For the topic of this week’s blog was to participate in a twitter chat. I decided to participate in the #saskedchat and I’m not going to lie but it was a bit overwhelming at first. Honestly it went super-fast and tweets were just popping up constantly and I felt that I was getting left behind. I’m pretty sure that I missed the first three questions. I’m not going to lie but I was ready to give up and try another chat at a later time. I decided to stick with it to try to test out a twitter chat and once I kind of got the hang of it, it went pretty well! I’m glad that I stuck with it. I think the whole concept of the twitter chat is pretty cool. It’s really nice to build that online community and see what likeminded people have to say. I’ll admit that I wasn’t sure how Tweetdeck would work but I’m glad that I used it or I wouldn’t have been able to keep up at all. Overall I definitely enjoyed participating in the twitter chat. I really liked seeing what other educators and future educators had to say and how we had either the same or different thoughts. I was surprised with how welcoming everyone was and I liked the resources that others shared. Participating in these twitter chats is something that I would like to participate in on a regular basis.
The value that might come from twitter chats is being able to collaborate with colleagues and peers with the same interests. I think that the twitter chats are a good way to build that positive online presence. I think that the value of twitter chats can be to share resources. Overall I believe that twitter chats can be very beneficial especially if it is a topic that you are focusing on or passionate about.
So if you read my first post you would’ve saw that I decided to learn sign language for my learning project. I set a goal for myself to learn the alphabet this week and to my surprise I picked up on it fairly quickly and I am pretty impressed with myself as I now feel confident that I sign the alphabet no problem! The alphabet seems pretty simple as a lot of letters seem similar to what they are as written letters or a similar to one another. Check out my video below to see this weeks progress. For this week I learned a lot from an ASL app (until I updated my phone and it was no longer supported) and from YouTube.
As for this coming week I have decided to try to learn some common words. I plan on using YouTube again to learn some common words. I’m excited to hear about how everyone’s projects are going!
So I decided to create a feedly account. I searched up #edtech and #education and followed some of the blogs that Katia showed us as examples so I won’t touch too much on those. I then continued on to search up some other blogs that conatined the words teaching, higher education and and classroom management. Although I found multiple blogs I could talk about one that really stood out to me was a blog called “What the teachers want.” Why would I follow this blog you ask? Well first of all the the title is a dead give away as to why I would follow this blog. What I really like about this blog though is the content it provides. It has a lot of resources for different subjects. It provides free organizational printables. They also have this thing called management Monday’s where they provide strategies, games and organization for different topics or ways to teach students. Another blog that I found is the blog “Clutter-Free Classroom.” I like this blog because it gives tips on how to organize you classroom for different situations. One example they give is a sub plan. This blog also gives ways to do a lesson plan based on the time of year and the holiday season. It gives ways to incorporate holiday seasons and holiday décor into your lesson plans.
Through this weeks learnings I learned about need for relatedness. On page 406 of the textbook it is said, “Students who feel a sense of relatedness to teachers, parents, and peers are more emotionally engaged in school” (Furrer & Skinner, 2003). This is so important and shows that having strong relationships are crucial in the success of our students. This is a point that has come up multiple times through the readings.
Another thing I learned is about complex tasks. This discusses that fact that teachers shouldn’t give students homework so tough that they become frustrated but difficult enough that they are able to test their skills and gain more knowledge (391). This is important because often it is assumed that students should receive homework but if they just struggle with it, it is not benefiting them.
One last thing I learned from this weeks reading was about the social learning theory which is “theory that emphasizes learning through observation of others,” (369). This relates to my one connection of modelling behaviour. We can learn a lot from our peers and I think that it is also important to learn from our peers as it gives a different perspective.
One connection I made was with the model of learning by observing others. I think this is a big one in a classroom. You might have students bringing behaviours that they are learning at home whether is is good or bad behaviours. You may see it within the classroom. You may have students acting up in class causing another student to act up. You could also have it have see students model good behaviour. For example if a student is praised for their good behaviour a student might mirror that behaviour.
Another connection I made is with intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation is motivation coming from ones self and extrinsic motivation is motivation that comes from an outside source and can either come from and reward or punishment (401). I think I can relate to this because I always had high expectations of myself to do well in school and doing well in a class or on an assignment was rewarding to me. As well if I did well I would be rewarded by my parents.
One question I still have is how help our students model the good behaviour in the classroom instead of the bad behaviour?
For my learning project I have decided to learn how to do sign language. Although I have never known anyone who is deaf and needs to use sign language I know that it is a possibility that one of my students may use sign language and I would love to be able to communicate with them. Since I have no previous knowledge on the subject I am starting from the very beginning. I plan to first learn the alphabet and work my way up to common words, phrases, ect. My weekly plans are as followed:
Week 1: Learn the alphabet
Week 2: Common words
Week 3: Continue with common words
Week 4: Common Phrases
Week 5: Continue with common phrases
Week 6: String amounts of word together – such as O Canada Week 7-Finish: Continue to build on knowledge and learn new words while learning how to create long sentences and dialogues
My name is Rebecca Roney. I am in my third year at the university and I’m in my second year in the faculty of education. I am currently majoring in chemistry and minoring in mathematics although I am in the process of changing my major to mathematics and my minor to general science. I was born and raised in Moose jaw and I continue to live there while commuting to the university. I graduated from Peacock Collegiate in June 2015.
In my time free time I spend time watching Netflix and hanging out with friends. As well I work part time at Arene’s. I also love to spend time with my dog Tucker.
I have had some experience with educational technology throughout high school and university. In high school I had blogs created for my English classes and created padlets. So far throughout university I have had to blog in all of my education classes. As annoying as I sometimes find blogging I also find it kind of exciting. I like to share my opinions and make a space with my thoughts and ideas. I always tried to stay away from social media based on the fact that bad things could be posted on it but this class has made me realize how important it is to build a good social image for myself. Also here is the link to my twitter page. There isn’t much to look at yet but I look forward to adding to it throughout the semester.
From this weeks readings I learned that when parents get divored the children often struggle the most with it for the first two years after the divorce. The reading discussed that divorce is often harder on boys than girls because of the fact that most times mothers get custody of the children and that leaves boys without a male influence (74). I think that students who’s parents are divorced may struggle with day to day life as they may have parents who don’t get along and have parents who complain about their other parent to them.
Another thing I learned is about the kinds of cognitive loads. There is three types of cognitive loads:
1) Intrinsic – unavoidable
2) Extraneous – avoidable
3) Germane – valuable
These three types of can be explained with the example of a classroom. Intrinsic cognitive load can be shown by the example of having to use an equation to solve a problem. Extraneous cognitive load can be explanied as a student sitting by disruptive students and deciding to move. Finally Germane cognitive load can be explained by using previous knowlegde to help with your current topic (270).
One last thing I learned this week is about multitasking. If the student is a good multitasker they may still struggle with the task they are working on if it is a difficult one. If a student is working on a difficult problem and take time to go on their phone they make take longer to get back into their schoolwork (265-266). This one is a big one as most student believe they can do homework while watching tv and then when it comes time to their homework or there is a test they can’t remember what they’re supposed to do.
One connection I make with this weeks reading was the negative impact obesity plays on students lives. Obesity creates a health problems for students and can create negative relationships with their peers and themselves which could lead to eating disorders. Students who are obese may not be able to keep up with their peers leading to them being left behind (69).
Another connection I made was how the types of parenting styles play a role on students success. Students who have parents that support them but also have high expectations often do better in their classes compared to students who have parents who just give support and have no expectations or students who have no support and just high expectations (73).
One question I still have is how can we incorporate a more active lifestyle into our classroom to help our students become healthier.
Through this weeks readings I learned several things but a few stood out to me. The first thing I learned was that the internal verbal thinking is not stable until about age 12 (53). This explains that children often talk to themselves as they’re learning something new. This fact really interested me because I can remember multiple times in elementary school when teachers asked for complete silence. This could have actually been a detriment to students and made them more confused. It’s important for teachers to allow for some noise in their classrooms because it helps students to develop a better understanding for their learning.
Another thing I learned based on Piaget’s research is that all species tend to gravitate towards tendencies of organization and adaptation (37). I thought this really made sense because it is easy for people to put things they already know into groups in order to make connections with what they know. One example I can think of was one presented to me in a psychology class. The example was a child who knew what a dog was and then saw a cat and believed it was a dog. The child knew that both the cat and dog were both animals and belonged in the same group.
Something else I learned is that ” Reading is not innate or automatic” (33). I found this interesting because although I knew that you’re not born knowing how to read I wasn’t sure how it came about. I find it fascinating how your brain makes connections with things you already know in order to learn how to read.
One connection I made is the importance of a strong support system. The example of the student who answered the math problems wrong and then developed negative feeling towards math (33). Having a strong support system from their teachers would allow them to feel comfortable to make and learn from their mistakes.
Another connection I made is you can’t try to change a student. It is discussed how it is important to try to change the classroom instead of changing a student. I think this is important because as teachers we should try to open our students minds and help them to learn more about the world.
One question I still have is how can we as teachers eliminate our students fear of being wrong and allow them to feel comfortable and confident to make mistakes.