Unit 3

By literacy the recommendation means establishing meaningful and engaging content learning goals around the essential ideas of a discipline as well as the specific learning processes students use to access those ideas.Monitor students’ progress over time as they read for comprehension and develop more control over their thinking. Also, build in certain instructional conditions, such as student goal setting, self-directed learning, and collaborative learning, to increase reading engagement and conceptual learning for students. For teaching, these strategies can be especially useful because what I reference in the first line is really establishing the big ideas and essential questions of the content. Making meaningful connections and references to modern day examples can also help students engage and understand the material. Modifying my strategies and informally assessing students as to figure out if students are actually comprehending what I am teaching.

 

Visualizing data is different than learning a human language because learning a programming language is easy because there are so few words and so few syntactic structures. People can be taught programming language and it can also be memorized. Learning to program is much more difficult because it involves training yourself in a new way of thinking, but that aspect is unrelated to the language itself. Having the programming language allows you the ability to communicate with people all around the world. Learning a natural language is difficult because there are many many words, many many syntactic structures, and the meanings of each are tied to cultural knowledge. There is also a gradual change of meanings between words.

 

One of the things I valued here was the advice on how to engage students and increase their motivation to participate. As a rising teacher, I think these little nuggets were especially helpful particularly in the classroom dealing with different students. As I student teach now, I think most students tend to focus on what I am saying as compared to some teachers who may not be able to engage students at all. However, I feel like that’s another reason why teachers have “hooks” to draw students in. I have noticed that particularly with my 6th grade classes that it helps when I come with little projects and activities for them to do rather than just direct instruction all the time. This helps them to stay engaged with each other, with me and the material. Another thing I valued here, specifically when we are talking about being a classroom teacher is that motivation and engagement are two different things.The text states “ motivation refers to the desire, reason, or predisposition to become involved in a task or activity, engagement refers to the degree to which a student processes text deeply through the use of active strategies and thought processes and prior knowledge. It is possible to be motivated to complete a task without being engaged because the task is either too easy or too difficult.” I found this to be a HUGE wake up call as a teacher because it is very easy to confuse the two and not be able to identify which one lacks.This is a huge teaching implication because without recognizing which process a student may have trouble in, you won’t be able to identify where they need help. I also learned the value and the impact words have on students learning outcomes. Also, the importance of placing emphasis on the right kinds of things such as placing too much emphasis on good grades can be a detrimental affect on them which is interesting because in modern day society parents and teachers really stress this as the most important goal of going to school.

    • Gerald Ardito
      Gerald Ardito

      Tori,

      You raise a lot of good points here.

      I was particularly struck by:

       It is possible to be motivated to complete a task without being engaged because the task is either too easy or too difficult.” I found this to be a HUGE wake up call as a teacher because it is very easy to confuse the two and not be able to identify which one lacks.This is a huge teaching implication because without recognizing which process a student may have trouble in, you won’t be able to identify where they need help. I also learned the value and the impact words have on students learning outcomes.

      It will be interesting to see how you meet this challenge as you develop as a teacher.

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