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In the past month, my school has focused the professional developments on questioning techniques. I was excited to improve my questioning, but I did not find this series very helpful. We worked in our departments to create a lesson that incorporates different levels of questioning. The end goal was ideally to have the students lead the lesson by creating their own questions and discussions based off of the content. This did not translate well in the lesson since we were not taught to teach the students how to develop these questions that help foster a discussion. The lesson that I observed did not really allow for a structured conversation since the  student-generated questions were scattered and often underdeveloped. I find that student-centered and inquiry based lessons can be more confusing to students since there is often less of a structure, giving students the impression of downtime. Perhaps this lesson would’ve went better if the students were more comfortable with the material and how to form meaningful questions.

Although I have experimented with inquiry based learning, I feel more comfortable with the teacher-directed model. The Madeline Hunter teaching model provides a good mix of teacher-led and student oriented instruction. This model allows the teacher to give clear information, explicitly model a skill, and then allow the students to practice it independently or in a group setting. This structure lets the teacher circulate the room, check for understanding, and change the course of the class to address any overall problems. This model helps to establish a routine within the class, but may be seen as dry and uncreative. I believe with enough planning, several learning models should be used in order to keep the class exciting and accommodate different learning styles.

ED 631 - Educational Psychology- Spring 2018

ED 631 - Educational Psychology- Spring 2018

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