• Have you ever felt like you were sinking?
• What do you know about water?
**Assessing students prior knowledge allows the teacher to decide if the lesson will teach within students zone of proximal development( Vygotsky). You are assessing what students already know about floating and sinking. From here the teacher can ensure they are teaching within in the zone, before teaching the whole lesson. Students learning should not be too hard or too easy. It is important the teacher teaches within the “magic middle”, so optimal learning can occur.
Expectations for learning and behavior:
• I expect students to observe and identify different materials that sink or float.
• Students should be actively engaged in the lesson.
• They should be making predictions, testing and recording results.
• Students should work collaboratively with peers.
** The expectation for learning and behavior outlines some of the results of constructivist teaching methods. The lesson allows for students to be actively engaged in the lesson. The lesson, also allows students to collaborate with other students. Both of these are constructivist teaching methods.
** Similar to what was explained before, an agenda allows a visual representation of what is expected of students (Piaget).
Transition to body: The agenda will be verbally expressed to students. Students will already be in their groups. Take note, although they are in groups and can work together, each student must complete their…
educators’ instructional methods with the
constructivist ideal. The Teacher Educator 42 (3).
The researcher examined teaching styles of four university professors teaching math to future elementary school teachers. The researcher focused on constructivist teaching styles. Constructivist teaching style was described as a shift in traditional teaching methods. Students are encouraged to construct their own knowledge through social interactions and meaningful activities.…
with no income. I did reach out for some guidance and counselling from an instructor. I eventually quit my job finals week of summer quarter. I instantly saw an improvement in my studying and my ability to retain the material. I was also able to get rest and noticed an improvement in my health. As a result, my GPA improved from 2.567 in the spring quarter to 2.797.
Fall quarter was a battle for me because my living situation changed a week before finals. My children and I have been sleeping on…
I do feel that my experience in student teaching has pushed me into becoming a more reliable person. Many times, during my student teaching, I was prompted by teachers to perform easy actions such as reading a book to a class or teaching a whole lesson or unit. Being that my mentor teacher is the one giving me my job, I feel more inclined to perform just about anything she asks. With that type of mentality, I dedicated myself to becoming anything that I teacher needed me to be. I face…
The problems and solutions in the game teaching
Game teaching is a kind of auxiliary means in order to realize the teaching goal, which suggests that not every class should design a game. Now the English classrooms focus on the fast pace and large capacity, only with precious 40 minutes, so teachers can’t causally spent limited time on the games.
4.1 The design of the game content and rules
In some cases, teaching game is completely equivalent to the general game, which does not have auxiliary…
This paper is a justification of the lesson plans and scope and unit outline designed for the business management course using the Understanding by Design (UbD) method. It explains how UbD can be used to ensure maximum effectiveness in the learning experiences of the students. The paper will also highlight the role of threshold concepts in promoting student understanding of the subject matter.
Understanding by Design provides the teacher with a framework for curriculum planning, assessment and…
In my observation of a Kindergarten class, there were many different teaching methods used. The teacher used many visual aids, and example would be when she asked the students to draw a pig. She displayed a pig on the board that was drawn by a guest speaker, and the students were asked to replicate the drawing. The teacher I observed also used games to enhance the student’s learning. The games were not meant to be competitive, but simply there to help the students with thing such as…
Hector’s passion for teaching is evident, by his outrage at the categorization of General Studies. It seems Hector believes all knowledge is specific and important, rather than a time-table filler. He quotes the poet A.E. Houseman ‘All knowledge is precious whether or not it serves the slightest human use.’ By quoting a poet, his affinity for literature becomes clear, and this starts to shape the audience’s view of Hector as a truly devoted teacher.
Hector’s introduction also presents him as a…
Constructivist Teaching in Action: A High School Classroom Debate
Sarabinh Levy-Brightman teaches a lesson on Jeffersonian democracy. The students were assigned the task to debate about the topic showing their knowledge and understanding of the topic. The goal of the lesson was to see what the students have grasped and mastered about the lesson. The students were provided the question for the debate. They then had to huddle together to discuss the response for the debate. Student picked the…