The final step to becoming a Common Sense Educator is to reflect on my work and process. What makes a good reflection?

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2017 09:55AM PST
Sharing successes (and failures) is an important part of the learning process and an essential part of professional growth. In this final step, please authentically describe your insights, weaving in ideas that you put into practice from the Learn and Do steps in the Common Sense Educator Facebook group. Your reflection should not simply state your activities. When writing up the reflection, please think about the following: what you learned from the experience, how your work impacted your students or fellow educators, any aspect you may do differently the next time, and/or any aha moments and major successes!
Below is an excerpt of a reflection from educator Lily O'Gara that we think does a great job of being informative, sharing insights, and providing concrete takeaways. Read the full reflection here.
As a graduate student teacher at The Pike School in Andover, Massachusetts, I am surrounded by technology. We have Apple TV in every classroom, the students have personal iPads, and many grades have class blogs or forums. However, when reflecting on my own lesson plan development, I realized that I could certainly incorporate far more technology resources. Although I am a "millennial," for me, technology is always something that I think of as utilized by older children and adults. However, after teaching in first and second grade, I have become aware of just how much this younger generation knows about and learns from digital platforms.
My main discovery was quite a personal one. I learned that I don't have to incorporate technology just for the sake of incorporating technology, that digital resources can enhance lessons I've already envisioned or developed without replacing them. It's clear to me, now, that using technology is not the same as relying on it, and that it's simply an alternative to more traditional teaching. Finding a balance between the two is key, and I look forward to continuing this exploration!
Lily O'Gara Common Sense Educator

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