Final ESCI Reflection.. What did I contribute?

“I shall participate, I shall contribute, and in doing so, I will be the gainer” – Walter Annenberg

I think that through out this semester I have entered each class with this mind set.  It is my belief that I actively participated in every class whether that be in a class discussion, science experiment,or  copular learning groups.

I believe that I was able to add insight into what teaching environmental education can look like.  Drawing on my experience from my summer job as an interpreter.  As someone who is also passionate about environmental education I believe  I was able to participate whole heartedly in discussions.

I believe that my passion for inquiry and hands on learning also helped my to be engaged in class.  I believe that inquiry is a fantastic way to learn about not only science but also other subjects as well.  In this class we talked quite a bit about using inquiry and  I found all the conversations to be very interesting.

Overall, I believe that I entered the class everyday and actively participated to the best of my ability in whatever that capacity might be.  I was open to learning and sharing my experiences.

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Reflecting on group work

This semester has been filled with lessons, the biggest lesson was working on our group project.  Creating our unit was a great process and I was able to see growth in both myself and my group members.  I felt the work was divided quite equally and everyone was able to contribute equally.  We were able to work quite effectively via google docs and it was fantastic to see how technology can really help people work together while not physically meeting up.  As everyone knows education students are extremely busy and I was really impressed with how well the google doc worked and how my group members also worked.

893c2dc36bc46a07743afc32efbfe370.jpg  This unit was the unit I taught during my 3 week block and I referred to our website more then once looking for resources, especially for early finishers.  I actually included the interactive websites for students who finished their inquiry project early and they loved the websites and were able to learn from them as well.

As for my personal contribution, I included the resource list, 2 lessons, videos and some activities (experiments).  As this was the topic for my 3 week unit I did have quite a bit of prior experience and a large amount of resources.

Overall, I found my experience with my group to be a positive experience.  I enjoyed my groups
, their company and their options they shared during our group process.