NSF GK-12 Teaching Journals 2011-2012 The objective of the journal is to provide fellows with a place through which they can capture their activities and reflections throughout their GK-12 fellowship. Fellows will also use these journal entries to extract information needed for the “Summary Reflections” we will use in evaluation of the successes and the obstacles to achieving the goals of GK-12 Program. Fellows will make at least one journal entry each week (~600 word maximum). Each journal entry should include notes on what the fellow did during the week (hours, tasks, etc.), the challenges and successes experienced, and comments relative to one of the journal discussion topics listed below. The topic discussed each given week is the choice of the fellow, but each topic should be addressed at least once during each semester. Journal Discussion Topics: 1) K-12 Issues Discuss things that happen in the schools or issues that affect what happens in the schools that you were not aware of prior to your experience in the GK-12 program (i.e. No Child Left Behind, funding, student home lives, learning levels, etc.) 2) Fellow-Teacher Team Planning Discuss progress that you have made in cooperating with your teacher and the process you have used to integrate your work into his/her curriculum. Also discuss any coordination or planning you have done with other content areas, teachers, fellows, agencies, and UMD faculty. Describe any issues you have encountered in this area and how you overcame them? 3) Inquiry Teaching Methods Describe what inquiry teaching methods you have been introduced to; which you have mastered; how will you use them in the future? 4) Levels of confidence as communicators of STEM When you started what was your level of confidence in communicating STEM knowledge? If your level of confidence has changed, describe where you would evaluate yourself now, and what contributed to this change. 5) Demonstration of self-reflection and assessment What role does reflection play in your work with learners? What role should it play, discuss any similarities or differences. 6) Interventions to improve your teaching How did you use feedback from teachers or students to improve your teaching effectiveness? What form did that feedback take? 7) Interventions to improve student learning How have you used collaborative review of student work to monitor and adjust your teaching to improve student learning? Describe examples. 8) Levels of interaction with teachers & students Describe changes you have seen in the level or style of communication between you and the teacher and/or students as the year progressed. Discuss why you think those changes have occurred.