Thursday, December 30, 2004

Student's learning

As I observe how students learn today, I'm finding that we are in the midst of a learning change. No longer are students in love with the pencil and paper when given choices. No longer are they interested in listening to lecture for thirty minutes, fifteen minutes, or even ten minutes. Students today want to participate in their learning. They want to be involved in the learning process and not just bystanders. It is up to us as teachers, no matter how old we are, to change the way we teach so that we can reach our students.

Students of today love to talk, so we as teachers need to channel that need into the way we teach through group work and learning to work together. We as teachers take too much for granted. We think the students already know how to work in groups when they've never been taught.
There are many other things we take for granted of students such as listening. We tell the students to listen, but we have never taught them how to listen, or used constant followup to reinforce this habit.

If we pay attention to our frustrations as teachers we will find other things we've taken for granted and need to teach. The first step is to address one thing at a time. Don't overwhelm yourself or you will give up. Try changing one thing and once you are comfortable with the change move on to something else.

Remember that we are there to reach kids, not sit in our comfort zones because that's how we were taught.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You'll find some useful links to "Learning Styles" at
http://www.shambles.net/pages/staff/Lstyles

Chris Smith
csmith@csmith.info

July 20, 2005 at 12:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I had to cook three meals I would at least have three things in each meal. For breakfast I would have pancakes, eggs, toast, and orange juice or apple juice for the drink.
For the lunch I would cook roast beef sandwitches, potato chips, fruit, and pop or milk for a drink.
For my dinner I would cook ham, corn, potato's noodles, and milk for the drink.
The people who I'd invite would be my parents, my aunt,uncle and cousin. My grandma and grandpa, my friend Cheyann, and my other grandma. The destination my meals would be at would be at my house in Indian River. So that would be the meals I would cook and those would be the people I would invite.

September 10, 2005 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger Inland Lakes 5th Grade said...

For my three meals I would start off with a breakfast. My menu for the breakfast would have two main dishes and two side dishes. The main dishes would be Belgium waffles and french toast.
The side dishes would be fruit and cereal with any kind of juice to drink.
The menu for lunch will have three main dishes and three side dishes.
The main dishes would be chicken sandwiches, hotdogs, grilled ham and cheese sandwiches. The side dishes would be macaroni and cheese, tomato soup, toss salad, and milk or lemonade for my drink.
My menu for the dinner would consist of three main dishes and three side dishes. The main dishes would be roast beef, ham, and baked fish. The side dishes would be steamed asparagus, baked potatoes, and chineese chicken salad with milk or pop to drink.
The people who I would invite would be my aunts, uncles, cousins, my parents, grandparents, my friend Cheyann, and my teacher. I would invite these people because I think that they would really enjoy these meals.
The destination of where my meals would be is my house in Indian River.
I hope everyone enjoys them.

Sadee LaLonde

September 13, 2005 at 6:01 PM  
Blogger Inland Lakes 5th Grade said...

If I ran for president and was elected I would try to do my best.
The things I would do to help the country would be to donate more time to other states, and to sign a consent saying that all schools should have somewhat better learning materials.
The changes that I would make would be to lower gass prices, the school funds would be raised, and to make all wars stop.
My vice president would be my cousin Will Hinkley, because he makes good decisions, I trust him more than anyone else, and I know he would do good if he had to run the country.
I'd have to say I would be a good president, and so would my cousin.

September 29, 2005 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger Inland Lakes 5th Grade said...

That last comment was me Sadee LaLonde

September 29, 2005 at 5:10 PM  
Anonymous Sadee L. said...

One day when I was taking a walk I was struck by lightening. The next morning when I got up strange things started to happen to me.
When my alarm rang at 6:00 it was still dark out. Usually I turn the light on when I go in the bathroom, but it was then that I noticed I could see in the dark.
When I was getting dressed my mom came in my room and asked if I knew where her slippers were. "In the laundry basket,"I said. Then I knew that something strange was happening. How could I know where
my moms slippers were when I had not seen them and how could I see in the dark?
When My dad was driving me to school we met a firetruck that had the siren going. My dad said, "Oh no there is a fire somewhere." Then I said,"It is that old abandoned house outside of town."
After school my dad picked me up and said, "Guess where that fire was?" I said, Where?" "At the old abandoned house where you had said my dad told me. I was so shocked. It was then that I realized I had super powers.
That night I told my dad I could use these powers to help the Fireman and the DNR to find fires.
I could lead people in the dark or help them find missing people.
So I guess I was very lucky to be struck by lightening because I ended up with these powers.
The End
Sadee L.

October 11, 2005 at 9:23 PM  
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