Innovative Learning Blog
I am very excited to be in this program and look forward to the next two semesters. I wanted to be challenged technologically and pedogogically, and this program has met those needs. I am not a very "techy" person, and yet I am creating cutting edge technological projects and presentations, albeit at a very basic level. This program has inspired me to want to learn more about digital technology and how it applies to teaching as well as my own personal interests. For example, for my thesis my second graders created digital stories with an Internet based platform that I learned from this program. I am also using the same digital story platform to create a meaninful and personal Christmas gift. I can't wait to learn more tech skills to enhance the projects that I have created with my students as well as my own personal projects.
I also love the discussion of pedagogy in this classroom as it pertaints to 21st century learning and teaching. It seems that every video I view (from ICARE's) are videos that enlighten me to a new way of thinking or confirm a belief I had but articulated in a more clearer picture. This program has inspired me both as an educator and a person interested in technology for my own personal hobbies.
Student motivation from Dan Pink's persepective is one of the topics that stood out to me. I completely agree with Pink in that student's are motivated intrinsically much more than they are instrincically. At my school, teachers and instructional assistants hand out award tickets called "delfinitos" (little dolphins in English) which can be redeemed for prizes at the end of the week. In my five years of teaching, I have experimented with using them twice and each time I very quickly ceased to continue the experiment after my intuition that they would not work was confirmed by the ineffectiveness that it had to motivate the students.
I am so glad I saw Pink talk about autonomy. It is the one thing that I have thought would improve my performance as a teacher from day one. I only get 45 minutes of prep time everyday. Every teacher at my school would love more personal prep time. I personally believe in the Rowe model. I believe in complete autonomy. I think there is a misconception that uniformity leads to creativity.
I also liked how Pink referenced that businesses follow the reward system path rather than the intrinsic path. It doesn't take rocket science, nor meta-analysis on student motivation to realize that we are not dogs (Pavlov) and don't respond just because a bone is thrown at us. Give us the freedom to roam for the bone on our own accord and we'll bring you back more bones than you'll know what to do with.