After reading through the University and School of Education documents, and the DEL handbook, and then after designing my mind map on Coggle, I began reflecting on the meaning and value these activities had for me. I believe that it is important to engage in these types of readings when entering a new program and university. For me, one of my biggest takeaways from this assignment was how engaged I felt throughout the process. This was not my initial anticipation, after learning that we would be required to read these documents. Designing a mind map based on these three entities presented me with the opportunity to not only learn their missions and visions, but also build a deeper understanding around their interconnectedness. In reflection, I felt engaged and motivated by the creativity and intentionality of this assignment. According to Ellis (2001/2010), “The search for meaning in classroom experience represents one of the highest, most purposeful and most difficult quests for teachers and students. Few pursuits have greater metacognitive potential” (p. 106). This assignment was a practical experience that helped me to grow in my ability to use a new web tool, while also providing me with an opportunity to demonstrate my knowledge of the content.
Part of my reasoning for using the Search for Meaning assessment strategy was because I found that the reflective questions provided invoked inquiry in my reflection. One of the questions that Ellis (2001/2010) asks you to reflect on from the Search for Meaning strategy is, “‘Are all of us, not just some of us involved”’ (p.107)? It was wonderful to have the freedom to visually represent this information and allow for individual interpretation. I believe that my classmates and I grew from this experience because it helped us to recognize the core values that drive the DEL program, and the way in which they fit underneath the School of Education and University’s mission and vision. For example, on my Coggle mind map I chose to connect SPU’s School of Education with the DEL program through the core commitments in each of their mission statements. The Digital Education Leadership M.Ed. Program Student Handbook (2019) states that the mission of the program is to, “Prepare individuals for competence, character, service, and leadership as digital education leaders in K-12, higher education, and other formal and informal learning settings” (p.3). Additionally, the School of Education Conceptual Framework (2019) states that, “The mission of the Seattle Pacific University School of Education is to equip educators for service and leadership in schools and communities by developing their professional competence and character, to make a positive impact on learning” (para. 2). Designing my mind map helped me to analyze these documents and find relationships amongst them. Through this assignment I felt empowered to take the information I gained from exploring the various documents, and apply it by showing how I felt they were connected. After reading through these university documents, and completing the related mind map and reflection assignment, I am excited to continue to grow in learning intentional ways to create influence and impact.
Ellis, Arthur K. (2001/2010). Teaching, learning, & assessment together: the reflective classroom. [PDF file]. Search for meaning. (pp. 106-108). Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0B5W5P9bQJ6q0QUdWeU96MF9sdk0
Digital Education Leadership M.Ed. Program Student Handbook. (2019, Aug. 18). [Docs]. Retrieved from https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KiAhc0yl2CLY7nVxc-Br5vpJtx03144SW62c4QIm7vE/edit#
School of Education Conceptual Framework. (2019). Retrieved from https://spu.edu/academics/school-of-education/about/four-commitments/conceptual-framework