Saturday, January 16, 2010

Chapter 2

This chapter touched on many things that we, as teachers, really need to be aware of. Throughout our careers we are going to faces many different types of learners and we should be ready for that. Each child is different, everyone learns differently. I think that if we examine our school time encounters we can remember the differences we saw. I remember there was always the child that did awesome with construct things, the one that was great with visuals, the one that could remember anything they read, etc. As a teacher it is vitual to be aware of these things.

Some students are spatial learners, then you have your logical-mathematical learners, there are ones that are interpersonal, intrapersonal, musical, etc. Within each classroom the teacher should be prepare for these learners and adjust their lessons accordingly. There is no way you are going to have one lesson that hits EVERY learner, but if there is a nice overall balance they everyone should learn. We need to use the different types of activities such as developmental, partners, organizing materails into smaller units, simplifing vocabluary, etc to touch everyone. I feel that if these things are done within a room the overall environment will be friendlier to each student.

The push is here to include everyone. We need to be ready for it. There is no better time to start learning! Teaching is an on-going experiences, that is why we do what we do!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Chapter 1 and 13

I really enjoyed Chapter 13. I loved all the ideas of activities to do with the kiddos. I also like that many of them can be adapted down to the level of my little guys! I already do a version of the matching one using dominos. It is a VERY hard concept for them but they LOVE it! I also liked the TARGET style game, I think my (without sounding too dorky) that my family would enjoy this game! I know just last weekend my friends and I actually played 24 (it got in-tense!). I also like that these ideas were easy enough to do anywhere without costing anyone a ton of money! These are all good ideas that would keep all learners activity in one way or another, keeping learning going, and hopefully make it enjoyable. It is important as a teacher to remember these key factors. I also agree that if a learner is activity it needs to be in a productive way, there is nothing worse than "wasted" time.

Chapter 1 was full of good information also. The ideas of different practices were good. REAL-WORLD pracitce sticks out in my head the most. If you can not relate what you are learning to life, or even how it may eventually relate to life, then it is not going to mean as much to anyone. There was also very important things to keep in mind when working in a classroom.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

January 6

I think that reading and writing are two skills that are so important for any student to learn. Even if they are able to simply get the basics it will improve there over all life experiences! I feel that they go together well, if you are able to read then you given a helping hand when writing, with recongizing what words are and such. And visa versa.