Past and Future Teaching

Before, my view towards teaching is that I need to find the most efficient approach to the learning of my students. Before I have no idea what constructivism is, all I know is that I have to show the process, allow them to do this and that so that they would realize that they are actually doing the concept being discussed.

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Figure 1. Plato doing dialogue.

I start my class with dialogues, we discuss the previous lesson and I ask them questions which is relevant to the lesson. I also ask them of their realization towards the topic.

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Figure 2. Tree of Knowledge

Then I would allow them to develop their own understanding towards the topic or concept. I also realized that whenever I am teaching, I am also learning. Whenever we had a class, Our Tree of Knowledge is growing.

Nowadays, that I am studying different contemporary approaches in teaching, I came to realize that I’ve been doing constructivism from the very beginning wherein it only started with the thought that I want them to get involve in learning, because that is what Plato and Socrates are doing, they involve students in learning and achieving higher understanding.

My perspective doesn’t change during my studies, It just improved and magnified my perspectives in teaching also aligned my goal in teaching. Among the contemporary approaches in teaching, I really want to apply constructivism and the involvement of social interaction in learning because it suits the subjects I am teaching, which is science. In science we often do laboratory and field works where the students would always be involved.

However, I won’t stick in one contemporary approaches in teaching because every student is different from one another, I would often reflect after applying an approach so that I would know what approach is effective for them or what approach suits them.

Different contemporary approaches in teaching will serve as my weapons and arms in honing their wholeness. Because I won’t only be dealing with their intellects, but also in their social and emotional assets also with the main goal of honing the future leaders of this country.

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Figure 3. Einstein

Albert Einstein aside from being a Physicist, he is also a Professor, a teacher…

According to his theory of relativity, time and space is relative and are connected with each other.

So as the teacher and his students

I’ll be the teacher, also a molecular biologist who could relatively connect with my students πŸ™‚

Teaching Knowledge and Technology

Being a teacher has a lot of responsibilities.

A teacher should have a level of mastery about his or her subject. Because if a teacher lacks in mastery of the subject, a teacher would have a problem imparting knowledge of that subject to the students.

Now in terms of imparting knowledge, a teacher must different teaching style and approaches for him or her to impart knowledge efficiently. If the subject requires practice then the teacher must engage his or her student in activities. If the subject requires visualization, the teacher must use technology or illustrations to allow the student to visualize what is being taught.

A teacher must also know his student and the learning environment, A teacher must know his or her students to further diagnose their needs, because every student has their own needs and proper treatment. A teacher must also learn of the students to know their situation and would probably help in giving assessment on the students. Learning environment must also be checked to know what kind of society, the students are into. Learning the environment would also make the learning process efficient as the teacher would know where can all this knowledge can be applied and seen in real life.

Educational ends, teacher should know the purpose of his or her teachings, and that is to make the students better citizen and future leaders.

Innovation and technological knowledge, learning can also be applied with technology to aid the students in learning, in the past centuries, we use the traditional books and pens to learn. But with the developing technology we could now use computer generated graphic designs, letting the students visualize the things being taught, or we could simply use statistical software wherein it could make statistical analysis faster showing the relationship or variables in an instance.

Through Technology we could also use simulators to learn the more practical knowledge such as flying an airplane, maneuvering spacecrafts and others.

Teaching would never be the same in the last centuries, it would be more advance as technology develops.

Who knows we could learn physics in a matrix-like computer generated world.

Professional Teacher

Before I do believe that Professionalism means you are paid for what you are doing. However, that is not the exact meaning of professionalism. Upon studying the modules, I learned that a Professional should have AUTONOMY towards his/her profession. In the case of Teachers since they have supervisors or school head, they somehow appear semi-professional due to lack of AUTONOMY. If we are going to look at it closely, Teachers are still Professional because they are paid for what they are doing and has autonomy towards their teaching style. Yes, they might have supervisors or department heads but inside the classroom teachers they have AUTONOMY.

In the future, I want to be a teacher who won’t stop expanding his knowledge, who’ll have collaboration research, open minded for suggestion and changes, and have AUTONOMY.

I will be a teacher who will hold onto his Honor and Conviction to guide the new generations.

Apply Critical Reflection in Teaching

Before, I often do reflection towards my teaching strategy and style, if it isn’t working then I’ll put some revisions. During those days I didn’t knew that, what I am exactly doing is reflecting. During high school we often do reflection after the gospel taught to us by our catechist, and taught me the meaning of reflection is by simply relating to a past experience or scenario.Β  However the definition of reflection is deeper than that. Reflection when mastered could actually help you improve your craft, strategy, and skills. Reflection is not simply having a thought of why did I do that or why did it happen.

After studying the modules, I learned that self-reflection isn’t enough or even unreliable, there should be more evidences than from yourself. Evidences can be gathered through your autobiography, opinion of your students, comments of your colleagues and the theories or guidelines that you have learned. Reflecting only by yourself is dangerous, it could render you blind.

Reflection is also connected to our mastery of our skills, such as your ability to swim. Everything undergoes the process of learning and development and reflection is a key to progressive learning. As we reflect we became conscious of our competency andΒ  we tend to polish or do something about our incompetency.

My assumption before I read the module is causal, easily uncovered common definition of reflection. However as I read the module, I tend to have a prescriptive to paradigmatic assumption. I could now determine the type of assumption and apply the lenses. Understood and discuss the relationship of Reflection to learning and teaching.

Through critical reflection a teacher could avoid hegemonic assumption. Which degrades the quality of education that a teacher could give.

Through reflection we could make better decisions and avoid repeating our past mistakes.

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Figure 1. Gibb’s Cycle of Reflection.

In Figure 1. we can see that reflection has a process. The process could help us do the right thing and avoid errors.

I’ll be embracing the Principles of Teaching (EDS 111)

1. Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β  My reflection about being an online learner in UPOU, I had fun and I learned a lot from my previous Professors in terms of understanding the development of different curriculum and different types of assessment. Now here’s another course for me to finish, and I am excited to learn the principles of teaching (EDS 111). UPOU makes learning more convenient. πŸ™‚

2.

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Figure 1. Result of My Mindset Test

As part of this introduction to EDS 111, we were asked to take the mindset test (http://mindsetonline.com/testyourmindset). At first I really have no idea about the difference between fixed mindset and growth mindset so I searched through the internet about their difference.

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Figure 2. Difference between Fixed and Growth mindset.

I think my result in the test is pretty positive. πŸ˜€

It might sound funny but throughout the test I remember someone… I remember NARUTO, my favorite anime character, because at the beginning of the anime he’s not that skilled and he is always being bullied for being the dumbest in his class. He never gave up he trained and grind more thus he became the strongest character in the anime.

3.

a. Which aspect of your learning do you need to improve on? Why?

Time management and English reading comprehension, I’m not that good with English and I also have poor time management that I am trying to fix.
b. What will you do differently this term? Why?

I’ll try to give more time, learning and doing the task in every modules πŸ™‚
c. What are your learning goals for this course? How will you achieve these goals?

I want to learn the concepts of teaching, every part of it, every single concepts and mechanism behind teaching. I’ll achieve these goals by reading and searching, I’ll also apply this principles to while teaching πŸ™‚

Theoretical is not enough there should be a practical part..

B. I pledge my commitment to finish this course on time and to learn a lot of things to improve my teaching style for the benefit of my students and my next students, for the good of all Filipinos.

I’ll do this for honor πŸ™‚

I’ll do this to honor and glorify my one true God πŸ™‚

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The end is just the beginning

Principles and Methods of Assessment taught me a lot not only in teaching but also in my daily living as a scientific person.

I designed this eJournal to be my personal eJournal since I do not have one, so I designed an eJournal that I would use to publicized my thoughts of the day and share my ideas. This is one of the things that I would taking home. In the future I might post in this eJournal my thoughts of new assessment or modern forms of assessment that could help my colleagues in science and education. This is not the end; this is just the beginning. true learning can be achieved outside, in our real life situation wherein the principles of assessment could be applied, from the taste of your food, to the smell of your perfume to everything that requires assessment.

Through this course my view of assessment also changed, before I thought assessment only be viewed as quizzes and exams however there are more types of assessment such as non-traditional assessment which are performance based. Also the point of view that assessment is not only locked in a classroom environment but can also be applied in realistic open world.

This is not the end; this is just the beginning. After this course, my assessment would be meaningful, my assessment would yield students or people who are capable of treating the cancer of our beloved country or even the global problems that threatens the existence of Mankind.

My assessment, your assessment and our assessment would live for generations. πŸ™‚

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In the social media world :)

Subconsciously you are giving feedback on something you assessed, it can be your food, the jeepney you just rode, and the environment.

The thing is, do we have the right authority to give the feedback?

In a boxing game who should give their feedback?
The boxing analyst and the boxers themselves, because they know how the game works.

In a court trial who should give their feedback?
The lawyers, judge, and other authorities of law.

In a scientific symposium who should give their feedback?
The science people πŸ™‚

but then in social media, everyone can be a lawyer, a boxing analyst, a scientist and even a president. People would give feedback without thinking, they would say what they want to say even though they do not have enough knowledge on the topic and they would produce negative and invalid feedback.

Everyone could give feedback but then feedback should not destroy the recipient, instead it should help the recipient to improve. Asking feedback on social media is like asking for a stone that you would use to hit your head. One should ask feedback on the authority.