Looking Back: A Reflection on my MLP

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The end of my MLP is finally here. Two months have gone by and with them, I’ve made great progress on my drawing skills. Watch the YouTube video below to see what the end result of these weekly MLP posts have been.

To help me create these drawings, I went back to all of my previous Learning Project posts and reviewed the resources there. You can check out my MLP progress, from start to finish, here. Or, if you want a short version, you can check out my summary of these last two months here. Also, all of the YouTube videos that I uploaded onto my different blog posts can be found on my channel here.

To round off this whole drawing experience, I just want to say a few things. First and foremost, this project obviously taught me the power of technology. Today, you can choose to learn basically anything you want and find the resources on the internet to do so. Because of such a reality, teachers obviously have a great tool at their disposal and so, as we have been talking about throughout ECMP 355, technology has a large part to play in helping students learn. Now, it is just a question of HOW we should go about incorporating tech into the classroom. Luckily, Katia has given us many options for that. We have so many tools that we’ve learned about in this class, ones that will help us become better teachers. From Blue Jeans, Socrative, Kahoot, Pinterest, Google Docs, Aurasma, there are so man ways that we, as teachers, can shape lesson plans. All we have to do now is branch out and do it! No more excuses, no more fear. We’ve got to set the example for our students and one of the ways that we can do that is being the best we can be at our jobs.

Although this may not have been the main lesson of this project, I think there’s something to be said for the fact that you are never too young or too old to learn something new. I bet you, if you were to ask Tenille or Brandon six months ago if they thought they would be learning ASL and astronomy, they’d say no. All too often we think, “Oh, I don’t have enough time for that,” or “Oh, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” when it comes to learning something new. However, in reality, these are just excuses. Learning is good for the brain and, without sound too cheesy, it’s good for the heart and soul, too. And, with all these new tools at our disposal, you now have the option to learn what you want, whenever you want and at your own speed. Yet another benefit of technology to add to the never ending list.

Thank you all for following my MLP this semester! I’ve appreciated all of your comments and your feedback helped me grow throughout these last two months. Processing feedback and applying it to your learning is something that we, as educators, will need to do in the future and I appreciate that all of you gave me an opportunity to practice this.

Have a wonderful summer, everyone!

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