Computer programming can be a difficult subject to teach. Many
of my students struggle with the abstract concepts of computer
programming. As I have worked my way through the MSEd program I
have found many strategies to help me reach students who struggle and
those who came in for an easy "A" go above and beyond their
I was able to implement a strategy or method from every class in the
program and instantly apply them in my classes. There were so many
areas that have had a great impact on my teaching career in the MSEd
program. The areas that have stood out the most for me were
Instructional Strategies Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. In these
classes I had the opportunity to apply learning styles into my classroom
along with teaching strategies that I have found to be very helpful.
I believe trying out new strategies on my students have inspired some to
go above and beyond what they expected to do in my class.
Being aware of the learning styles has helped me to understand why a
student may have a difficult time learning computer programming or
databases. I now have a wide range of lessons and assignments that
can be given to a student to motivate them to excel. The "hook and
hold" strategies were also very helpful in motivating my students.
I am now always on the lookout for ideas for my classes.
Reflection and Goals
As I look back to the first class that I took in the
MSEd program, I have realized how much I have learned. The program
brought to light many issues I would never have considered. For
instance, an equitable classroom. It made me question how I treat
each of my students. I have worked through and have changed many
aspects of my procedures and policies to make sure that I have an
As I continue to move forward in my teaching career, I
will be be working toward the following goals.
Update Class Content - In the field of technology
it is essential to keep up to date with the latest version of software
and books. I will look at each one of my classes every semester to
ensure I am teaching the latest technology.
Learning and Development - Keeping up with the
latest methods in technology is always a challenge. I will look at
each class to see what new skills I can develop to keep myself up to
Lesson Plans - Review old lesson plans and look
for places I can implement the new strategies I have learned in the MSEd
Mission Statement - Read and review my mission
statement every semester.