This month, we finally put all of that brainstorming and researching and planning into practice. Yes, this month we finally get to work on our projects! When I first covered the Reviewing Phase, I said it was important to the personal learning environment (PLE) because it promotes active and deep learning.
One of the best ways to learn a new concept is to get your hands dirty with it. If you’ve been following along all year, you’re fairly well aware of this. If you’ve been reading this blog for any period of time, you’re definitely aware of this. When you actively engage with material, it affects you on a deeper level because you’re connecting with it. You’re seeing for yourself what happens when you do something, and what happens when you alter what you’re experiencing. That leaves an imprint on you.
That’s also why we call it the Reviewing Phase. Yes, you’re doing. You’re creating. You’re applying. But you’re also observing your results, and making decisions based on those results. You’re constantly analyzing your work, looking for better ways to get from your research and plans to a finished project. There’s a lot going on in this phase, and we’re going to look at through the same lenses we’ve reviewed the other phases.
The Reviewing Phase is your chance to play, to practice, to get into your project and really have fun with it. It’s going to be hard work, but at the end of it, you’re going to have an awesome product and be a changed person. So let’s get going!