As a computer science teacher, when I teach coding to my students, it is important to me that I would be able to incorporate play while learning the codes. It was terrific how Douglas Thomas mentioned using scratch in his book on learning to code, which I can attest is true; students tend to understand coding using blocks, shapes, and colors, and my students play and understand the concept. I am amazed how my students were imaginative enough to be able to resolve coding exercises. I also agree that a person who wants to learn something new will be successful as the learner is passionate enough, willing to do hard work, and is already claiming success in that learner’s mind. As a learner, I am the same thing. I put my all in once I decided I wanted to learn, and I will ensure that I will put my 100% effort. I believe I am proactive as a teacher; I give freedom to my students to learn something new, discover the world, and remind them to be careful with their choices. I believe that having a relationship with my students makes them calm and feel welcome. I always tell them that I am here to teach them, make them grow, and hopefully succeed as learners.
My only regret is that sometimes due to school grading requirements, I have to create quizzes or tests that do not really showcase their individual learning as it falls on the numerical grading. However, I am not losing hope; I know one day, I will be able to showcase all my learning plans and styles and to be able to create a significant learning environment for all of my students. I acknowledge that I am working on progress too. I want to grow, as I know that it will help my students to grow and be better versions of themselves.
I agree with Dr. H that technology is a tool that helps us solve a problem, but the most significant role is a teacher. As a teacher, I have many roles to fulfill, but the most important is to coach and evaluate my students. I believe my part is to groom my students. Like plants, as Dr. Tony Bates mentioned, I can provide them with a significant learning environment, taking account of their differences, and give a more profound understanding for them to grow as learners.
Bates, T. (Dec. 14, 2015). Building Effective Learning Environments. https://youtu.be/3xD_sLNGurA
Harapnuik, D. (2015, May 9). Creating significant learning environments (CSLE).
TEDx Talks. (2012, September 13). A New Culture of Learning, Douglas Thomas at TEDxUFM [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM80GXlyX0U