This reflection is about my participation in the ESCI 310 course. I always find it difficult to rate myself on participation, because participation has many different meanings to others.
When I think of participation, I think of these traits:
- Actively participating in group discussions
- Contributing ideas
- Supporting others
- Collaborating with others professionally
- Submitting work in a timely matter
- Thinking and reflecting deeply about content
That is how I envision participation, but I don’t necessarily meet the ideal criteria. I am not the type of person to express my feelings out loud or share with a whole class my ideas. I learn better when I listen to others in discussion. Just because I am not sharing verbally, doesn’t mean that I am not listening or participating. I am an active listener. I hear what other people say, and work it through and connect it to what I already knew.
In participation, I work others well and I contribute ideas in small groups. I enjoy working in small groups because it allows deeper level thinking. Having the base groups was a great way to allow that deep thinking. In my base group, we worked well together and we all had connections to share. When we were discussing why we liked group work, she said that it is away to share success, and I agree. It is a great feeling to create something with peers that you are proud with, and you get to share that success with. Not only success, but experience making mistakes, because that support system is there to help move in a new direction. It was great practice creating a resource package with others and learning how a professional dynamic works.
Thinking of an explicit mark was difficult, instead of having an explicit mark. I have a heard time with giving a final mark like this because I believe that we as educator are never done learning, we can always keep learning and adapting. Below is the list from the syllabus:
- Arrive on time, be in your base group, name tag on, something fascinating to share / contribute to our collective learning.
- Have written 2- 4 major learning from the previous class.
- Have read any assigned readings.
- Have had a conversation with someone outside this class about one of the issues or insights from the class.
- Have consciously done or not done something for the well being or benefit of others.
I feel that the three of us achieved these 5 things throughout the course, if not every class. We were always contributing ideas and discussing what we learned in class, and how it connected to a previous class. After each class, I would find myself thinking about what I learned, and sharing with others. For example, the experiential activities led a lot of discussion with myself and peers because we would discuss where we found the activities and how it would work in the classroom. We all kept up with our journals and submitted them on time. As a group, we collaborated well, and was a group that achieved what was expected.