Big Hairy Audacious Goal:
My students will learn lifelong skills that they will be able to take with them in the real world. This is based on my learning philosophy. Eportfolios will prepare my students for their future by helping them to increase their college readiness skills, digital literacy, and goal-setting foundations. They will also learn how to reflect and become strong critical thinkers, which is my ultimate goal. I want to teach my students how to think critically.
The UbD table explains in stages how my implementation plan will be introduced to my students and campus.
We have approached the fourth week of this course. Creating Significant Learning Environment has helped me really focus on not just what I will be teaching my students, but also how to introduce and roll out my innovation plan. I want to teach my students the benfits of eportfolios and how they can enhance their learning journeys. It is impotant that I am able to create a safe and positive learning space where my students will feel open to trying new ideas and concepts. In the Peer Review, it was stated that, “Good e-portfolio practice always includes the processes included within the broad concept of metacognition—having students reflect on their work and think about their progress in learning. Bransford, Brown, and Cocking (2000; 18, 21) call metacognition “an internal conversation” in which students monitor their own understanding and state that teachers should explicitly emphasize metacognition because it “can enhance student achievement and develop in students the ability to learn independently.” The E-portfolios will help the students learn and take accountability of their education. They will be able to be more reflective, increase their analyzation skills and measure their own progress. My campus in particular will be able to follow a more student centered approach. My students will know exactly where they stand and they will be aware of their strengths and weaknesses. They will know the areas they need to grow in. This is a skill that they can use in college and in their career fields. E-portfolios will create more effective learners.
After completing Finks Columns table and now the UbD Backward design I came to a realization that the UbD is something that I would use to lesson plan and roll out new activities and concepts for my students. It is more straight to the point and easier to follow for other teachers and even students’. Here is my Finks 3 Column Table Link. During the editing and crafitng of my innovation plan I will use the UbD design only because it is extremely specific.
Bransford, J. D., A. L. Brown, and R. R. Cocking, eds. 2000. How people learn: Brain, mind, experience, and school. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.