Well, well, well, the time is here to write my first blog. I am feeling slightly anxious to begin, and continue to find myself erasing and re-writing every line I write. However, here it goes.
As this blog was created as part of a requirement for my ECMP 355 class, I will begin with a course-related post. For the first class session that was webcasted, I found that there were many concepts discussed that intrigued me. One that I was able to connect with personally, was the consideration of the influence of who our audience to our work is. Does it change the effort we put into our work? The discussion was focussed on technology in the classroom, and how by using blogs or other forms of technology, one can share the student’s work with a much larger audience. As a result, the students become more conscious of the effort and outcomes of their work. I connected with this concept 100%. Throughout the years I have spent in the education program at the U of R, I have gotten to know many of the professors quite well. Because of these relationships, I have definitely found myself putting in more effort to my projects. There are instances that I can remember where I have considered how I would most likely just finish the work much quicker and with less effort if it wasn’t being handed in to a certain professor. It is like I do not want to let down those who I know on a personal level. The importance of this consideration is how it affects my future students. For, if I find myself experiencing this, I am sure that I am not the only one. Therefore, it is also highly likely that my future students would feel the same. How can I use this to my advantage to help my future students put their best effort forward? Do I have to use technology so they have a larger audience to hold them accountable for their work or, is there a way to help them experience the same level of accountability when only handing in their work to me?