Finalized Action Plan

1. Start with why you really want to learn a new skill.

The more I understand how my students' minds work and what really motivates them to be engaged and learn will allow me to be a more effective teacher. Although I currently have many other things that will unfortunately have to fill my time (lesson planning, grading, sleeping, etc.) I will attempt to integrate concepts of educational psychology into the lesson planning aspect of my life as a first year teacher. If I can combine lesson planning with things I learn in this class, I will kill two birds with one stone by completing the work I need to complete for both my job and this course as well as becoming a better teacher! I would like to give meaning to what I learn in this course.

2. Set clear goals about what you're planning to learn.

As I stated above, I want to learn how to implement the concepts in this course to my everyday routines as a first year teacher, largely in the aspect of lesson planning. Each week as I read the text and other resources provided to us I will attempt to implement at least one idea/concept/theory a week to a lesson either that week or in the future.

3. Structure your time and schedule your learning sessions.

I am realizing that the only work I am able to get done during the week is work related to my job like lesson planning or grading (except for the exception of right now where I am covering a class and I am unable to make my copies and have no other job related work to do). This fact of my weekday work ethic is probably for the best in terms of my productivity as a first year teacher as well as for my sanity. With that said, I will set aside time either Saturday or Sunday to get my work done for both this class or my other grad school class. A big goal of mine will be sticking to this plan and getting work in on time. The work I do for this class will be either reading assigned text or exploring other resources assigned by Professor Ardito.

4. Find a learning accountability partner or start an online study group.

My teacher friends that are in my other grad school class that I see in my person have agreed to send me (and each other) reminders of when work is due!

5. Apply what you learn by building your own digital portfolio.

The breadcrumbs that we have been assigned to due each week will allow me to keep myself accountable for this plan because without doing the breadcrumbs I will not pass this course! Passing vs. failing this course is very good incentive to sticking to my plan.

    • Gerald Ardito
      Gerald Ardito


      This is a nice development from your draft plan. I can see this as giving you more of a framework through which the navigate the course and its (intended) impact on your teaching.

      You may want to refer to Ashley's plan to also help you chart a path through this course.

      I highly endorse getting a partner or creating a study group. In fact, I am going to share this idea with the whole class.

      Onward and upward.

    ED 631 - Educational Psychology- Spring 2018

    ED 631 - Educational Psychology- Spring 2018

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