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Closing Time

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

                        Matthew 7:7

To God be the glory! The wisdom, knowledge and provision comes from God, without Him, I can’t do anything.

This course awaken my understanding on learning theories. It aroused my curiosity and it’s worth studying.  It is not easy to be a student but being a teacher is more difficult than I thought. I know this is just a beginning of my journey.  I’m excited to pursue and learn more about being an educator someday.I was threatened  on the first part of the course, but it turned into motivation to decide to go on. I thought that not all were given a chance to study.  So why am I to stop, it is fulfilling but tempting to quit during the course of the study. Yes! Finally, I completed the course just in time.

I am happy that I learned a lot on making my ejournal, doing my assignment and reading a lot of materials.

And now, as I closed, I will reflect on what went right and what went wrong during the course of my study. A “reflective learner” for the mean time. Then, continue on my online learning journey until I completed the program.

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eJournal Epistemology.

My epistemic belief is that knowledge is understanding on facts and complicated network of concepts (organization of knowledge). Knowledge is clear and certain, because those are propositional knowledge (certainty of knowledge).  It is not something that was inborn to a child but it is something acquired through the years as one physically growing as well (control) and it requires effort to gain knowledge. Hence, it can be acquired through gradual process (speed of learning).

When I was incoming Grade 5, my parents enrolled me into a school manage by a foreigner. So I guessed they adopted a different approach in student’s learning. I was excited on the start of our class. But it turned out to be a disappointment when I found out that my level was not for grade 5, it was grade 3.  I felt insecure because I was demoted on what should be my grade level. But we were advised, that depending on our speed to learn and capability to acquire what was thought, we can be promoted into next level.  They designed the program in such a way that progress really depends on student’s ability to acquire the knowledge and passed an aptitude test based on grade level. It was a self-paced learning with minimal guidance from our teacher. I just have to follow the workbook and complete tasks assignments. Teacher is there to guide and explain things that we don’t know. But it was done individually by our teacher.

It was hard for me to adjust since I came from a traditional teacher-centered approach. Adding to it is my disappointment that I was demoted to lower grade. But now, I realized that I am into gradual acquisition of knowledge. That we have different speed on learning things and acquiring knowledge. That if those knowledge were well programmed, strategize and laid down structurally, I can learn on my own pace.

It was a good experience and reinforces my epistemic beliefs especially on my effort to acquire knowledge based on my own capacity and speed.

My Final Words

Before taking this program, my thought about teaching profession is all about preparing lesson plan every day, then conducting lectures, giving assignments, quizzes, and exams to measure what they’ve got from the lecture. Also, they need to keep on learning in order to progress in their career and somehow update their teaching materials. On the soft side of teaching profession is a passionate, understanding and people-person human being, whom was admired and honored by their students. Well, that’s my view – a traditional teaching profession where I was grown up and developed.

 

I am an accounting graduate and would like to shift career to teaching. I believe I can teach because I am doing that with my kids and we enjoyed learning together. But taking this profession, I know I need to study the concepts and principles in teaching. This will enable me to be ready in teaching with confidence and competence as well. Teaching in formal education requires formal education also.  The teaching principles and concepts help me to better understand what’s in it in teaching and what would I expect in this work eventually.

 

There are some remarkable concepts and principles that I just learned from this subject. Teaching should not be a routine boring work that one cannot progress anymore as I saw in my mother in law. Teacher should be always be reflective. As teacher keep assessing his students’ development, he should also keep assessing himself on his teaching profession and practices. Teacher must be reflective, creative and by nature should be lover of continuous learning. Unless a teacher is passionate to learn new things, he cannot update himself to recent developments and he cannot meet the challenges of 21st century educational system.

 

Innovation are here and there, in every aspects of our life, so with teaching profession. Teachers are preparing students to be college and career ready in a globally competitive environment. That’s the challenge of 21st century. Given that, teachers’ passion to continuous learning should be his nature. Hence, he should have been taking continuously a professional development programs and has a professional learning community to keep him abreast of latest approaches/strategies in teaching. This requires a good support from the government and school administration to make any of the programs effective for teachers.

 

Aside from being reflective, taking professional development, it’s remarkable also the shift from teacher-centered to student-centered approach. I was amazed on how it was implemented in other countries, as I have not experienced that here in the Philippines. I wish I was still that type of students, where I was given opportunity to explore and discover for myself that knowledge and add ideas to it. I loved that approach, but as a teacher, I find it hard to implement as I need to be creative and expert on that subject areas. But that’s why they are senior teachers/mentors who can help someone newbies on teaching arena.

 

After this subject course, I need to reflect, if I can really take this teaching profession wholeheartedly. I get a bit interested on approaches and practices but quite challenge on what is needed from me to really be successful in this profession. But I believe, I should propel on my interests rather than on the foreseen challenges.

 

If I will be given opportunity to be a professional teacher, I would like to adapt student-centered approach and would be an active agent for teaching professionalism and development. So help me, God.

 

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Motivation to Successful Learning

Motivation is what keep us to be persistent in our pursuits or goals in life. It’s the same thing in our learning journey.  Our motivation to learn, gain knowledge and acquire skills could spell the word success. It keeps us on our high momentum to keep going despite of all odds. 

There are a lot of true to life stories around the world where motivation keeps one individual reach their goals.  The motivation is to keep focus on reaching goals despite obstacles or failures should I say. It is very inspiring stories that everyone keep on citing it. Example is Abraham Lincoln who did failed in eight presidential elections before he became president of the United States. In the Philippines, a story of our people champ Manny Pacquiao, who was once an ordinary poor man who tried boxing, and motivated to pursue his boxing career. Well good enough, he did make a history in boxing and he became rich as well.

Those were inspiring stories. On teaching practices, there are four major perspectives on motivation — the behavioral, humanistic, cognitive, and social views. Putting these perspectives in teaching practices could help a lot in motivating a student in his learning journey.  For example, in behavioral perspective, providing rewards to a students can help him/her strive for more or giving some form of punishments can prevent someone from doing negative things again and again.   In humanistic perspective however, views man as a “whole person” and considers all his physical, emotional, intellectual, and aesthetic needs. Thus, with a humanist view of motivation, the learner’s environment should be be characterized by a positive, nurturing climate. While for cognitive perspective, human behavior is influenced by people’s beliefs and expectations about themselves and their environment. Self-worth theory is one of motivation theories under cognitive perspective. An individual may define his self worth on his achievement in school by getting excellent grades, so he is motivated to studying harder and extra mile compared to other student with different motivation style. Lastly, in social perspective, it emphasizes observation and imitation. It says that an individual who are admired motivate others towards the same behaviors. This could be seen on successful adult within the family, let’s say a parent did hardly studying during their school days and had a good career, this can motivates a child to do the same.

I have a personal experience on how I was motivated on my studies during my childhood days.  My grandfather always motivate us to study hard and pursue our dreams. Because he never even graduated in elementary due to financial constraints and everyday life for him and the family was so hard.  He told his hardship just to make something for their living because he did not want us to experience the same. For us to realize this hardship, one day he gathered all of his grandchildren of almost same age to plant corn on the field.  We were taught how to plant corn. We did plant corn from early morning until dawn. It was very tiring experience. After that planting experience, he asked us our experience. He also keep telling us, how long are we going to wait to make those corn a money for them spend for their everyday life. We admired our grandfather for that hardship and his motivation us to do the same, but in our studies to have a better future. I think that’s a motivation based on social perspective.

Therefore, I believe, wherever we came from, if we are well motivated in our learning journey, we can spell SUCCESS!

Co-construction of Knowledge in the life of the Learner

Constructivist views that knowledge are constructed rather than just recording of information and the process of knowing is a gradual progression. Learning is the source of construction of knowledge. It could happen everywhere and most especially in formal education.

In formal education, teachers continuously on improving his teaching practices that could help students in the co-construction of knowledge in their mind. Nowadays, teacher centered instruction is not anymore encouraged but student-centered instead, where students can do exploratory work to discover and co-construct knowledge. It became more interesting and motivating to students life-long learning.

There are two approaches in this construction of  knowledge in the life of the learner. The first one is cognitive approach which emphasizes learner’s cognitive construction of knowledge and understanding. Jean Piaget is popularly known for this work. The other approach is social constructivist popularized by Lev Vygotsky where the emphasize is on collaboration in the production of knowledge and understanding.

These two approaches could really help a teacher in the co-construction of knowledge in the life of a learner.  It looks difficult at a start, but as I went along studying it, it is interesting and easy to follow. As a matter of fact, I am applying those approaches when I am teaching my two kids.

Truly, I agree that knowledge are co-constructed if not totally constructed, rather than just recording of information. It is better way to achieve’s life-long learning in the the life of a learner.

Effective Teaching amidst Culture Diversity

One of the issues that school administration encounters are about cultural diversity. School somehow unconsciously neglect the freedom of each student to learn regardless of the environment  and culture they came from. I believe teachers must respect and understand the nature and style each student.  They are the first one to accommodate and resolve such differences.  There is a need for pedagogical approaches that helps in educating students’ with diverse culture.  These students may have varying culture, language, abilities and many other characteristics.  Teachers need to educate them all irregardless of their differences(Gollnick & Chinn, 2002) but the approach should be respectful and not unconsciously hurting anyone.

There is a teaching practice called “Specific Activities for culturally Responsive” (Banks & Banks, 2004; Gay, 2000; Ladson-Billings, 1994; Nieto, 1999) instruction which may occur during shaping the knowledge of student. This can happen by acknowledging student differences as well as their commonalities as student at the start of the class. Teacher must somehow have a background information of each of his students. From here, teacher can define his approach and response which respects ethnic or racial uniqueness. Like what I remembered during my school days, at the start of our class, one of my classmates hates to seat in front and we don’t know the reason.  We keep pushing him to seat in front and our teacher stops us.  As I observed him, he has a very low morale and I found out that he is from the native group of the land. Probably our teacher knew that before the start of the class and do not want to put any spirit of discrimination or whatsoever, that’s why our teacher just let him choose his seat for a start.

Adapting to everyone’s culture or cultural diversity in teaching are very significant, this helps motivates the learner in his engagement to life-long learning. As educator, we should understand the concept of groups within the society. This helps us learn and understand each students’ responses not only at the start but within the course of his learning. Understanding them individually and addressing each of their specific needs in learning makes a teacher an effective one!

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Time to Learn and Be Reflective

                          Time to Learn and Be Reflective

Educational system nowadays are keeping pace to what is expected from them by the 21st century skills.  It lies on whole educational system in developing students’ that are career ready.  So, teacher plays a vital role in achieving this as he is the major agent in that expectation. Given that, there is no doubt that teachers today are more striving for improvement on their teaching profession.  It is eminent for them to model continuous learning.  And I believe it was inculcated in their mind when they started this profession. They cannot keep on teaching if they cannot feed themselves of new things or practices.

As John F. Kennedy said “the greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds.” It is about continuing professional development of an individual. For teachers with major role in learner’s development, continuous learning and improvement on his base knowledge is crucial.  There are four fundamental aspects in teacher professional development. One of these is integrated theory and practical experience, as teacher he is still the subject matter expert of what he is teaching. He keeps himself updated with recent developments on his subject area, both in theory and practical ways that learner can fully understand the subject. The other aspect is on strong mentoring and ongoing support, this is especially true and needed by new teachers (those with 5 years teaching experience or less). We all learned from seniors who have gone through a lot on teaching. It builds our confidence to in our teaching profession. The last aspect is about self-assessment and reflection.  We will keep on improving ourselves if we are open to assess ourselves, being a reflective teacher.