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Interactive Ideas

I enjoyed learning about the interactive activities.  I especially liked the Fish bowl exercise. 

Not enough time

The largest struggle that I deal with, is finding the time to prepare lessons. Without sufficient time to prepare, lessons look incomplete and are not as effective. 

Instructor Wisdom

Learn about each student see there challenge's that they might face. We were there once a while before What did you learn? what would you change ? All in all stress must not be a negative term but use our better side to the positive areas in all of us.

Sharing

While it is important to share our life experiences with the students, too much information may create a loss of creditability.

Wisdom

One should maintain integrety at all times.

Jigsaws, fishbowls, and learning logs

I have learned some new techniques.  Jigsaws can help students become an expert in a certain task and come back together.  Fishbowls can have some students in a circle in discussion with others outside taking notes.  Learning logs can help students becasue they write down what they learned and any confusion.  This can help the teacher clarify items at the next clastime.

What I have learned

In my courses, we have a large amount of information that students must cover for each course. It is very important that they do so in order to grasp the concepts that they will need to demonstrate competence. With this in mind, I am trying to go from an understanding level to more emphasis on analyzing. So, here goes

Understanding 30%- This is pre class 

                                Student pre tests with cut score of 70% 

                               Student synopsis of chapters assigned: they can use the synopsis for their study guide

                               Key term worksheet  

    Instructor lead= review of concepts and provision of mini lecture videos ( these can be given at lecture and used for continued study)

Applying 40% - in lecture case studies with small group work 

                    - class discussion of topics with rationale and guidance by the instructor

                    - Use of in class quizzing and polls to identify muddy issues

Analyzing 20% - post quizzes

                      -reflection and journalling by student

                      - performance on standardized testing

Evaluation 10% - individual feedback on assignments with student

                       -Mandatory self reflection on performance from students with modifications to their own study plans

                      -instructor evaluation of student performance and mid and end of course. 

 

ACTION PLAN

I believe that the levels of Bloom's are all important and that students would "buy in" more if they are all introduced to the students in a way that includes the importance. This could give students motivation to want to achieve the highest level that they can because they will have an understanding and common goal with the educator.

My plan is to have a mini-lesson on Bloom's with my classes and use choice boards that have various activities under each level.

Changes to my aproach.

Changes that I entend to & are currently implementing are.

  • Clearer grading matrix's & ruberics.
  • Reading my students better.
  • Implementing lesson plan from a specific text book very relevemnt & current to the course I am teaching.
  • Using more visuals in the class settings.

 

 

Allowing students to take tests if missed

I have found that only pre planned abcences, or proven issues that arose just before the test, should be reasons to allow the test ot be taken after the test deadline, and then, be sure to chage the test for thst student, or students.

Big Plans!

I haven't been teaching for very long, but I've definitely noticed that working on affective performance objectives would be very useful. Everything starts with student attitude and motivation, and if you can't encourage and guide them, it all turns sour. The students that succeed in the field are the ones who go the extra mile, care about what they do, and are dedicated to continuously improving their skill set. It's difficult to watch a student put in the bare-minimum, but you can only want their success as much as they do. However, I've also seen students whose attitudes towards their own skills start negatively, but as they work and progress they change into confident creatives. The gradual rise in skill and confidence shows them they have the capability to succeed, and they strive to keep climbing.

Action Plan: To work on creating some solid performance objectives for my fall courses.

Best Practices: Class critique sessions on student projects. Everyone brings a really attitude of constructive critique to the sessions, so students get to learn how to take criticism, give it, and apply it to make a better design. 

Successes: My graduates like to stay in contact with me and let me know how they're doing. Many are employed very quickly after graduating, and I get to brag them up to my students and they get psyched to know they can thrive in the field. 

Challenges: I'm still finding my teaching style, and the courses have given me a lot of great methods to integrate into my courses. I definitely need to have less word heavy presentations, my poor students!

Curtis Blanton Action Plan

Action Plan:

List stressors 

Determine the stressors that can be eliminated.

Determine how to cope with those that cannot be eliminated.

 

Planning:

Check email daily.

Learn to use slideeshow software to enhance teaching.

 

Instructional Planning for student success

Being an educator for the 10+ years it is always good to expend your knowledge. The central idea of the course is that the learning must be student centered. Unfortunately it is not always possible to have desired flexibility to accomodate all different styles of student learning. 

What's New.

Most of what I ahave seen jibes with what I have learned in other courses. However, some of the content did not reflect current sources in media, instructional material, assessment and evaluation. Has there been any new innovations? Perhaps what is presented represents how our educational system has become stagnated.

Perhaps, we will get to that as I progress through.

Assignment Deadlines

Whatever policy you establish for turning in work, stick to it.

Personality

A persons personality can impact their performance as a teacher. Be genuine.

Education

Always important to revisit the basics education!!!

STUDENTS AND THEIR COMMUNITIES

THE MAIN ISSUE OF LEARNING IN ORDER TO CORRECT UNWANTED BEHAVIORS BY MAKING THE STUDENTS PARTICIPANTS OF THE SOLUTIONS.

THE IMPORTANCE OF ACQUIRING EXPERIENCE THROUGH COMMUNITY WORK WILL HELP IN TWO VERY IMPORTANT WAYS, IT WILL HELP THE STUDENT TO LEARN AND SEE THE PRACTICALITY OF WHAT HE LEARNED AND SECONDLY IT WILL BENEFIT THE COMMUNITY BY RECEIVING HELP AND SERVICES THAT OTHERWISE THEY WOULD NOT.

PARTICIPATION IN SOLVING THE COMMUNITY'S NEEDS AND PROBLEMS WILL MAKE OF THE STUDENTS BETTER MEMBERS OF THOSE AND MAKE CHANNEL THEIR TIME INTO SOLUTIONS INSTEAD OF CREATING SOME ADDITIONAL PROBLEMS.

Data is more important than educators

According to Practical Applications for Adaptive Learning (ED128) course, it is the power of Data that is fundatmental to improving the performance of individual students.  Pardon me if I believe the correct answer should still be educator, who motivates the student to use Adaptive Learning tools in the first place.

self-regulation skills

I can't agree more on promoting students' self-regulation skills in evaluating self, monitoring the progress and working on strategies to achieve final goals with some assistance from the instructor. Learning is a two-way street and students have some responsibilities too.