Week 2 Reflection: “If you don’t make mistakes you can’t learn”

Does anyone else feel like week 2 flew by?  I was ahead of the game on Tuesday, then all of a sudden it was Friday.  However, despite my crazy schedule I feel a lot more comfortable with the course.  I spent the first week clicking back and forth between tabs trying, with all my might to figure out what Remi wanted from us.  This week I still spent a lot of my time clicking back and forth and opening a million tabs at once, but it was in a calm manner.

I still have a small pit in my stomach, wondering if I didn’t do something correctly or missed a key word in an assignment and uploaded something to the wrong place.  I think that is the type A teacher inside me, just wanting to check off all the boxes.  I know for this class it is about letting go, choosing to color those same boxes in, instead of just checking them off and moving on.  So, moving into the 3rd week I want to keep that in mind.

Address the following questions:

How well do you feel you completed the requirements of the week’s assignments (inclusive of at least two TDCs, your DS106 Activity Bank Assignment, response to course readings , critique of digital story, various responses to CU Denver peers, and engagement with other online social networks)?

Week 2 didn’t completely go as planned, I was hoping to get everything done ahead of time.  Life happened and I had lots going on, so here I sit Sunday evening writing my blog posts.  As far as the assignments go, I was happy with my work.  I really enjoyed stepping out of my comfort zone and recording some audio with my computer, editing it using audacity and uploading it to soundcloud.  The daily creates I did this week were enjoyable.  I love any chance I get to share my nerdy side!

What gave you trouble? What did you enjoy most? What did you learn?

I actually had a fairly snag free week.  I think the thing that held me back the most was myself.  I really need to work on my time management.  I am so exhausted from running a summer camp all week that when I get home at 5pm I don’t want to put in the work, I would rather go to the gym or just veg out.  I blame part of this on exhaustion and the other on just not being in the right mindset.  I am really reflecting and working towards a more balanced week to come.

What would you do differently? What questions do you have?

I want to improve my time management, as mentioned above.  I completed one assignment ahead of time this week, next week I will aim for two.  

What are some of the larger issues surrounding your work, particularly as they relate to exploring your focal theme?

I’m really trying to tie in my focal theme whenever possible.  I really connect with the readings and find that easy to make the connection.  The daily creates tend to be more personal.  Gifted students need a creative outlet, like the fan fiction we read about this week, to really grow as learners.  I am excited to incorporate this into my enrichment curriculum this year.

Provide a self assessment of your work quality and effort on a “exceeding expectations,” “meeting expectations,” and “below expectations” scale. Why are you “exceeding” or “meeting” or “below” course expectations?




Exceeding expectations


Meeting expectations


Below expectations

Daily Creates(one and two )                X
Activity Assignment Bank              X
Response to Reading             X
Story Critique            X
Response to Peers                  X
Engagement in social media             X

“Meeting Expectations”

I believe I have met expectations for the daily creates.  I did BOTH assigned daily created on time and completed what was asked.  I do not believe I reached “exceeding” because I did not do more than asked of me.  My first daily create was an exceeding in terms of the work I put into it, but I felt my second could have been better.  I would also like to challenge myself, in the weeks to come, to do the daily creates for that day and not choose ones from the past.  I rated my response to peers lower this week.  I got to this really late on Sunday and felt bad about it.  The responses should benefit my peers, and they can’t benefit from later submissions.  I want to improve on this for next week.

“Exceeding Expectations”

I rated my activities as exceeding because I really challenged myself this week.  Even though we HAD to do the assignment I was proud of myself for just jumping in!  My reading response really tied well into my focal theme and came from a personal place.  I was proud of the connections I made.  I also created a document of ideas for this coming school year that I got from that article.  My story critique was an improvement from last week.  I used the fan fiction theme and ran with it.  This tied into my focal theme and was a realistic challenge that I will be facing when using fan fiction in the classroom.  I really want my story critiques to be meaningful to me and to my peers.


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