Seymour Reading Response

Papert wrote a logo program where he created a star field as opposed to writing each one by hand. The start field isn't more difficult than drawing shapes, it's not better, it's just different. When he first wrote it, it was more complex but then he simplified it when teachers showed him a teacher's different way at a teacher's workshop. Kids discovered it during their first sit down with the program. Turtle Blocks gives us a pipeline from how we move our bodies to the study of geometry.

Seymour's video resonated with me because he talked about allowing children to explore and problem solve because children learn through experience. If something doesn't work the first time, then they shall try, try, try again. While I was watching Seymour's video, when he was working with the turtle, what he was doing did not 100% make sense to me. However, when I was given the opportunity to play and explore on my own, I later understood the details after I tried it on my own. And I believe that the same goes for our students. Students can only understand so much of what we tell them until we allow them to do it on their own do they really grasp the concept to its fullest extent. Plus with this application, your own style is able to come out as opposed to the teacher telling you what you can and cannot do. I enjoyed being able to make anything I want and am sure that our students will too. 

The part that I have a question on is in regard to the video where Seymour was talking about when and how a teacher should intervene. Seymour kept debating between letting a child explore or interpret what's happening. Seymour left off leaving it as a personal judgment for a teacher to make. What would or do you fellow teachers do? 

I would incorporate many of his ideas into my work as a teacher. For example, the ideas that I liked were letting children explore and problem solve on their own because they learn through experience. Also, because fascination tends to hold children longer than appropriate. Next, to encourage being imaginative and exploring what life is like outside of school. Lastly, my favorite idea consists of the several levels of difficulty. As a future teacher, I know that if I were to put my students on this program, this program has such a range of difficulty that it can reach my struggling learners as well as my higher learners in the classroom.

All in all, Papert is saying to enrich and enlarge learners' culture because this is the only way we can make learning more meaningful. Also, to not have a better understanding of computers but through computers, to have a better understanding of everything else such as ourselves and the world around us. Lastly, to take in your feelings with knowledge. Form knowledge in a way that's yours, this way you can do and love. If done so, you will love yourself more because of it. 

    • Nancy Tavarez
      Nancy Tavarez

      Hey Amanda! 

      I truly enjoyed reading your thoughts on the assignment this week. I would probably incorporate his thoughts into my teaching just like you. I love encouraging my kids to me imaginative and giving them the space to explore and think outside of the box is actually one of my teaching philosophies! 

       

      • Susan Granata
        Susan Granata

        Amanda,

        I wondered the same as you - when is the right time to intervene. In the video, Papert says that he cannot answer when to intervene or guide the child to further learning, it is up to the teacher. I believe that we all have the instincts to know when a child is truly exploring the capabilities of a program or lesson, and when they are just playing around. I personally look for clues such as if the child is readily engaged in their own screen, or whether the child is playing with the program and looking at the screens of their peers, and trying to gain their attention to what he or she is doing. Often, the latter means it is time to intervene, whereas the former means the child is still figuring out some capabilities.

        Again, the teacher knows the children best and knows when to intervene through instinct, not according to a clock or timeline.

        • Gerald Ardito
          Gerald Ardito

          Amanda,

          You have asked the $64 million dollar question here:

          The part that I have a question on is in regard to the video where Seymour was talking about when and how a teacher should intervene. Seymour kept debating between letting a child explore or interpret what's happening. Seymour left off leaving it as a personal judgment for a teacher to make. What would or do you fellow teachers do? 

          I have seen many teachers and schools avoid this question by focusing on a specific curriculum, as though there was magic in it.

          As a teacher, a method I like is to establish of increasing difficult open ended challenges, and then mentoring each child or group to do his/her/their best.

           

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