Using an Efficacy Notebook for Reflection and Connection

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You will design and learn to use a Digital Efficacy Notebook (from to capture your ideas, questions, insights, and connections as you continue to engage in work around equity-related topics in education.

This activity is estimated to take 10 minutes initially and then varies upon use.

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“While empowerment is bestowed upon you by someone else, efficacy comes from within: it is your own ability to decide upon a desired outcome and make it happen.” — Dr. Nancy Sulla, Building Executive Function: The Missing Link to Student Achievement 

As educators, we want students to not only be empowered but efficacious. We want students to have the confidence in their ability to make a plan and see that plan come to fruition, for that is efficacy! To this end, a traditional student notebook is set up as a teacher-centered organizational tool for students, where each page likely has similar, if not the same, information on it, based on the teacher’s actions. However, the Efficacy Notebook is student-centered, designed to reflect an individual student’s learning. It provides a means for students to make connections to what they are learning and apply it to the larger problem they are trying to solve. 

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As you explore continued professional learning around Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education and issues related to equity, create an Efficacy Notebook to house your reflections, connections, thoughts, questions, and ideas. Obtain either a paper notebook or journal or create a digital document (Google Doc, Microsoft Word, etc.). Start your first entry by answering these questions:

  • What are your major takeaways about Culturally Responsive-Sustaining
  • Education and issues related to equity from these modules?
  • How have you changed your instructional practice thus far as a result of these modules?
  • What additional learning experiences will you pursue to continue to grow comfortable and confident with the content?