Jonathan Lustberg-Portfolio ED-631

  For my final assignment I decided to create a portfolio of the work I have created through out this semester. I will guide you through my work and reflect upon my growth as a student as well as a teacher.

Beginning the semester, I was excited and motivated to begin a new learning experience that would hopefully better myself as a teacher and therefore better the education of my students. I devised an action plan which would I would consistently refer to throughout the semester: http://pacecommons.org/blog/view/6409/ed6312018actionplan . With some pointed feedback, I was able to revise my plan and begin my journey. 

I started my journey learning about student motivation and how there are different facets to motivation. Each facet comes together to create this theory on how and why students become motivated in their education. I drew upon these ideas and implemented them in my class which allowed me to reach a student and was a proud moment in my teaching practice: http://pacecommons.org/blog/view/6646/week-4-breadcrumbs. Reflecting upon this post, I now find myself routinely using the idea of extrinsic motivation with my students rather than fostering an intrinsic motivation. It is much more difficult for a teacher to foster intrinsic motivation within students since obviously, while I continue to make suggestions, the student must find what motivates them on their own. 

As I moved forward into the realm of Classroom Management, I was initially confident and receptive towards the ideas presented in the text since my classroom was somewhat easy to manage: http://pacecommons.org/blog/view/6783/week-5-breadcrumbs As I reflect back, I recognize how I have somewhat fallen away from those practices and thus, my classroom management has deteriorated in one of my teaching periods. I need to go back to the basics and make sure I continue to enforce the ideas presented and remain strong until the school year comes to a close. 

Tying in Student Diversity, I began to focus more on the learning styles of the students in an attempt to get the students invested in their education and more motivated which would hopefully also alleviate some classroom management issues: http://pacecommons.org/blog/view/6912/week-6-breadcrumbs . This proved to be true for a good portion of the year and I began to really enjoy creating lessons that were geared more towards allowing access for each different type of learner. The planning aspect from Chapter 10: http://pacecommons.org/blog/view/7496/week-10-breadcrumbs helps create those types of lessons, but I still am met with varying success. Chapter 9 http://pacecommons.org/blog/view/7360/week-9-breadcrumbs definitely helped with reaching my gifted students and I continue to revise and plan as each lesson is completed.

Finally, as the semester comes to a conclusion, I look back on how much I have learned and grown during this time period. Using Pace Commons allowed me to really explore the ideas presented and create a teaching personality that fit me. By creating breadcrumbs it really held me accountable in my learning and presented a visual aspect which was used to adjust my teaching practice. I found this to be overall, a great experience. Like every journey on the path to knowledge I had my ups and downs, and finally, with this portfolio, I thought to myself, "That's it, I'm done." However, the truth is, this journey is still just beginning.

    • Gerald Ardito
      Gerald Ardito

      Jonathan,

      You have done a terrific job with this portfolio. More importantly, I am thrilled and gratified to know that you found this course to be valuable.

      You said:

      Finally, as the semester comes to a conclusion, I look back on how much I have learned and grown during this time period. Using Pace Commons allowed me to really explore the ideas presented and create a teaching personality that fit me. By creating breadcrumbs it really held me accountable in my learning and presented a visual aspect which was used to adjust my teaching practice. I found this to be overall, a great experience.

      What sticks with me after reading this portfolio is you interested in, openness to, and willingness for developing yourself as an extraordinary teacher. This comes through all of your writing. I encourage you to further develop this stance for yourself.

    ED 631 - Educational Psychology- Spring 2018

    ED 631 - Educational Psychology- Spring 2018

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