Archive | June 2014

Classroom Management – forum discussion

Another great topic for a forum discussion….Classroom management. As teachers, or facilitators it can certainly be a challenge at times to manage our classrooms. This particularily comes in to play when students are not behaving quite as we imagined. So what do we do?

We discussed everything from what do we do with students who arrive late to class, to those who text during class, to those who take over during group discussions.

Below are a couple of links to classroom management. The first is a video from the 50’s that shows two very different methods of managing a class. The next is a link to an article on how to better create critical thinking skills in young learners to pave that path to critical adult thinkers. In the end…isn’t that really what we want?

http://reforma.fen.uchile.cl/Papers/Teaching%20Critical%20Thinking%20Skills%20and%20problem%20solving%20skills%20-%20Gueldenzoph,%20Snyder.pdf

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Visible Learning – forum posts

The forum on “Visible learning” was another great forum with many vehicles to determine if learning is truly happening for our students.
We began with a discussion on the stressors of learning and how sometimes stress is a good thing. The video below describes how stress could work in our favour.

https://www.ted.com/talks/kelly_mcgonigal_how_to_make_stress_your_friend

We then went on to discuss self-reporting or self- grading. An interesting concept that can work for or against you….at least in theory.
Below are a few links that discuss both self-grading and a very powerful video called “The Art of Possibility” by Zander and Zander (2000). The video expresses what cna happen when we get so caught up in grading ourselves. Their book is equally powerful and I have posted the link below and on my resources page.

http://visible-learning.org/glossary/


Zander, R.S. & Zander, B. (2000). The art of possibility. New York, NY: Penguin.

Too full

Ok so have you ever felt so full after eating a big meal that you just need to lay on the couch and veg out? Well, that is how I kind of feel right now. I dont’ want to lay on the couch but my brain feels so full of information that I don’t knwo if anything else can get in there.

How do I keep everything I need and want to know without blowing up? or without forgetting half of it?
My biggest challenge is retaining all this fantastic info I am getting. Anyone have some best practices or tips and tricks?