I have learned so much so far on my journey through this program and this is only the beginning. Entering the program my biggest want to know focused primarily around engagement. The designs, models and authors have given me so much insight and ideas on how to grab the interest by activating background knowledge/thinking of my learners and how keep their attention through accommodating their individual thinking process with helpful visual and/or technology tools and offering plenty of support to gain students confidence and celebrate their victories.
When I think of SITE Model and it's goals on how to design instruction for my learners and myself as a learner one thing that inspired me was the comparison of literacy vs. mediacy. It discusses reading to learn rather than learning to read. I think I often get caught up with my main objective being my students have to leave the first grade knowing how to read which is very important but there is so much more than that. Through my experiences it is just as equally important to teach students reading is a part of the learning process to help them gather so much more valuable information. I teach them reading is their pathway to getting their brains smarter!