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            Theresa Connelly uploaded the file ED 524 Lesson Plan
              • Gerald Ardito
                Gerald Ardito

                Theresa,
                Your lesson is very well designed.It allows for students to inquire, explore, and discover, as well as being very integrated with the Unit Plan.

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                Theresa Connelly uploaded the file Independent Project
                  • Gerald Ardito
                    Gerald Ardito

                    Theresa,

                    You did a very good job with this project.

                    Your research focus is clear. Your arguments are well articulated. You have backed up your findings with evidence from the research you read.

                    I look forward to seeing what happens next for you in this area.

                  • Theresa Connelly
                    Theresa Connelly commented on the blog ED 524 Reading Response, Week #3
                     Fostering community is the best way to engage the middle school child in the learning because it is a way to ensure that students will continue to be engaged, no matter the content area.  Students can discuss with each other, bounce ideas...
                    • Theresa Connelly
                      Theresa Connelly commented on the blog Reading Response, Week 2
                      I think that what needs to happen in an education setting is something like that in our general lives- meet our basic needs and then we can develop further from there.  All individuals need food, water, clothing, and shelter.  All...
                      • Theresa Connelly
                        Theresa Connelly published a blog post ED 524 Reading Response, Week #3
                        This week, as I read the readings I thought about how we always say “learn by doing” or “hands-on” learning.  Upon reflection of these terms, the readings by Brown and Knowles show exactly what this means.  It is...
                          • Gerald Ardito
                            Gerald Ardito

                            Theresa,

                            Your response to these readings if very thorough and thoughtful.

                            Two things that you said really stuck out for me. They are:

                            1. To create a meaningful learning environment, I believe that students should be held responsible, ask questions, reflect on their learning, and socialize with each other. 

                            and

                            2. I could create a collaborative classroom by creating smaller learning communities.  I think the way to do this is to make things on a human scale, or a small community

                            I often hear teachers and schools talking about making students responsible, which in my view is a noble aspiration. However, mostly I find that they mean it in terms of the teachers' workload. I hear something like, the students are going to take on more the teachers' work which will be helpful. However, that is very different than what I hear you saying. I hear you inquiring into what is the nature of learning? what role does responsibility play in that process? and how can we design learning environments that promote, support, and foster student ownership?

                            I endorse your idea that community is the way to go on this. In my experience, the emergence of communities plays a huge role in student learning.

                            Please continue to share your thoughts and progress on this.

                            • Theresa Connelly
                              Theresa Connelly

                               Fostering community is the best way to engage the middle school child in the learning because it is a way to ensure that students will continue to be engaged, no matter the content area.  Students can discuss with each other, bounce ideas off of each other, and explore and learn how to be part of a community together.  I think that through what I wrote previously, outlines the ideas that smaller learning communities and having minds on learning all helps students create dialogue between themselves.  Within smaller communities, teachers will have more common planning time and can create thematic units that span across multiple disciplines.  The communities benefit both the teachers and the students, but ultimately, the benefits that the teachers acquire, also benefit the students as well. 

                              • Gerald Ardito
                                Gerald Ardito

                                Theresa,

                                I agree with you about fostering community, but I have some questions for you:

                                1. How do you foster a learning community with people who are not there voluntarily?

                                2. How does a learning community value diversity and respect everyone?

                                3. What role does the teacher play in this community? The student?