Reflecting on Teaching – There were elements of feedback that I have known to be practiced skills for an educator. For example teachers should return feedback in a timely manner. They should not write offensive or insulting phrases to the student as judgement for their work. Good teachers allow students to correct their own answers and misconceptions and turn in formative assessments multiple times. The logistics of feedback have usually been clear and simple but the content and method, how to give feedback that a student can accept, internalize and grow from, that is an art. Read More »
Designing Coherent Instruction in the area of Learning Activities – When I think of math, what used to come to mind was boring, solitary, repetitive exercises involving memorizing times tables or algorithms. Throughout this program I have learned that the most effective math instruction is creative, engaging, and social. According to Ernst & Ryan (2014), math discourse, or the ways students talk about math, shapes the way they think about it (p. 196). Having students engage in listening, responding, and expressing their thinking process helps them to develop critical thinking habits while at the same time creating that safe and supportive environment where students can try and use different methods. Math discourse not only fundamentally shapes student learning around mathematics but can positively impact classroom environment.
What digital-age tools can I use to effectively design, develop and evaluate learning experiences in a 3rd grade classroom that students can extend or access beyond the classroom?
With the internet at our fingertips, teachers today have access to a multitude of online resources to choose from the enhance learning in their classrooms. Professional development and practice exchanges are no longer limited within school communities, conferences, and local teacher trainings. According to the eighth annual PBS teacher survey on media and technology, one-fourth of teachers in 2010 joined online communities to exchange resources, get information or advice, and connect with fellow teachers from around the world (PBS and Grunwald Associates, 2010). Even while evaluating my own question on digital-age tools and resources I can use in the classroom, I am able to share in online discussions with teachers in my program in other school districts and countries.
4.4 Content Knowledge – Designing Coherent Instruction in the area of Lesson and Unit Structure
Throughout the course General Inquiry and Teacher Assessment Methods (EDU 6150) I have been challenged to change how I approach the process and components of lesson planning. In the past, I had been more concerned with creating engaging learning activities than developing assessment tools for my students. Learning the ‘backwards design’ method where educators carefully consider assessment before designing activities along with studying the edTPA requirements has equipped me with a structured approach lesson planning for my future classroomsRead More »
I first came into Curriculum Design (EDU 60166) with prior experience in creating and teaching lessons and curricula but not with aligning them to any standards, nor having a clear assessment plan for them. Looking back, the practice of ‘unwrapping’ state standards and turning them into a cohesive unit plan was the most intimidating and daunting task.Read More »
Prompt: Over the past few weeks, we have been discussing nature vs nurture, the basics of biological development and a few different perspectives on cognitive development. Please reflect and write about the big ideas that you have learned and the implications for classroom practice.
Recently I have been reflecting on how theories of cognitive development, through biological and environmental factors, have revolutionized my understanding of assessments and turning them into tools that my students can use for learning. As a student I have seen tests and grades as the stamp of value on my knowledge and the ultimate proof that I was succeeding in school. There were times I only performed for the sake of a test, cramming for a test and then forgetting everything afterwards just to get a good grade. Now as I become a teacher, these motivations make me uncomfortable, how can I ease the pressure that extrinsic scores and grades place on students? What are effective ways to encourage my future students to learn for intrinsic value?Read More »