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Reflective Teaching Journal for Virtual Tutors

Purpose: Through this reflective teaching journal I will keep a record and monitor what happened through
the lessons. Then I will self-assess my own teaching practice by analyzing, reflecting and setting an action
plan to improve my teaching performance. [Adapted from Richards, J. (1996). Reflective Teaching in Second
Language Classroom. CUP]

Student
Laura Melissa Marchan Saenz Course English III Date 02/09/2019 Week No. 1
tutor
UNIMINUTO virtual y a
Institution Cooperating virtual tutor Ximena Bahamón
distancia (UVD)

Week Reflection Questions


1 What sort of online tools and other resources will I start using to support the students’ learning process?
2 What problems on the platform did I encounter this the week? How did I deal with them?
3 How can I promote the use of L2 in a virtual environment when foreign language acquisition is the main
focus?
4 How effective was the evaluation of the project? What things can be improved regarding assessment of
learning outputs?
5 What changes should I make to my role as a virtual tutor after having received feedback on my teaching
assessment performance?
6 What other foreign language teaching approaches can be implemented in a virtual learning environment to
promote L2 acquisition?
7 How would I evaluate my performance in the videoconferences? How would I describe the performance of
the students?
8 What problems have you encountered in your role as an online language teacher? i.e. Use of different e-
learning tools to promote the practice of language skills, follow-up on special cases, learning difficulties,
being on time with your responsibilities as a tutor, etc. What solutions have you applied for the problems you
have encountered?
9 What changes should I make to my role as a virtual tutor after having received feedback on my teaching
assessment performance?
10 What aspects of a virtual tutor are useful in my development as a language teacher in the classroom?
11 What were the most effective and the least effective units of the online course?
12 What research problem would you formulate if you were to improve something on the English course you
have recently taught?

Reflective analysis and literature review


Description
(analysis of why it happened, initial ideas of
(what actually happened)
improvement + Theoretical support)
Minimum 2 authors

WEEK nº 1
What sort of online tools and other resources will I Learning with technology has become essential today.
start using to support the students’ learning Technology in one way or another has always been part
process? of the learning of all students but it becomes an
indispensable tool and is part of the teacher's
There are too many technological tools that can be professional toolbox in virtual courses such as English
used to improve and assist in the process of learning, III. Knowing how to use this tool is important for the
teaching and guiding students of virtual English. successful development of activities.
In the virtual classroom there are digital learning The technological tools are quite a lot and they have a
resources that include the content of the sessions that great variety which must be used to improve and take
include the learning activities. These activities in turn advantage of them to do the right activities and learn
contain images, videos, texts and audios that show the more about the topics covered.
information of each activity and that support their
development. Morison, Julia (2018) suggests some ways in which
technology improves education such as:
However, having several tools available to students, I
decided to look for new ways to support the learning 1. Digital Simulations and Models
process for students, since the first week was to give In traditional learning it is sometimes difficult for
them some tips to begin a good process in the field. students to get a concept. Digital simulations and
These resources were presented to students through models can help students not only better understand
video conferences and messaging, such as: Making various disciplines, but also get acquainted with the
slides showing them different pages and apps that they wonders of the modern world.
have at their disposal to learn and investigate more
about the topics covered in each of the units. I also Plus, technology has also proved to be a helping hand
gave them some programs and shows they find on for teachers who sometimes find it hard to explain
YouTube to improve their language skills. certain things within the boundaries of a physical
classroom. Tech-savvy teachers are able to prepare
As a tutor, I also decided to learn how to use the their lessons in a more strategical manner by including
Moodle in which the virtual classroom is developed in different types of text, activity models, and interactive
order to provide a better explanation and better controls for students.
development of student activities and projects, so when
there were doubts and questions regarding these issues 7. Online Groups Collaboration
or the use of The platform I would have the knowledge The idea of group study has been improvised in the
to answer them. cyber world. Now, the students don’t need to get
together physically; online collaboration platforms
make things done. There, not only students can discuss
and chat, but also share documents and notes. This
practice turns out to be a great option if you are
assigned a group project.

For example, this form is very useful for English III


students since they must develop a collaborative
project in which they make use of the different tools to
communicate and develop the work.

According to Michel and Lockyer (2013) “Student


attention and engagement with these resources helps
them to process the information into working memory.
When students meaningfully interact with the
multimedia information, they encode this information
into their long-term memory. This meaningful
interaction might involve learning activities within the
digital resource itself and/or as a lesson that is created
by the teacher.” (Pag. 9,10)

And while it is true that students are more interested in


technology because they use it every day, it is always
important to create an interest for students to use
technology to learn and develop activities better.

For me it became a challenge to improve my skills


with technology since I did not make proper use of
them for my learning and I did not use them to teach.
Since I started the practice as a virtual tutor, I knew
that I had to acquire several skills that would help me
in my process with this practice. For this same reason I
successfully completed my practicum to the virtual
classrooms.

References (Include 2 references)


1). Morison, Julia. (2018). 8 Ways Technology Improves Education. France: eLearning Industry. Retrieved from:
https://elearningindustry.com/technology-improves-education-8-ways

2). Michelle, J. E. (2013). Tools for learning: technology and teaching strategies. Australia. Deputy Vice-
Chancellor (Academic) – Papers. University of Wollongong of Australia. Pag. 1-23