For Assignment 1 in EDC3100, we were asked to make an online artefact to explain three reasons why ICTs should be used in the classroom. In previous semesters, it was to be aimed towards fellow teachers, but this semester had us aiming it towards the parents of our (hypothetical) students.
I tried to use many different programs including Wix.com, Prezi (this being the first time I’ve used it!), GoAnimate, and PowerPoint just to name a few. The link to my artefact is provided below.
Create, Appreciate, Communicate
I love the article What Makes People Creative? as it explores the aspects of a person that makes them creative by drawing on many pieces of literature. Creativity is something that is sort of, I guess, pushed back in schools, as we teachers tend to focus more on the academic side of learning (times tables, scientific concepts, and so on because of the assessments that students must compete), but we still need to remember that creativeness is still vital to students learning.
I have to say, I like this article over some others on creativity as it compiles a range of literature in one easy place!
I have just met my new mentor teacher for my EDP3333 course, and the class I have is Year 6. Apparently there are no students with special needs but I still like to research and develop ways to adjust learning for all students (this course asks us to differentiate learning for students). This link is to the Department of Education and Training page on Adjustments for students with an autism spectrum disorder. It lays out the adjustments that can be made in a very simple and easy way to follow, with the adjustments are sorted into either planning, teaching, assessment, reporting, environment, or resources.
This article talks about Guy Claxton (author of “What’s the Point of School”) and his top eight learner dispositions that encourage positive learning behaviours. He also notes that teachers need to create good relationships between themselves and the students. I agree whole-heartedly with this, as in my experience, if a students doesn’t respect and/or like you, they are less willing to collaborate with you in the learning environment.
Lately, I’ve been really researching the Growth Mindset (made “famous” by Carol Dweck). I came across the 6 ways to teach growth mindset from day one of school article, which discusses six ways teachers can support student’s development and understanding of the Growth Mindset. The article also provides some resources (an app, books, and songs) on Growth Mindset.
I found this article (through the EDC3100 Diigo group) about Wiki’s and why we should use them. It’s very useful, as I’ve only previously thought of Wikipedia as the “go-to” wiki, but knowing that it was unreliable in a teaching practice, I never properly looked into Wiki’s in the classroom.
On my last prac I was able to attend a PD (Professional Development) at the staff meeting given by the library teacher. The PD itself was about teaching mathematics, but I was able to chat with him after school one day, and he was telling about Carol Dweck and the Growth Mindset. With this mindest, he told me his son was able to study engineering at university despite not previously believing he could do it.
This video is from TEDTalks and is Carol Dweck discussing “the power of believing you can improve”.