reading through my reference papers and putting words onto paper I had the idea that the theories I was learning about were screaming at me to build the school that I wanted to build. I don’t have the school completely figured out, it’s just been a feeling that a new way of teaching and learning must be possible and is overdue. Constructivism and Constructionism are the basis for what I wanted to create but I didn’t have the right or the ability to put the ideas into practice until they were based in the research and theory.
My synthesis paper on Constructionism Applied to Future Learning Environments developed many of the indicators in AECT Standards 1, 2, and 3 on content knowledge and content pedogogy. The selection and using of theory to select technological resources met many of the standards in those two sections. My Learning Theories Paper, my Annotated Bibliography, as well as my rough draft were all done with the intent to construct the synthesis paper.