My instructor posted the article below and I must say it is quite timely for me. As I am reflecting and rereading many of our forum posts and discussions, I am somewhat overwhelmed at the amount of content we have learned and how I can remember everything. I am also very excited to be able to share my knowledge and try out new skills. Posting the articles that resonated for me on my blog is certainly one great way of keeping the knowledge close at hand.
The article talks about how we as instructors are self-regulated learners and how we can support our students to become self-regulated learners.
2 questions from the article really stood out to me and I have posted here for you.
1. What can I recall and what should I review?
2. How well are my learning strategies working? And what changes would I make (if any)?
I’ve been looking back through all the posts and information I have shared since my 3250 course on Instructional Strategies began a few short weeks ago.
There has been a wealth of information passed on by my classmates and instructor. So much so, that I have forgotten some of it….okay well, a lot of it! Hence, that is why reflection is so important.
As we approach our last 2 weeks, I will be rereading and digesting again the fantastic information I have gotten since staring this program.
I am discovering that a blog is a great way to trigger the memory and confirm what I have learned. I have enjoyed this much more than I thought I would.
It is so interesting to see how perspectives change.
What really is motivation? I agree it is very personal for each of us so how does one instructor motivate many?
In this forum we discussed the how the what and the why’s of motivation. Below are a few links to articles that stood out to me.
We began with describing John Keller’s motivational theory called ARCS. Below is a video of him describing his theory – grabbing attention is key in engaging a student. It is an hour long but if you have the time a good video. Recognize your limits – Don’t motivate the motivated. What is the perceived gap?
I also enjoyed the TED talk from Dan Pink on motivation. We submitted a journal entry on this talk. I’m curious for all of you how you can tap in to your students creativity.
And this next one is defintitely one that strikes a chord with me. How we use our words can motivate each person so differently. Sometimes as a trainer or instructor you need just the right word or a different person with the right word for the penny to drop and motivation or learning happen.
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?
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.
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.
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?