Reading Response 3

I thought the readings were eye opening in the sense of moving away from the traditional way of teaching, and inviting teachers to actually allow their students to infer and actually be active in their learning journey. “By inviting students to think about questions they have about themselves and their world, we create an environment that instantly engages kids. We create a dynamic of collaboration and mutual respect among students and with teachers.” (Brown and Knowles, 165) While teaching the lesson, you want students to think critically, but also allow them to expand their minds to the world they are living in on a daily basis. I feel that students would enjoy the lessons more knowing that their ideas and thoughts are meaningful to their learning.

Technology specifically will be implemented within my classroom being that I work in a building that incorporates Google Classrooms. “Children don’t get ideas; they make ideas...” (Kafai & Resnick, 1996, p. 1.). With that being said, it’s incorporating a classroom where I am teaching but students have the opportunity to bring their own authentic ideas from their perspective and world into the lessons that I will be teaching. It is difficult on how I will be able to use technology in my classroom and citing with to the article, We, Robot: Using Robotics to Promote Collaborative and Mathematics Learning in a Middle School Classroom. There really aren’t many teachers in the English field who are given the budget to bring in robots, or think about using robots in their classroom. I am aware of a teacher who Dr. Ardito told me about, who uses robots, and has the students reenact or summarize a play. “Essentially, play provides children the opportunity to transform real-world objects and event.” (Ardito) My main objective is to have my students forget that they are in school and are comfortable enough to think of their world, and bring it into the classroom. The only way students can really learn and are engaged while learning, is by having them relate to something they know really well. 

    • Gerald Ardito
      Gerald Ardito

      Tabitha,

      Once again, you have done an excellent job in your response. What most strikes me is that I feel like I can "see" your engagement with the students you will have in the fall. They seem already real to you, as your commitment to them is already real through your writing.

      This line stuck out for me:

      While teaching the lesson, you want students to think critically, but also allow them to expand their minds to the world they are living in on a daily basis.

      The question for you is how you plan on maintaining this type of critical thinking day in and day out for you and your students?

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