The Problem-based learning experience has encouraged independent learning as well as a
strong group co-operation among my group members. I learn to trust that my group members
have researched on their part well and to take the information they present to me as a trustable
source. However, when in doubt and when questions are raised, my group would collaborate and
discuss the doubts as a team.
Solving problems are more tedious as all the members have to be very sure about their
parts and preparation before a group meeting is key. When a problem is raised, each group
member has to look into their own learning theory to see if any part of it can be used.
Group learning is most effective when all group members put in their utmost effort in
their research and take initiatives whenever they see any problems in the process of our
discussion. For example, in the case where I felt that a Prezi would boost our presentation, I
raised it up to the group and explain to them why I felt so. With this, they were convinced and
we worked together towards a successful Prezi Presentation. I felt that group learning is also very
effective if a constant sharing process is adopted as we learn from each other as we go through
the learning process together. Every member is a key contributor in many ways.
Problem-based learning has exposed me to a possible way to encourage independent
learning in my future classroom to stretch higher ability students and to encourage a positive
learning attitude for the lower and middle ability students. With this positive attitude of wanting
to learn, it will develop an inquisitive mind.
More interaction with students would allow them to process their chain of thoughts and
would develop their interpersonal skills with peers and the teacher. Personally, my interpersonal
skills with my group mates would be a projection of my future interactions with colleagues. It
has encouraged perseverance and adaptation with my group mates to complete the final
presentation. Sacrifices were important and a sense of belonging in the group encouraged us to
make these sacrifices for each other.
Reflective skills were important in noting down the process of the group’s development
and progress. Reflection also has allowed me to experience satisfaction in my contributions to
the group. In future, I would ensure my students are able to adopt such reflective skills to help
them experience personal success.
For personal skills, the approach I take to interact with my peers are important during the
process. With motivation and encouragement, my group tends to work harder and churn out
more information when all of us were tired. My ideal class would consist of students with such
behaviour as I feel everyone needs one another to help them in times of turbulence.
Organizing and managing the information learnt would provide a clearer view of
learning. This is an important skill as with a clearer view of the subjects learnt in schools, it will
enhance the thought process of my students in future.
A longer time to carry out the Problem-based learning might help as many courses are
having their assignments due at about the same period of time. Having more time would allow
for better segregation of time for the different assignments.
The strengths of the e-portfolio allowed for scaffolding and we were always on task if we
deliver our weekly deliverables. It allows for group collaboration without face-to-face meet ups.
No limitation was experienced.
The authentic classroom footage gave us a clearer view and was an apt illustration of the
script provided. This allowed us to take note of facial expressions and caters a lot to visual
learners like myself. It allows me to remember the scenes clearly and I do not have to constantly
refer to it. Reference to the video was also easily accessible whenever a need arises.
Exaggerations were clear when watching the footage as well, and this allows for easy
identification of major problems seen in the classroom.
The Education Psychology course has widened my knowledge-base on how I should
conduct myself in class. This will inculcate self-awareness and I believe I would think before I
act when I carry out my teaching as anything I do in the presence of my students will have either
a positive or negative impact on their future or on their perspective of things. I now hold more
believe and meaning in the saying: A teacher holds the key to a student’s success.
During the process of my lessons with Ms Chua, I was also able to observe the way she
teach and am very glad to have a positive example standing before me. Her teaching also
portrays the theories I have encountered during the process of the Problem-based learning
experience with my group. She portrays the teaching of her subject matter well and inspires me
to adopt her way of teaching into my classroom in future.