EDET 677 Week 8 Can you teach more than you know?
What I took away from this week’s reading is less instruction and lectures, and giving our students more opportunities to take ownership in their own learning (Martinez, et.al., loc. 3965). One of the ways we can do this is to teach students at an early age, responsibility. We can teach our kindergarteners how to properly take out and put away tools and materials, and as they get older find more ways to challenge them and take on more responsibility (loc. 3973).
We can teach students how to rely less on the teacher, and more on their peers. “Three before me,” is a motto that I would like to incorporate in my classroom (loc. 3973). This is where students need to ask three of their peers for help before going to the teacher. I think this method will help students learn to take on responsibility at an early age, and in turn “it benefits them as they learn leadership, mentoring, and collaboration skills,” (Martinez, et.al., loc 3999).
According to Barseghian, there are three trends that define the future of teaching and learning. The first is collaboration. “Collaboration is finding its way into curriculum with open-source sites to which everyone is encouraged to contribute.” Barseghian says the idea is “by working together students figure out how to find common ground, balance each others’ skills, communicate clearly, and be accountable to the team for their part of the project.”
The second trend is using technology-powered tools like Google Maps, Wii, Voice Thread, Skype, etc. “The better able students are to create and communicate with media, the better connected they’ll be to global events and the working world.” (Barseghian, 2011). The last trend is blended learning. “Blended learning is combining computers with traditional teaching.” This is where teachers use home-time online discussions, and use class-time for collaborative projects.
According to Hudson, students want to bring what they’re doing outside of the classroom into their lives at school. They want to learn thru mobile devices, collaborate and use social media. Our students will gladly tell us what their favorite sites are or daily apps. We can use this as a way to incorporate their interests into some of their projects.
I think what it all means is teaching our students how to be independent learners, how to solve problems on their own, make mistakes, and try again. I think these are life lessons and skills they need to learn thru experiences, not from the teacher. “The time you spend with students discussing options and choices you are making will benefit your classroom in the long run,” (loc. 4035).
Barseghian, Tina. “Three Trends That Define the Future of Teaching and Learning.” MindShift. N.p., 5 Feb. 2011. Web. 05 July 2016.
Martinez, S. L., & Stager, G. (n.d.). Invent to learn: Making, tinkering, and engineering in the classroom. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
Trierweiler Hudson, Hannah. “Do Your Students Know More About Technology Than You Do? | Scholastic.com.” Scholastic Teachers. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 July 2016.