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Reflections Ch. 6

Posted by Katie Wood Jun 29, 2018

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.

Awareness & Desire

Posted by Katie Wood Jun 20, 2018

Let progress, not perfection, feed your desire to improve.

 

This week, you will want to answer Discussion Post 1- Ch 4 & 5  first. Those questions will help get you in the mindset for this assignment.

 

After evaluating your “WHY,” did you have any feelings of desire? Desire to be a better educator? Desire because you had strayed away from your why? Desire to try something different when school starts in the fall? A sense of accomplishment because you are living into those desires/goals (either some or all)?

 

In Chapter 5, Wade and Hope talk about the three zones of organizational psychology: Comfort, Creative, and Panic. Think about it like the target below. The green comfort zone is where we feel, well the most comfortable. It is “safe,” and what we are used to. It is big because it is the easiest target for us to hit personally. The blue creative zone is where we try new things that we are still pretty comfortable with, but it may not be something that we typically do. It’s still a fairly large target because when we have the motivation, passion, and enthusiasm, we can pretty easily hit it. The red panic zone is where you feel overwhelmed, and as the Kings put it, “The stressed out emoji on your phone keyboard makes a frequent appearance in your text messages.” (p. 58)

 

The area is pretty small, because we don’t want to live here. As a teacher, and even more so as an ag teacher, we can get overwhelmed and have anxiety from so much that goes on in and out of the classroom. Sadly, sometimes that panic zone grows to be the largest zone, and can cause teachers to leave the profession.

 

While it is a part of life to live in all three zones at different points in life, we want to focus on comfort and creative. But what can we do as educators to take the situations or ideas that cause us to panic and make them more palatable in the creative zone?

 

This week use the attached document to evaluate your desires as a teacher. Where do they land on the target? What are your ideas to make those desires a reality when class starts in the fall? Is there something in the panic zone that you want to make more accessible in the creative zone? I have attached my target as an example. Keep in mind, mine will look a little different, because I am not in the classroom.

 

Pre-service Teacher? Think about what you feel comfortable with before entering the classroom. What are you not comfortable with and want to learn?

 

 

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 screenshots HERE. 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.
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The Game of Life

Posted by Katie Wood Jun 12, 2018

Coincidentally, my favorite board game growing up was The Game of Life. I loved the different career paths you could choose, and I always hoped to draw the Farmhouse from “Euell B. Milken Realty.” I also always hoped to retire in Millionaire Estates (isn’t that the dream?).

 

After reading the first few pages of Chapter One, we see a description of Wade and Hope’s childhoods and how they are very different. The essay that they refer to about life actually not being like Monopoly can make you take pause. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all started in the same space at the same level, and be assured that extra $200 as we pass GO? Yes, but that is not reality for our students or for us.

 

However, in this book club space, we are all starting at the same place. We are starting at page one together. But, before we delve in, let’s meet our players!

 

If you could design your own game piece or player from any game (digital/board/certain card character) to represent you, which would it be? What game is it from? Why that specific one? Or, do you have a character that is all your own (plot twist!)?

 

Please share a picture of the piece and a short explanation, or link a video as a comment to this post.

 

Katie's Game piece:

Katie Gamepiece Intro - YouTube