Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Of course, when one takes notes, it all becomes very uninteresting and difficult to sift through, especially for a young student who is not used to note-taking in general. This is why it is important "to use a variety of formats" (Pitler, Hubbell, Kuhn & Malenoski, 2007, p.124). I love the idea of using interesting graphics or mobile features to keep notes varied and also grounded in previous knowledge. “For many students, multimedia is very effective because it helps them both activate prior knowledge and develop a mental model to help them understand new information” (Pitler, Hubbell, Kuhn & Malenoski, 2007, p. 82). Programs like Powerpoint, Inspiration and even a website like glogster.com allow students to do this (2007, pg. 128).
I actually have students hand write notes in my math class using charts and student's hand drawn pictures. I would like to have students begin to use flowcharts and graphic organizers on bubbl.us or Inspiration to reinforce student's learning and put notes in their own words and organization. I am also planning on having students create their own online posters on glogster.com as a review for standardized tests, a further instillation of our spiralling curriculum.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I was very excited to read our textbook this week. This is very strange considering its close to PSSAs and who has the time to actually READ?!
It should be stated that the topics in our reading were "reinforcing effort" and "homework and practice" from our textbook Using
I was particularly drawn to the generalization I saw in the homework/practice chapter of our book on pg. 187 that stated "if homework is assigned, it should be commented upon." My first thought was, "Oh heavens! Over 100 assignments at least twice a week to comment on!" This is where I believe
Along similar lines having measurable data on each student provides a very good lesson in effort correlating to success. It is very easy to use
Once again I ask:
How do you AVOID using behaviorist theories?
Laureate Education, Inc. (Producer). 2009. Behaviorist Learning Theory [Motion picture]. Bridging
Learning Theory, Instruction, and
Pitler, H., Hubbell, E., Kuhn, M., & Malenoski, K. (2007). Using