Here’s what I have learned this week:
Monday (Tech in the Classroom): Gamification in the classroom is something that I am thinking about implementing in my classroom. The issue I am thinking about is whether or not I will have a classroom or if I will do more travelling so gamification may not work for me. I do see why I feel more teachers should gamify their classrooms, but is it practical for me? I would love to figure this out for my classroom. I might put some games together this summer. I won’t guarantee it, but it’s an idea I will keep noted.
Tuesday (Learners with Exceptionalities): So this was the night we spent about an hour and a half looking at an Evaluation Team Report (ETR), an 89-page document (yes, I counted) to prove that a student needs additional help. And by 89 pages, I mean 89 sheets of paper printed front and back. I can say that it is quite comprehensive. I’m still not sure that 89 pages should be required to give the student the help that he or she needs. It should take awareness of different conditions that the students can have and ways to help the student work around or work with the conditions. If it gets to be significant, then let there be documentation and get the kid the help that he or she needs. But it should not take 89 pages to prove that the child needs help. It might need half that. I will even say three-quarters. But when documentations starts turning into a novel-length book, that might be too much.
Wednesday (Learning & Human Development): Today was a review of chapters 8 (Behaviorist Views of Learning), 9 (Social Cognitive Views of Learninsg) and 10 (Motivation) for the next exam. Not sure what else to add, other than we were given scenarios and had to figure out how to deal with the scenarios using information from chapters 8-10.
Thursday (Phonics): Today was going over different types of sorts, such as sound sort, spelling sort, concept sort, picture sort, letter sort, word sort, open & closed sorts, blind sort, visual sort, speed sort, and write to the sort. Sorts are used as a way to physically sort words or pictures into categories. I have done a few sorts in this class, and I enjoy figuring out which concepts I need to study more than others. I find it more engaging than a study guide.
This is my first post for today. I am trying something different and would like your opinion: do you prefer these journal articles or a more specific topic of the week? Also: what do you think of some of these concepts?