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Week 12


17 Nov

I think schools are doing their best to stay relevant in the 21st century. Computers are being used more and more in the classroom in all grade levels and I think that is a great idea because students are use to so much stimulation all the time and computers are a great way to keep them engaged in learning and also giving them the freedom to explore and discover things on their own. I think that schools could be doing better at staying relevant for the 21st centery because “teacher licensing standards should include assessment of knowledge and skills involving incorporation of technology in classroom lessons” (Ornstein, Levine, & Gutek, 2011, p. 514), this statement is very true and I know that many teaching programs don’t help their future teachers build these specific skills. Teachers licensing programs should include training and assessments on how to use technology in the classroom so that teachers are able to use the technology they have available to them to the best of their abilities. Teachers also need to learn how to get students interested and excited about technology because it can be used in some very interesting, unique and fun ways. One of the biggest issues with technology though is that not every school has equal opportunities to technology “whether in their schools or homes, lower-income students generally have less access to certain computer-based learning opportunities that middle-income students do” (Ornstein, Levine, & Gutek, 2011, p. 515). This is sad but true and in order for schools to continue to engage their students and show their students that they have a purpose in the 21st century schools, their communities and the government need to work together to make sure that all students have access to decent technology.

I think that students should have some say in the content that they study. Rather they have a say in what they study or how they study students need to feel like what they are learning is relevant to their lives, that they can relate to it and they should enjoy learning! It’s not hard for a teacher to simply ask their students, “what are you interested in learning?” or when they are studying a subject asking them something like, “Would you all like to create a poster board or a powerpoint about this subject?” instead of just lecturing and testing students teachers need to figure out creative and new ways to engage their students. I have found it amazing to see what ideas students come up with about their education when they are simply asked. So personally I think it is a great idea to let students have some control over the content that they learn and how they learn it.

Ornstein, A.C., Levine, D.U., & Gutek, G.L. (2011). Foundations of education (11th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.

Culture and Technology in the Classroom


27 Oct

-How will the difference in values between Anglo-European American and Asian American students affect your teaching and your relationships with students and parents?
It will affect my teaching because I want to make sure that all of my students can relate in some way to they lessons and material I will be teaching. Learning needs to be fun and relatable and in order to do that students need to be able to make real life connections to what they are learning in the classroom. They need to be able to answer the questions: why this is important to my life and how does it relate to me? If we can’t get students to relate to the information most likely they won’t find it interesting and that will lead to them being uninterested in school. I would like to make sure that I understand the different cultures that are coming into my classroom. I want to make sure that I understand them well enough so that I’m not offending any student or their parents and to make sure that I can relate the subject matter to their lives. As for my relationship with the parents I will make sure to have a understanding of their culture so that I don’t say or do anything that will offend them. I want to make sure that they know I have their child’s best interest in mind and that I want to be able to teach their child in a way that they can agree with even if we don’t agree on every small detail.

-What are some cultural patterns that will influence you instruction?
I think that this statement depends on where a teacher is teaching. Different parts of our country is going to have different cultural patterns. For example: where I grew up and went to school we had a very, very low Asian American population but where my friend grew up there was a very high Asian American population because of this there were different cultural patterns that affected our day to day live and our education. With that said no matter what cultural patterns that are around me I plan to teach my students tolerance and understanding for cultures that are different from them. Even if I teach in an area that isn’t very culturally divers I still plan to have lessons about other cultures because most likely as my students grow they will be exposed to many different cultures and have knowledge about those cultures will help them be a better well rounded person. Assigning my students projects like researching a culture that they don’t know much about and then presenting that information to the class will benefit the class as a whole because it “can help to eliminate the crux of stereotyping, prejudice, racism, and bigotry”(Wilson, 2012).

-How will gender roles have an impact in your teaching and your students learning?
“Recent studies in the United States indicate that sex differences in academic achievement are relatively small to nonexistent” (Ornstein, Levine, & Gutek, 2011, p. 327). I think this is a wonderful statement because I truly hope that gender roles have a very low impact on my teaching and my students. I don’t want my students to feel like they aren’t good in specific subject just because they are a boy or a girl. I want to motivate my students by building up their confidence levels and feeding their curiosity. No girl should ever be told, “you won’t do as well as Charlie in math because he’s a boy and you are a girl” and they same goes for boys. So I really do hope that gender roles have a very low to zero impact on my teaching and my students learning.

-How will educational technologies help your instruction?
Students today use so much technology on a daily basis that I think it would be nieve for teachers to not use it in their classrooms “by age 20 many youth will have been on the internet for 30,000 hours or more” (Ornstein, Levine, & Gutek, 2011, p. 325). I would like to have a balanced classroom. A classroom that uses technology along with traditional teaching methods. I really hope that I can have computers in my classroom so that students are able to do research based learning activities so that they are able to not only learn about the subject but also learn about the multiple resources that are available to them and how to use those sources correctly to collect the information they need for the assignment. I also think it would be a good idea to use a social media sight to help stay in contact with my students even when they leave class. Being able to set up a classroom blog or even something like a facebook page for my classroom would be very helpful. It would allow me to answer questions that students or parents might have about daily homework and it would be an easy way to keep in touch with parents, I would be able to easily get a message to them about the activities that are going on in the classroom that week or any other issues they may need to know about.

-The Chinese Proverb “Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.” After reading this proverb, answer this question. How will you become knowledgeable about your students differences?
I think one of the easiest ways to become knowledgeable about my students differences is to ask them. So many people just assume things about people when they really have no idea what is really going on inside that person’s mind or personal world. Talking with my students, having them write their own bibliography as an assignment so that they can tell me things about themselves that maybe they don’t want the entire class to know. Also, doing my own research. Looking into cultures that I know very little about will continue to educate me about the different types of students and their families that will becoming in and out of my classroom.
This is a fun and quick youtube video about using technology in the classroom. He had some interesting ideas that I had never thougt about using before.

 

Sources:
1. Wilson, K. (2012). Critical multicultural pavilion – research room. Retrieved from http://www.edchange.org/multicultural/papers/keith.html
2. Ornstein, A.C., Levine, D.U., & Gutek, G.L. (2011). Foundations of education (11th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.

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