EDTC 6202 winter Community Engagement Project report and Reflect
In the Past
When I first read the book “Understanding by Design”. At first, I feel very much in agreement with those shared. Because the situations mentioned in the examples often happen to me. Just I was so complacent I thought I was doing a good job. I quickly realized that I had been guilty of these problems in teaching.
As “Understanding by Design” raise both focused on activity and coverage (Wiggins, G., & McTighe, J. 2005). Both always happen in my teaching. I find it is hard to balance and easy to lost focus. Also, forget the purpose of the lesson. I always want to go into every detail, and I thought this can make sure my students understand. I ignore the learner’s attention to a deeper understanding of the course. As a result, learners lose interest in the class. In turn, discourage learning.
Secondly, n order to increase students’ interest in the classroom, or to manage the classroom order, I will enter another side of the problem, which is to arrange different types of activities and experiences, hoping to try to increase students’ interest in learning through the process of activities. But this extreme way, lead my class to fall into too many activities, and as a result, there was still no way to bring students to the topic. It is also difficult to ensure that they can deeply understand the course orders.
Although I still far away get used to this method. However, this experiment convinced me that it helps increase focus. Eliminates the need for achievement and reduces too much unnecessary information. Let me spend more time thinking about how to improve students’ understanding and interest in this topic. Also more easy to balance the activity and coverage.
About my project
I design to develop a course for The organization I serve, and study about Business as Mission (B.A.M); and how to implement and apply those concepts in all participant-owned businesses. Learners participating in the training should be able to understand what is Business As Mission and carry out it in action to a certain extent in their daily business environment. Participants should be able to define and represent what is Business As Mission. And how they do it in their version. At the end of the course, learners will ask to team up and host an online event. They need to introduce the Business as Mission concept and present their testimonies of transformation to the online event guest. The training will also include different digital and technology tools. To enhance the learners can handle the online event smoothly. The course will also provide training on two or three major webinars and supporting tools. Make sure learners understand how to operate and deal with basic troubleshooting.
For information about BAM, please visit the following website:
In the past, we tried many ways to explain and teach BAM knowledge in the organization. We thought that as long as we told all the information to the members once, they would understand it. But as a result, after repeating it many times, the trainees expressed that they had understood it, but in fact, they still did not understand the topic at all, and even had biased thinking.
Therefore, we attach great importance to the design courses. Through reflection, students think over and over again four principles of BAM as a standard. And define what that have done best and what they need to be improve. And relate the concept with their Christian Life.
So we tried to completely give up the knowledge and created a series of activities and competitions for students to participate in, hoping that they can understand what BAM is all about during the activities. But the result is currently unsuccessful. The trainees are only busy with various behaviors in the special activities, but there is still no opportunity for them to deeply think about how to apply this BAM model to their lives and daily business behaviors.
Because of that we try to develop a KIP system and try to help ours learners keep check with their shot team goals and mission, and hop to keep not not be lost on action but forgot the minding behind the the activity .
Although this course has not been completed, it did achieve certain results in the initial implementation. It seems that we can balance our college to acquire knowledge about BAM on the one hand, and on the other hand, through group mutual assistance and guided practice, we are beginning to feel the students’ appreciation of Understanding gradually increases.
We estimate that the biggest challenge we face is how to effectively evaluate whether our students really understand that I can implement BAM thinking and models. Because in fact, many parts of the entire course are assessed by the students themselves. But I believe that the last exercise B we designed is to ask students to hold and produce an online conference, and in this conference they need to share what they have learned in the course and introduce the relevant BAM and be invited to participate in the online seminar guests. According to Six Facets of Understanding (Wiggins, G., & McTighe, J. 2005) In the process, we should be able to assess whether the student has reached Can explain and interpret. Thought support group and KPI, they should about to help each others go deeper in apply, perspective and empathize. Although I am not sure whether the retreat is suitable for everyone, I believe that appropriate spaces and quiet opportunities should help students deepen what they have learned through the experience, and at the same time, they should also help them set clear goals and goals. Recognize the mission. So as to achieve self-knowledge.
My full Learning Plan can be download here:
Wiggins, G., & McTighe, Jay. (2005). Understanding by design (Expanded 2nd ed., Gale virtual reference library). Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Plummer, J., (2018), What is business as mission?, https://businessasmission.com/get- started/#tab-id-1
Biblical Foundations for Business as Mission, https://businessasmission.com/get-started/#tab- id-3
SEEBECK, & STONER, T., (2009) My business, My Mission, Partners Worldwide Johnson, C.N., (2009) Business AS Mission, Inter Varsity Pass