Something I have learned throughout my learning process of doing these blog posts is to pay attention to the small things when making observations. In all four of my blog posts each of my observations seem like very small things that I had just happened to take notice to. I feel as though they seem like small things they impact the classroom greatly. For example, when reflecting back on my past blog posts specifically post 4, when reading it you might think that children having a lot of energy is not a big deal in the classroom. When you think about how using that energy as an advantage it makes sense. I would not have come to this conclusion if I was not observing the small things.
At the beginning of this project I was not really thinking about how the question would really affect my audience. I was always just trying to come up with something general that would link to my observation. In the process of this project I was able to learn how to use the question to engage my audience and make them think on a higher level. The way I found to do so was by asking rhetorical questions with many possible answers. This would interest the audience and make them want to find out more about what I’m talking about. For example, in my last post I felt as though it was the best possible question for this topic that I could have used. I feel as though it allows the audience to think about how they would answer it in their head and then be even more interested about what I would say to see if it matched some of their thoughts.
This is one area that I have always struggled in when writing. I always just googled everything and used random websites to find my information. I never really thought about the credibility or how reliable the information is. During this project I was able to become more familiar and comfortable with using the database and looking for scholarly articles. I was also able to learn how to correctly use a hyperlink so that the audience is able to find more information on the topic as well.
This area of my blog posts was my favorite part to write. It allowed me to think about everything that I had researched and wrote and tie it all together. With each time of practicing this area I feel as though I got better each time. When looking at my blog post 1, I feel as though I didn’t write very much for the reflection part and it left a lot of loose ends. If I would have done this part the right way to begin with it would have made my posts make a lot more sense to the audience and not just a lot of facts and opinions just written out.
Although I am already familiar with how to do a blog post this project taught me how to engage the audience which is hard to do with written material. This project also made me aware of MU Blogs, which I did not know existed before this point. I feel as though I should have branched out and tried a podcast of something like that, but I do like the knowledge I have gained on writing a blog post from this project.
If I were to experience the R2P project again I would probably not do a blog post for every one of my posts. I would try to branch out and try something different to gain that extra knowledge on something I’m not very familiar with doing.
Something that I am taking away from this assignment is the importance of observing, research, and reflection. By doing these things you are able to find things in the classroom that could be better, do research on how to do so, and them make the changes. This process will make me as a teacher stand out from others because I am constantly looking for things that I can improve to help the students learn better.
Really take this project seriously and don’t put it off. The content that you can learn from doing this assignment is a lot.