Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Entry 30 - Ending

Well this is the end of my blogging. I must say I truly enjoyed this class and was glad to be a part of it. I felt like I was in a great learning environment and Rob was well informed about this subject. Enthusiasm is a must-have for a great teacher and definitely makes the class better. I hope to have a great impact on my students the same way one day =)

Entry 29 - Learner-centred planning and Instruction

April 3.

When learning is structured towards the student and away from the teacher it is called learner-centred learning. There are four principles included in this topic.

1. Good for cognition and meta-cognition (student thinking). Has to do with thinking skills and helps a student with self awareness.
2. Supports motivation and effect (emotional)
3. Support developmental and social needs
4. Supports individual differences.

Entry 28 - Working in small groups

What are some things (positive or negative) you know about learning together in small groups?

In my personal opinion working in groups doesn't really work well for me. I am a perfectionist and am very strong-willed. I find that the other groups members know that about me and will slack, making more work for me. Also if they don't do something up to my standards I will redo it so in the end just makes more work for me.

Entry 27 - Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs



Start at the bottom - need needs to be fulfilled before going to the next level
If deficiency needs (bottom needs) are not being met can affect learning.
We have hot lunch/nutrition because foundational needs need to be met before learning can take place. Ex- if a child a hungry or if shows up in small jacket in minus weather.
Self-Transcendence- Highest level of achievement.
Self-Actualization- completely fulfilled individual. Off the treadmill to enjoy. Privileged to enjoy the beautiful parts of life. Camping etc. identify strongly with human kind. Elevated. Secure. Embrace diversity.
Aesthetics&beauty- harmony, art, order, gardening, renovating home a creative outlet
Knowledge and Understanding- intellectual needs. Stimulate the mind.
Self- Esteem and Respect of others- be respected and well regarded
Love and Acceptance- foundational intimacy and social acceptance.
Safety- continuing supply of food, clothing, shelter, etc and physical safety.
Physiological - food, clothing, shelter.
Video MAR 30
Candle problem
Start with the end in mind. Narrow your focus.
Blackfoot connection: Maslow a oversexed his information for the pyramid from the Blackfoot traditions.
1. Helpless: I hate math , no matter how much I study etc can't do it. So we don't try.
2. Performance: I must get that "a" extrinsic orientation...staying up late to study etc
3. Mastery: want to learn and understand...it has meaning to me. I don't care about the "a" I just want to learn the material. Ironically when this happens we tend to get the A


Entry 26 - Cognitive Information-Processing Approach.


Major school of thought within psychology
-Works like a computer
-Input data
-Processes data
-Output data
1. Introduction, issues, and overview
2. Robert Siegler's 3 main characteristics
1) Thinking - information processing . Making differences between different things that you know.
2) change mechanisms (4)
1: Encoding - bring something into a system ( new information )
2: Auto maticity - know something so well don't really need to think about it
3: Strategy construction - making a cognitive function conscious effectively
4: Transfer-
3) Self modification.
Change our system through the effort of our own will. Draw attention to our own thinking - thinking about our thinking (meta cognition) being aware of our own thinking. Highest level of thinking is meta cognition. ***crucial to high level success
S: Survey
Q: Question- yourself about the material.
R: Read - as you read you will discover answers.
R: Recite- say it out loud.
R:Relate- correspond with what you know.
R: Review

Entry 25 - Video - William Ury


1. Video William Ury: The walk from "no" to "yes"

Find your 18th camel
Peace = Us that works as a surrounding community.
Hide your poisonous arrows and talk it out. "the third side"
Stop fighting start talking.
Go to your "balcony" - get all the parties there if you can.
Hostility to hospitality
Terrorism to tourism.
Common identity - story of Abraham
The secret to peace is the third side
the third side is each of us

1. How do you respond to Ury's message
2. What practical insight and or broader value might you draw for your own work with kids, colleagues, families, schools, and communities?


1. I think I can agree with Ury and his message. When I get into an argument with someone I tend to try and take a step back before anything gets too heated. I am not really one to fight and argue, I tend to be a peacekeeper and prefer that everyone just gets along if this is possible. 

Entry 24 - Study Strategy


Study strategy activity. -- how do you study? What is your process? Does it differ depending on the subject? How do you feel abut the results?

Studying is an important part of every students world. I always try to tell myself that I will review all the material weekly but unfortunately life gets in the way. I usually end up cramming the whole day and night before an exam. The results I am usually pretty happy with results, and am actually often pleasantly surprised so for me this works.