The Domino Effect
Reading this chapter, it kept bringing to mind dominoes. Maybe not the standard games we are used to, but the dominoes that are popular on YouTube. The designs that are intricately laid for hours- days even, just to be knocked down to create a beautiful (and strangely satisfying!) design, like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lo6x4eulY9g
The “domino effect” has a reputation for being known for one domino falling and causing a chain reaction. When it comes to reflection, there are two different domino effects happening. There are the pre and post domino effects, if you will.
The pre-domino effect is your reflection, when you are setting up your dominos. You think of your teaching as it is now, from each aspect, like the ones provided in the book: your personality, class size, grade, subjects you teach, culture of class, discipline and so on. Each of those topics is a domino that you are setting up. And from those guiding aspects in the book, you may reflect on topics that weren’t mentioned, but are related to what was mentioned. Even more dominoes in your design. You can also have a completely unrelated topic that you reflect on because it is relevant to you as a teacher, your school philosophy, or your students. Again, more dominoes. While you are reflecting, you also need to reflect on your goals-personal and professional. Are you meeting them? Do they need to adjust? Are your goals correct for what you want/are trying to accomplish?
Once your dominoes are set up, and you set the wheels in motion to try and meet your goals, or improve what you reflected on, that is when the post-domino effect happens. Each step, or domino falling can be easy, or there can be some corners, where you aren’t sure it will fall into place to make the next domino fall. But, when you get to the end and all of the dominoes have fallen, that is where you see the change and the big picture. Not only for yourself, but for your students. The beautiful design takes shape!
So with that lengthy description of dominoes and reflection, take some time to reflect on the topics that are brought up to be considered in this chapter. I have template that has a section for each of the headings that was brought up in this chapter. You don’t have to answer all of them. You can even cover topics that are not in the chapter. It’s about you and your classroom.
As for your goals, I will have a section for this. It can be one goal or five. They can be strictly professional, or include some personal goals as well.
TO POST YOUR ASSIGNMENT: Since there is a large group this year, and for management purposes, instead of just uploading an assignment, you will also "categorize" it. This is very easy. It is simply an extra check box while uploading your document. I have some step by step instructions with screenshotsHERE. There will be more categories as more assignments are added. Your assignment will still appear in the general content tab, but I can click on the week's folder and see everyone's assignment in one space. It also helps if you want to read other participant's assignments.