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  • Not My Final Contribution to My Learning

    I am scoring myself a 98. My core collaboration team: Allison Palmer: https://www.allison-palmer.org/ Colby Clifford: https://mrscliffnotes.com/ Pedro Beltran: https://pedrobeltran.org Listen to my team and I reflect on what worked for us during these two courses. We discuss what we learned and how we plan to continue to share this journey with the world. I have said this multiple times in multiple different ways, without my team I would not have been as successful as I was or am in this journey and in my life. We brought out the best in each other and allowed each other to work through our struggles to become better learners and leaders. Aside from our weekly meetings, we meet with each other after to go over the material that we had let digest and pondered upon. As a team, we wanted to become better and have the life-changing conversations that we knew each other understood. Pedro always made it clear that he wanted my projects to be better. With his feedforward, I knew he had my best interest at heart. He was able to tell me, “You didn’t work as hard on this creation…go back and try it again.” Allison showed me how to be brave. I saw how she wasn’t afraid to stir the pot at her school regardless of what her other colleagues may have thought or said. I want to use that same bravery when I begin pushing my fellow educators in my grade level. Colby pushed me to work harder every day, even if she didn’t realize it. She has children with multiple extracurricular activities, and still found a way to be great at her own education. I always tried to work just as hard as she did because it was evident that it could absolutely be done. At this point in the program, I knew how vital it was to complete the course readings, videos, and supporting resources. You have to be willing to dive deeper into the material to see the full benefit of it all. What is discussed in our weekly class meetings is only the surface of what I really need to know. I have had to sharpen my organization skills while in this program and specifically in these last two courses. The end of the semester is always a busy time at work with middle-of-the-year assessments and the huge transition kindergarteners face over the break, so making sure I stayed on top of due days was extremely important. Leadership roles within my group seemed to be established early on. We each knew what we were good at and ran with it and when we ran into a roadblock (because there were many) we never hesitated to ask each other for a different outlook. I also participated in my discussions in my courses. I have completed so many that they all begin to run together, but I know how important collaboration is as a whole so I made sure to interact within the course as well. Ending this journey hasn’t seemed real yet. I believe that is because I know this isn’t an ending. The wealth of knowledge that I have gained from not only these courses, but the people and professors involved is truly indescribable. There would never be enough words to explain the mind blowing information that I have received and plan to share. I cannot wait to make my own changes in the world.

  • ePortfolio - 5305 Wrap Up

    When I think of a wrap up post, I think of an ending. Something coming to a closure. A new beginning is on the horizon. I now have a different take away of that. At this moment, this wrap it up post, is me figuring out how this is going to connect to my future courses and, more importantly, my new learning path. Listed are what I feel helped me “survive” and “thrive” in these courses. If you’re frustrated...you’re doing it right. Read, Read, READ! Use a Kindle. Invest in Audible. Reading is not optional in this program. Do it...or choose another program. When asking Dr. H a question, never ask an “or” question because the answer will always be “yes.” Knowing this has allowed me to answer some of my own questions. Do NOT attempt to “fake it till you make it.” It’s evident. It will make for a long eight weeks and a longer one to two years. My ePortfolio will not be for everyone...but it better be for my audience. I remind myself of this every time I work on my website. “What will my users think?” The education system has failed me. Now, I refuse to fail my students. Getting an A means nothing! Learning means everything! This mindset change is not only critical, but non negotiable. Changing your mindset...can be...hard. This has not come easy for me. I find myself wanting to live with a growth mindset, but it seems the world has conditioned me to have a fixed one. It’s a work in progress. Some days are better than others. I OWN MY ePORTFOLIO. PERIOD. I’m doing better than what I think I am. I’ve learned that my own self-critic is tougher than anyone else. Technology is NOT a game changer. Technology is NOT a new creation. Technology will NOT save the education system. We’re all more than likely doing some form of blended learning...but are we doing it effectively? Find your tribe! Grow your tribe! Make a tribe! Whatever the case may be...you can’t do it alone. Research isn’t my favorite...it never will be. But it’s important and scholarly. This is a graduate program...did I actually think I was going to get out of writing papers?! Give your professor what he wants….WRONG! Give yourself what you need. Not sure what you need? Find out. Funny how reading keeps making its appearance throughout this reflection. It’s not a coincidence. You can do it. I can do it. We can do it. Aside from how overwhelming this program is, I can do it. These courses have shown me that I can. I am two days away from officially saying, “I have completed my first set of graduate courses.” Never in a million years did I think I would be able to say that. I can’t wait to look back on this when I finish the program and see how much I have grown.

  • Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

    I’ve had plenty of experience in a college setting. It took me eight years to finally obtain a bachelor’s degree and when I walked that stage I truly believed I was equipped with what I needed to conquer the world. Fast forward to a pandemic and a one-year master’s program and I can firmly say that I was wrong. I was equipped with tools that the education system wanted me to have. I was prepared for exams and tests...not for real-world experiences. This program is requiring me to be both a learner and a leader through authentic teaching styles that I have rarely, if ever, been exposed to. ​ The study group that I have joined has become a third course in this program. I do not view it as something that is optional at this point. The people that are a part of this group reassure me daily (and sometimes more than that) that I am fully capable of succeeding and thriving in this program and in my career. I contributed and helped build my core collaboration group weekly and more often than not, daily. In this set of courses, I felt more comfortable asking questions to my peers and my professors. I enjoyed the feed-forward that was provided to me without even asking. I think in any other situation that type of communication is sometimes looked down upon. It’s viewed as rude and disrespectful to view someone’s work and then find the faults in it. I’ve learned to change the way I feel about that type of commentary. If someone is taking the time to look through my things, that means they care about what I am putting out there. They hold high expectations of me and refuse to let me settle for anything less. Although the workload for these two courses was not as daunting as the first set, I feel as though the work I did for these courses was more meaningful. In saying that, I feel as though I did not reach out to others as much as I had originally planned to when I began in March. I was putting so much time and effort into my own projects that I was unintentionally not putting in as much effort in providing feed-forward to others. I truly believe that last time I was intentionally not giving or offering feed-forward out of fear or uncomfortableness. But this time it isn’t until this reflection that I am seeing I still did the same thing without realizing it. I did, however, provide support and encouragement throughout the two courses. Every Wednesday I showed up to our study and/or support group and regardless if I said a lot or nothing at all, I believe my presence and effort showed my team that I was and am invested in them and their hard work as well. I already knew how vital the readings, videos, and supporting resources were. I made sure to start the reading list even before classes had begun. I was reading books for these courses during the end of the last set because I wanted to come into this set as prepared as I could be. I still feel as though the supporting resources are mandatory for my own personal benefit. It has been made clear that I can’t learn too much. Now, sometimes (all the time) there are not enough hours in the day, but I do try to make a conscious effort to save something I didn’t have time to look at in that moment so I can go back and look when I do have the time. With the help of my collaboration group, I made sure to meet the deadlines that the courses indicated. I also took advantage of the opportunity that Dr. H and Dr. Bedard gave that allowed us to send our projects in and receive feedforward before the assignment’s due dates. I will admit that I was hesitant about this at the beginning. I knew asking for recommendations meant being open to what I did wrong and having my mistakes being pointed out. This is something I had not experienced in the first half of the semester. I knew my result was going too far outweigh that uncomfortable feeling. I still feel my heart race the moment before I open my video of the feed-forward, but I change what is recommended and I’m almost always happier with my final product. Being a part of the accelerated ADL program has taught me that given the opportunity to make the learning my own, I can and will do what needs to get done to be proud of my work. I remember working through the 4DX model and Dr. H telling me something along the lines of, “Stop giving me what I already taught you. Show me what you’re going to do with this information.” I was falling back into the mentality that I lived in for so long. It was almost involuntary what I was doing. I was regurgitating the information and calling it authentic work. I believe the further along in the program I go, the better I will be able to spot that on my own and catch it beforehand. Lastly, I feel it is important to mention that I have appreciated the organization of the program. I was truly worried I would have to drop a course and extend the program longer than I wanted to because of the workload and life combined, but both professors have been extremely accommodating while still providing me with opportunities that are worth every penny I spend. I thought that with a fast-paced program it might lose its authenticity, but it has been the complete opposite. I’ve gained so much in such a short amount of time that I couldn’t imagine taking one course and not the other.

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  • Home | Mysite

    B. Rodriguez Teacher. Mom. Lifelong Learner. Home About Me Blog Master of Education Contact Search Results More "In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity." -Albert Einstein...maybe READ MORE About me READ MORE BLOG READ MORE LEARNING All Videos Play Video Facebook Twitter Pinterest Tumblr Copy Link Link Copied Now Playing Contribution to Learning & Our Learning Community 05:20 Play Video Now Playing Part One - ePortfolios 40:55 Play Video Now Playing Part Two - Blended Learning and COVA 01:04:56 Play Video Now Playing Part Three - Wrap Up & Future Endeavors 48:21 Play Video Now Playing Contribution to Learning 07:43 Play Video Now Playing COVA Reflection 27:23 Play Video Now Playing Blended Learning Professional Learning Course 01:01 Play Video Now Playing Allison Course Reflection 05:29 Play Video Now Playing Pedro's Course Reflection 04:56 Play Video Now Playing Contribution to Learning 18:20 07:26 Play Video Now Playing Reflection of Usability Testing 04:52 Play Video Now Playing The Applied Digital Learning Journey 01:04 Play Video Now Playing The Biggest Myth In Education 14:27 Play Video Now Playing A Pep Talk from Kid President to You 03:28 Play Video Now Playing The power of yet | Carol S Dweck | TEDxNorrköping 11:19 Play Video Now Playing The revolution of self-directed learning | Sean Bengry | TEDxFlourCity 09:03 Play Video Now Playing RSA ANIMATE: Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us 10:48 Play Video Now Playing Margaret Heffernan: Why it's time to forget the pecking order at work 15:48 Play Video Now Playing Bring on the learning revolution! | Sir Ken Robinson 20:57 Play Video Now Playing Creative thinking - how to get out of the box and generate ideas: Giovanni Corazza at TEDxRoma 13:39 Play Video Now Playing Let's teach for mastery -- not test scores | Sal Khan 10:50 Play Video Now Playing STOP STEALING DREAMS: Seth Godin at TEDxYouth@BFS 16:58 Play Video Now Playing How great leaders inspire action | Simon Sinek 18:35 Play Video Now Playing 4DX Plan 07:15 Play Video Now Playing Blended Learning in Kindergarten 01:18 Play Video Back to Top

  • Learning | Mysite

    Learning The A pplied D igital L earning Program Disruptive Innovation Leading Change Concepts of Ed. Tech. Disruptive Innovation Proposal Letter Literature Review Implementation Outline Annotated Bibliography Video Read the proposal I am sending to my administration to begin a Blended Learning initiative that will give my students choice, ownership, and voice while receiving an authentic learning experience in my classroom that will help them become life-long learners. Blended Learning is not something that is new to the education realm. If you are curious about the history behind my innovation please read my literature review. I have developed a timeline that I plan to implement for my initiative. Although this is a rough estimate and life will undoubtedly alter it, I hope to stick to these stages even if the dates may fluctuate. Being a life-long learner means I am always looking for best and better practices. I have provided an ongoing list of resources I have looked into and will continue to add to. If you have any suggestions, please use the chat box and share them with me. To get a visual view of what my innovation plan will look like watch the video I created to share with my organization and others who are interested in joining my team. Back to Top Leading Organizational Change Why, How, What Influencer Strategy 4DX Plan Crucial Conversations Start with heart and your audience will see and, more importantly, feel your authenticity. My why, how and what statements will remain what my initiative stays true to through the duration of the implementation. Who the key players are in my organization will be an important part in how my innovation gets recognized and implemented throughout different grade levels and possibly schools. Creating a plan that will help my team achieve our wildly important goal will require the four disciplines of executions and the five stages of change. Read our plan and see how we plan to conquer the whirlwind. Communication is an important part of relationships. This initiative is no different. There will be heated topics and emotions will run high, but using the tools provided here will allow my team and I to become self-differentiated leaders and learners to work through those tough conversations. Back to Top Concepts of Educational Technology Growth Mindset Learning Manifesto Professional Learning Networks Reflection Having a growth mindset isn't as easy as one would think. At an early age we are discouraged of this behavior so retraining the brain from a fixed to a growth mindset requires a daily change that will have to be implemented through the power of one word...yet. Research and information can be regurgitated time and time again. Reflecting on one's true passions and beliefs is something that is rare now a days. My learning manifesto gives you a glimpse of where my heart truly lies in this ever changing digital world. Collaboration and teamwork are apart of a teacher's everyday world. We grow together through different communities and networks. If you have any networks that you would like to share, please use the chat box so we can continue growing our educational community and more. Read through what I experienced this second round of eight week courses. I have gained insight on a growth mindset and how I will encourage my own students to obtain one. I have shared my learning manifesto with the world. Lastly, I am creating my own network of like minded individuals who will help me become the best me. Back to Top

  • Master of Education | Mysite

    B. Rodriguez Productions COVA Reflection COVA My Team The Journey I began this unpaved road with hesitation and fret, but blossomed into a learner and leader I never knew I had the potential to become. Through a new way of learning, COVA , I was able to apply my learning in so many different ways. I quickly learned the vitality of peer collaboration and feedforward, and am now able to implement those factors into my organization. This journey is unlike any other and I am ready to make the right changes within my own district to better both educators and students alike. Back to Top Another skillset that I gained through this journey is video producing and editing. This newly found interest was a struggle in the beginning, but as I invested more time and saw each final product after, I realized how much enjoyment I found in it. Slide through a few of my creations and subscribe to my YouTube Channel to see my past and future productions. B. Rodriguez Videos Play Video Play Video 04:52 Reflection of Usability Testing Play Video Play Video 07:26 Contribution to Learning 18:20 Play Video Play Video 04:56 Pedro's Course Reflection Play Video Play Video 05:29 Allison Course Reflection Play Video Play Video 01:01 Blended Learning Professional Learning Course Play Video Play Video 27:23 COVA Reflection Play Video Play Video 07:43 Contribution to Learning Play Video Play Video 48:21 Part Three - Wrap Up & Future Endeavors Back to Top Meet My Team Allison Palmer https://www.allison-palmer.org/ Allison and I started the ADL program together in January of 2021. I have seen her fluriosh into a true master of education. She has pushed boundaries and has shown me that there are educators that still believe in giving students the best learning opportunities in a significant learning environment. Pedro Beltran https://pedrobeltran.org/ Pedro and I also started the ADL program together. I owe him an immense amount of credit for using his people skills to create the strong team that we have. He continuously encourages me push myself to new lengths and use the voice he knows I have. He his the perfect description of a learner and leader. Colby Clifford https://mrscliffnotes.com/ Although Colby and I did not begin this ADL journey together, sometimes I forget that because we have always made each of our schedules work in such a cohesive manner. She provides me with a wealth of knowledge from her experience. Her love of research and exploration only adds to the already phenomenal educator that she is. Back to Top In the midst of this journey, I found the following like-minded individuals who share the same beliefs that I do. Take some time to look through their work and join us in our evolving adventures. Joining a community of individuals who share in the wild and brave idea of students having choice, ownership, and voice through authentic learning experiences has stretched my thinking to a world of endless possibilities. I began this journey unsure of what I needed to do, and unsure of where it would take me. I'm now ending this journey with a wealth of knowledge that can never be forgotten. This "ending" is actually only the beginning of a lifetime of changes and working through struggles that I now have the tools to use to become successful. I intend to share my ideas with the rest of the world and watch each of them flourish just as I will continue to. This newfound journey has become my way of life, rather than a temporary destination. Back to Top C hoice O wnership V oice A uthentic Learning The past ten months have felt both like yesterday and ten years all at once. Looking back on the journey I started, I would not have imagined a program changing my life to this capacity. I figured I'd stay up a few long nights and get some quizzes and discussions in and then call it a day. This is not that program. These are not those kinds of courses. With so much initial shock and hesitation, I will admittedly say that I considered dropping the program before I got too far in. I am so proud and happy that I didn't do just that. I stayed the course and it has changed me in ways I never thought imaginable. I now have a voice I didn't know I had nor one I thought I needed. I have encountered authentic learning experiences and projects and want to continue giving this to my own learners...of any age. COVA has allowed me to embrace the struggle and appreciate the hard work. Listen to our podcast and hear how my team and I have taken this program and truly made it our own. Not familiar with COVA? Watch to learn more... Learn More COVA has created a world that my team and I have truly made our own. Dr. Dwayne Harapnuik, the creator of COVA and CSLE , allowed us to have genuine real-world experiences throughout our Applied Digital Learning journey by putting the importance of ownership and collaboration foremost. Now, we continue to push our learners to be in the same significant learning environments that we had the pleasure to be a part of. We guide them on an educational and personal path to develop a better version of themselves as both a learner and leader. We warn our learners that the only requirements for COVA include a growth mindset for feed-forward because although it will undoubtedly change them, it will not always be easy. ​ COVA e-Book Link Use the link above to download the e-Book to learn even more about COVA. References ​ Dr. Dwayne Harapnuik. (n.d.). CSLE. It's About Learning. https://www.harapnuik.org/?page_id=849 ​ Dwayne Harapnuik. (2018, February 14). COVA Approach [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ft__0LE3qQ Dwayne Harapnuik, Tilisa Thibodeaux, & Cynthia Cummings. (2018). Choice, Ownership, and Voice through Authentic Learning COVA. Creative Commons License. https://doi.org/https://gallery.mailchimp.com/1bdbac4d4fbdff334a642eb11/files/8b18ae2a-8696-4d58-9b80-192f4cc6624c/COVA_eBook_Jan_2018.02.pdf ​ Harapnuik, D. (2017, July 19). Cova. It's About Learning. Retrieved June 23, 2021, from http://www.harapnuik.org/?page_id=6991 Back to Top

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