Journal Reflection

by Diana Knight

I chose to do my reflection in because I like to add multimedia resources to my writing and I've been wanting to try out this program to see how I can use it in my work.

W8WW1: Course Summary

My first impulse is to say that I probably will not use ADDIE, but then, when I really think about it I'm already using many of the concepts. As teachers many of the concepts come naturally, on the fly, thinking on our feet, redirect, reinforce, reteach, and of course, with the explosion of data collection, we are ready using ADDIE concepts as part of such initiatives as SLOs and S.M.A.R.T. goals. Each year I have to select two goals based on student data for something to improve. I realize that ADDIE concepts are very much a part of collecting and analyzing data to find the right instructional fit for the target group of students. Using the data analysis, we construct the design and follow through on improvement, with check points throughout the year to see how the ID is working.

I guess when I think about all that ADDIE encompasses, it's a bit overwhelming for the day to day teaching lessons. I think ADDIE is probably best suited for comprehensive trainings, new initiatives, or consulting work, especially when you get down to the cost effectiveness for a specific training for an industry.

In many ways, I feel that the amount of data we are collecting is out of control. Education reform desperately needed to provide some accountability to teacher effectiveness and student achievement, and many of the initiatives are great, but we've gone towards the other side and have gone haywire on data. Standardized testing, common assessments, pre and post assessments are all we do, often we ask, when are we really teaching? Hardly a week goes by that I'm not asked to complete a survey of some sort. We have all of this data, so now what? As teachers, I'm not sure we know what to do with the data.

Data analysis while it's supposed to be objective information, data can be easily manipulated and subjective. Analyzing data is probably the single most important professional development opportunity for teachers at this time. I question, what do we do with this data to teach children and what are the best practices required to get the most out of our teaching? How do we do this well and keep the learning engaging and motivating for students? I feel that some of concepts are overdone and have become automatic and robotic-like. If I feel inundated with reflections, surveys, evaluations and assessments, I wonder how students are feeling? How many classes a day are doing the exact same thing, with teachers over collecting data while never really making progress on what to do with the said data.

I added a few interesting infographics that I found. I particularly find Ms. Bullen's Data-Rich Year to be truthful. This graphic points out the process we go through each year, the problem is that this is the same process the students go through the next year and the following year. Educators are always looking for the problem and solution, but poor Joey did not get a handle on his situation until spring. If Joey set his goals by November perhaps a greater portion of the year would have seen greater success and progress.

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I also question that data analysis is very scientific, while teaching should be a wonderful balanced blend of art and science. With too many educators focused on the science, what happens to the art of teaching? Another infographic, Classroom Data Myths states that data-driven instruction encourages innovative approaches to teaching. I think the statement is correct, but again, teachers need more support on how to analyze the data and what to do with data to become more innovative.

I think that ADDIE and its concepts are a good band wagon to hop on, but as in all things, it should be taken in moderation. Each learning experience is different and has a whole set of challenges and objectives. An innovative educator is one that has many tools at their disposal, and ADDIE would be a good tool to have in the right circumstance or learning experience.

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Diana Knight

EDT-892 Instructional Design