Competency 4: Think Critically and Reflectively as a personal vision of inclusive educational practice
Develops a personal vision of inclusive educational practice
In my reflective essays for 660A, I stated that ‘I am only envisioning the tip of the iceberg in terms of potential and that this field is so much richer and full of possibility than I had imagined’. This statement was prophetic in that my awareness of the potential continues to expand my vision of the possibilities. In beginning the LDT program, my focus was on curriculum for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
This view has expanded to include not only students with Specific Learning Disorders but also the needs of teachers who find themselves at a loss in providing effective differentiated instruction as more students with special needs are included in general education classrooms. My vision of inclusive educational practice encompasses not only a wider spectrum of students as well as teachers but also includes a heightened appreciation of the role which technology will play.
Describes the relationship between Educational Technology and the broader field of Education
My reflective essays in my EDCI660A course demonstrate the broadening of my perspective on educational technology and its relationship to the field of education. I reflected on the ways in which my coursework and interactions with fellow students increased my awareness of the potential of technology within the educational context. The sense of this importance continues to expand.
I’m particularly attuned to the potential of Microsoft and Google products to prove transformative for the expressive skills of students with special needs. For these students the complexity of expressive communication can pose a seemingly insurmountable obstacle. Students may have difficulty not only in formulating their thoughts but in gripping a pencil to form writing. The rapid progression from unwieldy communication devices to innovations such as enhanced text to speech or Microsoft tools for individuals with dyslexia is breathtaking. I am excited to turn my focus to gaining the skills to fully utilize these technology gains in service to my students.
Critically evaluates theory and practice
In my reflective essay for my EDCI672 course, I detailed the ways in which my analysis of case studies were on point and the ways in which they fell short. The exercise of revisiting and reevaluating with the lens of further experience was humbling but also provided an opportunity for growth. I feel this reflection most closely addressed both theory and practice, including both analysis and advisement. The discussion forums have been illuminating as LDT students have shared their experiences in the work environments we read of in the case studies. Their stories have added real-life weight and guidance for evaluating the areas of practice to which I feel best suited.