Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Week 15: Lesson Mastery (SEED 300)

Please read Unit D (ch. 21-24) from Wong & Wong's The First Days of School. Annotate the text as you read, marking ideas with which you agree or disagree, ideas that surprise you or are new to you, and questions that occur to you while reading.

After reading ch. 21-24, post a comment here in which you do three things:
  1. Write about something that you marked in the text while reading these chapters from the Wongs' book.
  2. Write about how something that you read in these chapters is connected to something that you read in chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4 of Marzano's book. Provide specific examples from Marzano's book to demonstrate or support your points.
  3. Write about how something that you read in these chapters of the Wongs' book is connected to something from your own experience: another education course or text on the topic of lesson mastery, a teacher whom you have observed, your own methods block classroom, a teacher from when you yourself were a secondary student, etc.

If somebody before you has already posted a comment on one of the same concepts, also include in your own comments your response to that person's (or those persons') comments. In other words, what additional thoughts or new perspective can you contribute rather than merely repeating what someone else has said? (e.g., "Shannon, I marked the same idea from chapter 24, but for a different reason: I think that ___")

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NOTE: The commenting feature will be disabled 8:00 A.M., Tuesday, April 28; you will not be able to post a comment after that time.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Week 14: Classroom Management (SEED 300)

Please read the first half of Unit C (ch. 11-15) from Wong & Wong's The First Days of School. Annotate the text as you read, marking ideas with which you agree or disagree, ideas that surprise you or are new to you, and questions that occur to you while reading.

After reading ch. 11-15, post a comment here in which you do three things:
  1. Write about something that you marked in the text while reading these chapters from the Wongs' book.
  2. Write about how something that you read in this book is connected to something that you read in chapters 6 and 7 of Marzano's book. Provide specific examples from Marzano's book to demonstrate or support your points.
  3. Write about how something that you read in the Wongs' book is connected to something from your own experience: a teacher whom you have observed, your own methods block classroom, a teacher from when you yourself were a secondary student, another education course or text on the topic of classroom management, etc.

If somebody before you has already posted a comment on one of the same concepts, also include in your own comments your response to that person's (or those persons') comments. In other words, what additional thoughts or new perspective can you contribute rather than merely repeating what someone else has said? (e.g., "Shannon, I marked the same idea from chapter 13, but for a different reason: I think that ___")

See the right sidebar of this blog for instructions on posting your comments. Pay special attention to how to make your name appear with your comments; I can't give you credit if I don't know who you are when I read your comments!

NOTE: The commenting feature will be disabled 8:00 A.M., Tuesday, April 21; you will not be able to post a comment after that time.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Week 13: Basic Understandings of the Teacher (SEED 300)

Please read Unit A (ch. 1-5) from Wong & Wong's The First Days of School. You will notice that these chapters are shorter than those in our other texts with many more graphic elements within the pages. Some will find this visually appealing while others may find it more difficult to focus because of all the text boxes and sidebars. To help you concentrate on main points, highlight or annotate these things as you read:
  • ideas with which you agree
  • ideas with which you disagree
  • ideas that surprise you or are new to you
  • ideas that raise questions for you
  • etc.

After reading ch. 1-5, post a comment here in which you do three things:

  1. Write about something that you marked (regarding the bullets above) as you read these chapters from the Wongs' book.
  2. Write about how something that you read in this book is connected to something that you read in Marzano's book.
  3. Write about how something that you read in this book is connected to something that you read in Oliva's book.

If somebody before you has already posted a comment on one of the same concepts, also include in your own comments your response to that person's (or those persons') comments. In other words, what additional thoughts or new perspective can you contribute rather than merely repeating what someone else has said? (e.g., "Shannon, I marked the same idea from chapter two, but for a different reason: I think that ___")

See the right sidebar of this blog for instructions on posting your comments. Pay special attention to how to make your name appear with your comments; I can't give you credit if I don't know who you are when I read your comments!

NOTE: The commenting feature will be disabled 8:00 A.M., Tuesday, April 14; you will not be able to post a comment after that time.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Week 12: Audiovisual and Distance Technologies (EDUC 210)

Please read these chapters from our course text:
  • Ch. 9: Audiovisual Technologies (pp. 314-358)
  • Ch. 10: Distance Education: Using Technology to Redefine the Classroom (pp. 359-395)

You'll note on the course schedule that we're previewing the chapters in class on Thursday, April 2; discussing them in class on Tuesday, April 7; and taking a quiz on them in class on Thursday, April 9. The preview and subsequent discussion will involve your helping to determine which concepts in each chapter ought to be included on the quiz (see this and, more importantly, this).

As you read, please post a comment here in which you share your thoughts about one of the concepts from either chapter. Demonstrate that you are thinking about what you are reading by sharing those thoughts with the rest of us. You may tell us about a concept that seems particularly relevant to your future teaching and why; something with which you disagree and why; something new that seems interesting to you and why; etc.

If somebody before you has already posted a comment on the same concept, also include in your own comments a response to that person's (or those persons') comments. In other words, what do you think about what your classmates think about that concept? (e.g., "Shannon, I understand what you mean when you write ___, but I think ___")

Please do not merely repeat what a previous commenter has already written. Instead, contribute something new to the online conversation.

See the right sidebar of this blog for instructions on posting your comments. Pay special attention to how to make your name appear with your comments; I can't give you credit if I don't know who you are when I read your comments!

NOTE: The commenting feature will be disabled 8:00 A.M. on Thursday, April 9; you will not be able to post a comment after that time.