Standard 11 Metareflection: Inquiry/Research: [EDU 6975 Ed. Research I & EDU 6976 Ed. Research II]

Standard 11 Inquiry/Research: Competently consumes and produces where necessary empirical data to guide educational practice. The major goal of EDU 6975 [Ed Research I] was to provide students with an overview of research terms and concepts coupled with practical experience writing the first four sections of a research paper. Through this process, I gained a […]

Standard 10 MetaReflection: Technology

Standard 10 Technology: Integrates current technology into instruction and professional communication/collaboration activities where appropriate. Before I began the Curriculum and Instruction program, I took an online six-credit Web 2.0 class; this was my first introduction to online learning and I was nervous that I would find the online environment difficult to navigate without direct instructor […]

Standard 9 Meta-reflection: Cultural Sensitivity [EDU 6525 Culturally Responsive Teaching]

Standard 9 Cultural Sensitivity: Establishes a culturally inclusive learning climate that facilitates academic engagement and success for all students. This class proved to be one of the more challenging of my M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction program, not because of any inherent difficulty with my understanding of content or concepts but due more to […]

Standard 12 Meta-Reflection: Professional Citizenship [EDU 6120 American Education: Past and Present; EDU 6085 Moral Education]

Standard 12 Professional citizenship Willingly engages in dialogue that transcends the individual classroom, taking informed, coherent positions on important matters of educational policy and practice. There are two courses that provided me the opportunity to stretch my thinking about education beyond the four walls of my classroom; Moral Education and American Education: Past and Present. […]

Standard 6 & 7 Metareflection: Communication & Collaboration [EDU 6600: Communication and Collaboration]

Standard 6 Communication: Communicates regularly and effectively with colleagues, parents, and students through a variety of mediums.  Standard 7 Collaboration: Cooperates with other professionals to bridge gaps between schools and community and between departments/disciplines within schools.   Learning about teacher leadership through EDU 6600: Communication and Collaboration has provided me the theoretical background from which […]

Autonomy, Egalitarianism and Deference to Authority

“Blaming school problems on children’s characteristics, lack of resources, politics, societal conditions, and myriad other issues simply incapacitates our efforts to achieve substantive transformation of schools” (McCabe & McCarthy, p. 206). This quotation from chapter 20 of the Hilty reading really lays it out on the table; in order to effect lasting, measureable change in […]

Collaboration Through Peer Review

I have to admit that I’ve never been fond of peer reviewing other students’ projects; it’s time consuming, tedious and distracts me from focusing on my own work. When I receive peer feedback, the comments oftentimes lacked depth and a critical eye for assignment detail. At least, I use to feel this way about peer […]