Thursday, February 21, 2013

Chapter 7 QTC

Make a list of the sequence of skills necessary for ultimate mastery of the content of your lesson through a constructivist approach. 
- Students need to open their minds to the fact their beliefs may need revision. For example, they may have an idea of what culture means, but they should reflect on this while listening to how other students or myself define and explain it.
-Social constructivism skills. I will encourage a lot of classmate collaboration during my lessons. Students can communicate their ideas with each other, and build off of what others know. This can be anything from group discussion, projects, and other activities.  

I think it is also important to consider concept generation in my lesson. For example, if my class was doing a lesson on culture, I would want them to compare and contrast different cultures. For a constructivist student, they may think about the knowledge they are consuming instead of the actual facts about each culture. For example, if they created their own Venn Diagrams on two cultures, they would recognize that they have the ability to compare and contrast. 

Which of these learning activities/skills lend themselves to student’s individual or group construction?  How might you structure learning activities that lead students to discover these skills/these principles?

   Encouraging students to collaborate is something I find to be very helpful. Even as a college student, I believe I still learn best from building off of my peer's ideas. Also, each student has a different way to interpret concepts, such as culture. I will want to encourage my students to share their individual thoughts and ideas with myself and the class so we can create a community of learning. After today's class discussion, I realized many different activities I could apply to this one, simple standard. I had so many ideas, that it would be hard to narrow it down to a single approach. One idea would be to bring in someone from a different culture, and have them talk to the students about their culture and the uniqueness of it. Students could then compare their own culture to that of the speaker and experience it firsthand. Social constructivism may come in group discussions and collaboration on group projects. For example, I could give the students the opportunity to research a culture they are interested in (in groups). The groups could create a poster or some type of visual to present to the class. Not only would students get to research and be creative, but they can also present the material to other students at a level that is easy for them to comprehend. 

1 comment:

  1. Shelby,

    I really enjoyed your thoughts on collaboration. It is all I can talk about lately because it is so beneficial for us as teachers, and for our students to learn as well. I think your ideas for approaching this kind of learning will really help your student's knowledge expand and grow. You also talked about their beliefs may need revision so what better way to give them that opportunity than to allow them to hear from your, classmates, or visitors on a topic who could completely change the way they may view it.