Six weeks into the school year I have applied a few things from Kenan. The first is a “sprint” strategy I learned from Mr. Thom. This strategy directly correlated to my project management class. The “sprint’ strategy gets the students to talk about team daily team goals. It helps them focus on what needs to be done, who needs to do what, and are we currently on schedule. I have added a team daily log to my PBL classroom. This helps me monitor all groups, and helps the students set daily goals.
I have also really focused on gaining my SAS Base Certification that I set in my PRL. I think the PRL is a great idea, and has helped me really focus on goals that will help me gain valuable skills that I can incorporate into my classroom. My studying and focus on the Base Certification has really helped me understand the curriculum more, and understand what the students will encounter on the certification if they choose to take it.
This experience immensely my outlook as an educator. Working with the wearable devices, it put me a bit out of my comfort zone. It began to remind me of being in school and learning something new. It allowed me to go back and begin to think like a student, and I believe that is sometimes lost when teaching students something new.
Working with the wearable devices also opened my eyes to the world of engineering and brainstorming. I was extremely nervous prior to my arrival in June, because of my lack of experience in those areas. Working with my mentors, I saw a new world of careers that I never new existed. I really wish I had this opportunity in college to expand my mind into other fields.
As an educator I plan on trying to implement a lot more real world application into my curriculum. I think students need to understand the importance of individual work, as well as collaborative work, problem solving and brainstorming. Sometimes the answer is not always clear cut. I can see education slowly transition away from the basic here is the definition, here is the answer.
I plan on connecting my summer internship experience to my classroom by reaching out and contacting guests to come into my classroom to help students gain a better understanding of real world applications, and second I plan on implementing my lesson into my classes.