While enrolled in EDU 6132 we had the opportunity to work on multiple group projects. These projects gave us the ability to collaborate, critique, and connect with our colleagues. I believe that my greatest take aways from this class spurred from my group project work and have really opened my eyes to what can be accomplished when people work together. The program standard that I believe fits this kind of take away would be 8.2.
8.2 Growing and Developing Professionally: Teacher welcomes feedback from colleagues when made by supervisors or when opportunities arise through professional collaboration.
To me this standard means to welcome critique and collaboration in all that you do, in hopes to improve what was already great making it even better! Within this class we had the opportunity to complete the Theory to Practice Project, which entailed groups to gather all of the information that we had learned within the class and put it into presentation form. There were multiple phases to this project. Each phase would have us complete it by ourselves. and then join in group collaboration to create a final for the phase. This is an example of one of these phases with my individual work alongside our final.
As you can see the final project is much different from what I had done individually, and without a doubt is much improved. This evidence shows that when minds are put together great things can come from it. From this experience I have found that if each member of a team is heard, as well as open to others ideas, something amazing can achieved. This is a copy of what we created for our project!
When I entered into this class and I saw that there were going to be multiple group projects, I was hesitant to agree that this tactic would enhance my individual learning; but boy was I wrong. Through this project I not only learned so much from the minds of Pressley, McCormick, and Medina, but have also learned so much from my team. Group work may take a little longer and may also require a little bit more patience, but the final product reveals its ultimate pay off. When teaching I would love to give my students the opportunity for group work. I want students to see the benefits that it can have on their learning. I believe that students should not only practice this form of learning, but also understand why group work is so important. In the future one thing that I will have definitely do in my classroom is make sure that all groups members are actively participating. Participation was not a problem in my group but when talking to others in the class some were frustrated with lack of communication. So in hopes to change this before starting group work I will put great importance on communication and equal share.