Teaching Functional Formats and Blogging in One Lesson

As I finished writing my last post, I noticed that the way in which I was formatting my post was reminiscent of a newspaper article.  I thought again, why exactly was I automatically formatting my blog post to resemble a newspaper print article?  It’s because of being taught functional reading formats in, what I would guess was around 3rd Grade, stuck with me.  I must have had a really great elementary school teachers.

So what does that have anything to do about teaching Functional Formats and Blogging all together?

What it has to do with is if you are teaching students about Functional Reading Formats, as the Standards of Learning dictate they learn, already, why not make it engaging to the students to allow them all to be on computers (which every student I’ve ever worked with yearns to do).  If you as a teacher is comfortable with basic blog set-up and editing of an online blog then you can use it to teach about what they really need to know which is the Functional Format standard.

In the end, the idea is, teach students to learn concepts and skills using the concepts and skills as tools, rather than as independently learned skills.

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Great Way to Teach Sitting Quietly and Listening

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            Great way to teach and poster about who to listen when in school. Other than the obvious eyes, ears, and mouth, they include the heart, hands, body, and feet respectively.  I like this method of teaching where mneumanic devices or memory tricks are taught in order for students to learn different concepts.  If students aren’t taught memory tricks or other methods by which to remember either facts or simply just daily chores, we as teachers are not giving them the education that will most help them in the future.

Reinventing Education Through Video

After watching Salman Khan’s video on Ted.com:

I really got a new perspective on learning and the importance of the “interactive” role of a teacher.

Is this really the most productive role of a teacher in a class?

Is this the most productive time for a teacher?

I would imagine most people would say something like the images below are more appropriate uses of a teacher’s time.

One of the points that Salman Khan makes in the video I agree with wholeheartedly.  The most important part of a teacher’s time is working with a student personally and finding more individualized ways to teach each child.  Instead, in the classic model, a teacher lectures in front of a classroom for a period of time.  In the end a lecture type approach may be the only means by which a teacher can communicate the information to their students.  Though in the flipped classroom model students arrive ready to fill the holes they have left by the questions about that particular lesson or subject matter.  Practice makes perfect but imperfect practice creates bad habits.  The idea of creating videos that explain and demonstrate a concept is so valuable because a student can not only self-pace themselves but also have them to refer to at any time they need a refresher.

Having these video’s also makes parent home involvement that much easier.  When the parent can see exactly how the teacher is teaching a concept it is far easier to assist a child.  Instead, presently a child goes home to tell a parent what they are studying but can’t grasp the concept well enough to explain it to them in the first place.

The value in real useful data on each student’s activities when they return home to practice is extremely beneficial to the teacher.  The strategy of separating students into groups based on their understanding of a concept is used quite often, but to be able to break that down even further by what questions they have the most trouble with and so on make individualized teaching far more effective.

When we optimize the process of initially teaching a concept, and ultimately assessing the understanding of those concepts, we are then left with far more time in the middle of that process which should be dedicated to individualized learning for each student with the teacher.

A LITTLE BLUE BIRD WHISPERED TO ME…

That I should check out Twitter for its educational and resource possibilities, rather then the simple social networking and popularity aspect.

Either way I hope to meet a lot of fellow educators, network with them, use them as a resource, and eventually be able to contribute my ideas with the masses as well.  Well I would have to be socially popular for it to be for the masses… Oh jeeze, I guess I am joining for the social networking and popularity…

I guess as long as I keep it education and professional development related it should be fine.

So if you wish to follow me and keep me to my noble word, the image above will connect you to me and my educational centered twitter account.