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Instructional Leadership – Reflection

Prior to the start of this course, I was not sure what to expect. In fact, the cour...
prepared to compete in a digital world. I must be an advocate. As an instructional leader,
I need to be willing to learn a...
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Instructional Leadership Reflection

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Instructional Leadership Reflection

  1. 1. Instructional Leadership – Reflection Prior to the start of this course, I was not sure what to expect. In fact, the course title did not lead me to believe at all that this was an instructional course on technology implementation. The course assignments, discussion boards, videos, and lectures provided a wealth of information for me in regards to technology implementation and integration into curriculum. I am more aware of the Instructional Leader’s role in regards to technology, and I know that I must continuously strive to be up to date with the latest trends on technology and require the same from my faculty. As a digital immigrant, I am more aware of what I need to do in order make learning relevant and meaningful for my students. I believe that I am more prepared and more aware to lead in the 21st Century. The outcomes of this course have opened up new avenues of instruction for me, as I now realize that technology plays such an important role in the lives of our students. Online learning, distance learning, wireless networks, and web based instructional can all be implemented into any school at any level, and I believe that they will afford me the opportunity to individualize instruction and focus on the needs of my students. I also am more knowledgeable in the area of Staff Development and technology integration for teachers. I know that it is my job to aid in the merging of technology and curriculum. I can’t really think of any outcomes that I did not achieve, as I really didn’t know what to expect when I began this course. I think that more than anything, I have set new goals for myself in regards to technology proficiency. I realize where my weaknesses are, and I will make professional development for those areas an utmost priority. Also, I think that I have spent the last five weeks reflecting on my own teaching and my own use of technology in the classroom. While I have great intentions, I have not yet been able to implement much of my new findings into my classroom. This is simply a time issue, but I know that the curriculum must be designed to help me and others most effectively reach our learners of today. I was successful in carrying out the course assignments. The only part that was a bit frustrating for me was the Organization Chart, as I had difficulty finding out the roles and responsibilities. It made me realize that even my own administration is not very aware of specific roles and responsibilities of our upper administration. I had never used Slideshare before, but I found it to be very user-friendly. I enjoyed blogging and reading the blogs of other students, and I believe that is something that would benefit me and my teachers in regards to professional learning communities. I am beginning to realize that I am much more open to change than others in my building and in my district. As I discovered new ideas, trends, and technology advances throughout this course, I shared them with others. I received very mixed responses, but most were against any form of change. Most teachers truly believe that they do not have time to add technology to their already demanding instructional programs. I believe that if we do not do this, we will not reach our 21st Century learners and they will not be
  2. 2. prepared to compete in a digital world. I must be an advocate. As an instructional leader, I need to be willing to learn and implement change, and I must model this for others. Blogging is an amazing tool that can benefit not only students and teachers but all stakeholders in the educational community. I see blogging as being very beneficial to teachers, as we can implement blogs in our professional learning communities. This will give others a chance to learn from our ideas and us a chance to reflect and seek advice of others. Students can blog for academic purposes, and this will perhaps help them to use higher order thinking skills. Parents and stakeholders can visit teacher blogs to find out up to date information on the school. I believe that this will truly create a sense of community and belonging. The only concern that I have with blogging is the feedback that may be left. If it gets in the wrong hands, students can use this as a chance to be profane or even negative towards a teacher or school. Blogs must be closely monitored and filtered to prevent this.

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