Here's what I have learned this week:
Monday: Just in time leaning is the education you get at the exact moment you need it, such as researching how to fix a sink. Just in case learning is the education you get for use later, such as the classes you take in high school and college. I have started wondering if teachers can transform just in case learning into just in time learning. I feel that just in time learning would stick to students more because you are getting information that you need at this current moment instead of getting information that you might not use right away and move on to something more pressing. Instead of just teaching skills, maybe we need to show students how to apply those skills right away, which would help with transferring knowledge from just learning the skill to applying the skill in a meaningful way.
Tuesday: Student empowerment in the classroom is so important to me. If students feel like they can’t succeed, they won’t. One of the things I learned about was having student experts. These kids are the ones that are confident in a certain skill. The best part? Every student is an expert. I also heard some little things that make a student’s day. Celebrate their victories, no matter how small. Make sure kids know that you get them, you understand what they’re going through and you will do anything you can to make them feel better. Don’t call a kid “bad” when the make a mistake. Let student talk about what is going on in their life. Maybe they have no one to talk to. As teachers, we need to be that person.
Wednesday: Classical conditioning is the process of developing an involuntary response to the presentation of two stimuli. A classic psychology example is Pavlov’s dogs. In the classroom, it can take the form of giving candy out when a student answers a questions with his hand raised and waiting quietly for the teacher to call on him. The student sees the candy as a reward for raising his hand and waiting quietly. Later, the teacher might add in praise along with the candy. Even later, praise could replace candy as the reward for the student raising his hand and waiting quietly. I think that this could work for most students, even if it is a sticker on a reward chart instead of candy.
Thursday: VAKT, which is an acronym for Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic, and Tactile, is a form of multisensory instruction. Using multiple senses for learning helps keep the information in different places of the brain, which is ideal for retaining information. I thought about is as like having Google Drive or OneDrive for your brain; keeping information in different places keeps the data safe and you can access it more easily on other devices than if you just saved it to the desktop on your computer. Utilizing multisensory instruction means that students can take what they have learned, save it in multiple places in the brain, and recall it later whenever they want to.
Feel free to comment what you think about this post. I would love to hear from teachers that are currently in the field!