Saturday, June 21, 2014

Final Thoughts on ED5410

Final Thoughts.  I'm very appreciative for all the work and assistance by Dr. Smirnova. In all honesty, this was of the most challenging classes I've taken at the college. I strongly considered opting out and trying again in the Fall but I do not quit. My intent was to stay the course and more importantly, learn something new !

I've learned so much in the last 5 weeks that I simply wished we had more time. We were able to witness firsthand the idea of the flipped classroom, learning based on less teaching. I am very thankful to read and research the selected theorists mentioned in the course.

I stand by my belief that constructivism in teaching is a practical and effective approach. No theory stands alone which is why I embrace all of the work done by the theorists in helping us to understand how children learn. I often thought that the development of learning was rather quit simple entering the course. I now realize that it is much more complex than I thought. Rather, I now reflect on how I look at myself as a learner; kinestic and hands on.

I'm grateful for the presentations given by my fellow classmates introducing us to Vygotsky, Montessori, Gardner and my pick, Jerome Bruner. Piaget and Skinner should not be left out. Importantly, each makes a major contribution to the study of education and research in learning.

Throughout this course, I further learned about several new software and applications that I never knew existed. All of which by the way i am now using, including :Google doc,  Google Share and presentations, Kahoot - online game for the classroom, Prezi for presentations,, Livebinder - e-folio, screencast-o-matic, - for maps and several more.

Thank you again for ED5410. I look forward to exploring again in the near future ! 

Blog Reflection on my Theorist Presentation

For my theorist, i chose Jerome Bruner. Jerome Bruner is truly one of the fathers of cognitive development. Coining the term 'scaffolding,'  Bruner is a key contributor to the constructivist movement in education.

See my presentation here!

Looking on my Paper and Presentation, I am thrilled that i had to the opportunity to spend time researching about Dr Bruner. Much of what he says in my opinion i hold dear to in my opinion. Bruner, at the age of 98, continues to teach at NYU.

Podcast #5

Anita Woolfolk Podcast: 5;  Dr Woolfolk discusses the multiple theories in education. No theory is favored over another. It is up to us to embrace theories that fits to our needs with an open mind to others. No theory is implied as the best.

Each approach to learning has been studied for many years. Each theory touches on an aspect of learning in education.

Behavioral Theories: behavioral help us understand the role of consequences in learning. consequenes in practice

Cognitive Theories: students ability to pay attention

Constructivist Theories: how student understand and make sense of the meaning.

Teachers need the best of all three approaches. all three are important.

Anita Podcast #4

Anita Woolfolk Podcast #4 Self - Esteem
"What is the difference between self-concept and self-esteem? Should teachers focus on building self-esteem? Is there a better approach to helping students build a positive sense of self. Listen to Anita describe the findings on self-concept, self-esteem, and self-efficacy and explain the differences among these important concepts in educational psychology."

Think about the 'selves' we talk about in our society. Selves in the teaching of learning:
Self Esteem : Personal evaluation about yourself , self worth, in the present

Self Efficacy: is the extent or strength of one's belief in one's own ability to complete tasks and reach goals.
beliefs about the future

Self-efficacy focuses on the abilities to perform a personal task. No direct relationship between self-efficacy and self - esteem.  Self efficacy is needed in the classroom, its task specific, motivating and liberating.
Situation specific.

Anita Podcast # 3

Anita Woolfolk discusses the importance of culture in the classroom. 18% of the United States population speaks a language other than English. Half them speak speak Spanish. By 2020, over 66% of all school aged children in the US will be African American, Native American, Asian or Hispanic.

What we need to remember is how different our cultures are and how might we interpret something as disrespect when its really a misunderstanding, ie: maintaining eye contact, or group work, or writing something in red.

Anita recommends the website The website is designed at developing an effective learning environment for ELL Learners. Highly recommend it!


C - E - R #14 Teaching from Different Perspectives

C - E - R #14 Teaching from Different Perspectives

C - E - R # 13 What's your classroom like?

C - E - R #13 What's your classroom like?

My future classroom will be unique. I want it to be a center for discovery. Learners of all ages will be excited to enter the room. My room will have themes, hands-on experimenting, labs and fun.

I invite to direct you to my video of Integrating Psychology into my classroom. I talk about of this topic in the video. Click here. 

EVALUATE/RELATE: Classroom Management. I found a book that was remarkable in discussing classroom management. The book is written by educators that have spent many years in the practice of teaching.

My book:  The First Days of School by Harry Wong. Rather than do a webquest, I offer a suggestion what I feel to be a great addition to any teachers toolbox including veterans. This book can radically change any classroom and set the tone for a great year.