Friday, April 22, 2011

Think Out Loud-Post #1

As I began thinking about what I wanted to do for my Final Presentation, I really leaned towards the publication side of things. It's funny how my mind works because I love being up in front of a choir teaching or on stage playing a character, but get me in front of a room to give a speech or presentation, I just freeze up. I don't feel as comfortable for some reason. So for this being the case, I knew I wanted to write a paper with my findings for my Action Research Project. I really think this AR project helped me out a lot more than I thought it would. Not only did it help me communicate more with my students at different levels, but it also, I feel, helped me develop a better relationship with them. Not only was my teaching in the classroom, but it extended out beyond to their homes. While using Schoology, I could communicate and continue discussions beyond class even when class was cancelled. I know other teachers have used Moodle and other LMS' in their classroom, but I really feel this was a great fit. I hope to use this tool in more classes as I see fit. I wanted to share this experience I had with other colleagues, especially in music, who might be a little apprehensive about using a LMS. I hope to find a good publication where my paper might be read to help inspire other music teachers to try.

1 comment:

  1. It is interesting that you feel more comfortable in performance rather than speech or presentation. I know that performances require a lot of practice. I think its ok to be in situations that require improvisational skills and critical thinking. What bothers you most about presenting in front of a large group of people? Schoology is a great tool, I wish I utilized it more because it does build a bridge and make a connection between the students. I just didn't like how tedious the enrollment process is. And if students don't have regular access to a computer, it makes it hard to utilize the lms.