My best learning experience

c21_logo_mediumWelcome to you Cohort 21 Blog. This journal is an integral part of your Cohort 21 experience. Here you will reflect, share , collaborate  and converse as you move through the C21 Action Plan process. 

This is your first post and an opportunity to share a little bit about yourself as a learner and leader. Please respond the to the following prompts below:

1) Reflect on your own personal learning journey and K-12 education. Identify one learning experience that you can point to as having made a significant impact on some element of your own growth and development. It could be that teacher and subject that really sparked significant growth or a trip that opened your eyes to a whole new world or way of thinking or a non-catastrophic failure that you learned so much from.  Briefly describe the learning experience and identify the various supports, structures, mindsets and relational ingredients that were put in place by the teacher or facilitator that directly contributed to your growth and success. 

My best learning experience occurred during the completion of my masters degree in physical oceanography. During this time, I had the opportunity to conduct  research and experience the many things that go into being a "scientist". Hands-on experiences, presentations at conferences, tight deadlines, high expectations are just some of the examples that made this experience so valuable.   

2) What is the one Learning skill (MOE) or Approach to Learning (IB ATL) that you feel is MOST important in this day and age? How do you intentionally build it into your curriculum and develop it in your students throughout the year?

I don't know to be honest ... I am not a huge fan of MOST ... I think they are all important. If I had to choose you, I think it would be INITIATIVE. I feel that the internet has empowered people to learn or create anything they want. (ie music, art, games, 3D objects). There is so much information available online that people can figure out almost anything if they really wanted to. So yeah, I think initiative is big.

3) Insert an image below that best captures the essence of that Learning Skill or ATL.




6 thoughts on “My best learning experience

  1. Hi Michal, @mhodal

    As a fellow math teacher, I completely agree with giving students activities to complete to learn a concept instead of more traditional teaching. When they have an interest or a connection to the concept, they seem to understand it better.

    I look forward to hearing more details about what you do in your class room on Saturday!


  2. Thanks for the share @mhodal. I look forward to hearing more about how you foster initiative in your students through the similar hands-on, high expectation approach you experienced during your Masters Degree Looking forward to meeting you on Saturday and to a great year ahead.


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