COVA Reflection and Application

COVA is extremely important to me as a teacher. As I have been in my Master’s program for the past 2 years  I have been exercising COVA in my approach when I am working with my kids and also when I am working with my colleagues. I encourage my students to take ownership of their own futures by being innovative in the classroom. I use innovative practices in my classroom daily. My students also use technology to help promote their learning. The  COVA framework has the ability to  transform and impact our learning environment. Being able to have choice, ownership, voice and authentic learning opportunities helps my students take charge of their own academic journey.

My main goal is to prepare them for their future and instill in them to have a mindset that there are “endless possibilities” when it comes to their future. There is no “glass ceiling” that will prohibit them from reaching their goals. I am extremely passionate and dedicated to prepare my students for the “real world”. My goal is for them to be academically prepared and not be afraid to make mistakes during their growth process. I want them to recognize all of their small and large milestones, and appreciate all of their growth. My students will be to creating  E-portfolios that will help them measure their growth. E-portfolios will give them the opportunity to look and reflect on their progress. This will be beneficial to my students as they enter higher education.

Creating my own authentic project has reminded me of the importance of autonomy and being creative.Being innovative and trying new concepts should be the way of life, especially when certain things are not working. In education we constantly have to modify/change our content, teaching methods and mindset. We have to maintain a growth mindset in order to advance and move forward. Although I was not prepared entering the course, I easily adjusted and began to not be afraid of the unknown. At times I can be afraid of perfection but during the pandemic and this time in my life I have come to realize that we can not control every outcome. But if we work hard, plan and collaborate with those around us, it could lead to BIG SUCCESS.

The work that I have been doing has been difficult at this time, but I have noticed that I am afraid to step outside of the box and voice my opinions and “things that work” in my classroom to my colleagues. I only hope to continue the momentum. It is always important to remind ourselves of our true “why”? New relationships and new practices are necessary. We also have to get to know our students to see how they learn and what their individual needs are. We need to know their interests, cultural backgrounds, social interests and things they are capable of. This will be the key to intertwining the COVA and CSLE approach.

The COVA approach has been transforming my learning. I will use the COVA framework to transform and impact our learning environment. Being able to have choice, ownership, voice and authentic learning opportunities will help students to take charge of their own academic journey. Harapnuik analyzed the COVA approach in the article DLL. It states, “In DLL the learner will not be asked to sit and get professional development but will be required to go and show what they have learned through the creation of their own authentic projects and learning ePortfolio.” My goal is to prepare them for their future and instill in them to have a mindset that there are “endless possibilities” when it comes to their future. There is no “glass ceiling” that will prohibit them from reaching their goals.

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