Online Teacher: What does it take?

It’s raining at the races on this Friday night so I figured I could use this time to start the last blog for the semester. I started thinking about how here everyone is here to try to reach a common goal which is to finish well or win even though they all take different paths to get there.  I thought well that is pretty similar to what an online teacher would see from their students. At the races everyone has different day jobs, types of racecars

Abeling’s Personal Philosophy of Education Statement

I am an aspiring dental hygiene educator and my personal philosophy for education is based on my passion for the dental professions. Pat McCrory stated “I have a passion for education – we will never be satisfied until we transform our public schools into centers of excellence. We cannot achieve excellence by simply spending more money on a broken system; we must make major reforms. Our primary goal must be to empower students to grasp control of their adult lives by providing them the necessary skill set to get a job.” I believe that the true purpose of school is to create a community that supports the expansion of student skills and knowledge. Arming students with skills and knowledge to make educated decisions that respect everyone’s culture, ideas, and beliefs should be the main focus.

A teacher’s role in the classroom is one that is never ending. I like to consider teachers as captains of a ship in a sea full of knowledge their purpose is to guide students through these seas in order to teach them the skills and provide them with the knowledge they need to survive at their chosen destination. Each student’s destination will be a different one so creativity, versatile knowledge, and skills are important.

I believe students learn best when they are presented with skills, ideas, and information in a number of ways. Every student has a unique learning style as educators it is our job to identify these learning styles and incorporate them into our lessons. In school we should be teaching the basic such as math, science, history, grammar, and spelling. Interpersonal skills, acceptance, and tolerance should be incorporated when teaching these topics. Students need to be able to express their ideas and critically think to solve issues, difficult situations, and

Janice Koch the author of the textbook Teach summed up my personal philosophy when she stated “Unless we meet and interact with people from many walks of life and with different ways of being in the world, we run the risk of closing our minds to all that is possible in the human condition.”(Koch, 105).  My goal as an educator is to prevent this from happening to my students and to prepare them so they can discover themselves.

 

References:

Koch , J. (2013). Teach. (2 ed., p. 105). Belmont: Wadsworth.

 

Final thoughts: Wrapping up Principles of Education

Principles of education was a required class for my degree and I had no idea what to expect going into it. With each new module I was surprised to see myself evaluation my education in ways I had never thought to even considered before. Instructors who I questioned their method of teaching were beginning to make sense and those who I saw as awesome educators became even more important to my success. Something I will most certainly take from this class was how to incorporate different teaching styles into my lessons. Critically thinking was something I didn’t always see the importance of in school. I have come to realize it is not always about the topic but the way the topic is presented.

The most significant thing I learned in through the modules had to be finding out what what kind of educator I would like to be. This is significant because I feel I truly have a better idea of what qualities I possess that will help me become a good teacher. The passion that I have for what I do is priceless and should be shown in all aspects of teaching. I have learned that as a teacher you have to play a number of roles.

 

 

Technology & Teaching

Technology has a way of being incorporated in to all aspects of your life, the classroom is no different. Many are for the incorporation of technology into teaching and the learning process. Before exploring the sources and readings in Module 6 I didn’t realize that the social media sites could enhance learning. Twitter surprised me the most. In Teach  Twitter was said to be a good place to “remind students of homework and assignments and provide relevant information for their class” (Koch, 143). Students and teachers can utilize all kinds of technology outlets in order to explore many new avenues of learning. Adrianne Poucher made an excellent point in her post by stating “  Technologies should function as intellectual tool kits that enable learners to build more meaningful personal interpretations and representations of the world. These tool kits must support the intellectual functions that are required by a course of study. One example of this is the use of technology to include real time learning. Technology enables the teacher to use the most current information and integrate it into the lesson plan. Instead of outdated textbooks, technology enables the students to relate certain concepts to the world they live in.” Having the most current information is definitely a plus when it comes to using technology in the classroom. Technology also creates a swift to individualized learning because a student now has the ability to a lot of outside research in order to explore topics that interest them. Individualized Learning vs. Personalized Learning mentions that
“learner devised learning activities based on reflection and conversations with teachers and other stakeholders, and a resourceful use of a growing knowledge of resources and personal learning strategies” which I found to be very valid. I learned some great things but researching topics that I was interested in with my professors and teachers.

Source: http://neslihandurmusoglu.edublogs.org/files/2011/02/cartoons2-1fqu6fj.

With the increase use of technology comes a new set of issues and precautions one must take to ensure that it is being used properly. Christina Boxler pointed out in her post that ethics becomes a concern. She stated

“A big concern with social media and it’s use in the classroom is ethics. “Ethics needs to be part of the basic information/ literacy skills that we teach our children” (Warlick, 2007). According to David Warlick (2007), he shares his views of ethics regarding social media:

  • Respect for the intellectual property (copyright, etc.)
  • Respect for intellectual integrity (respect truth)
  • Respect for each other (cause no harm)
  • Respect for the information of infrastructure ”

Leanne Irwin also addressed in her post how frustrating technology can be when you cannot find the research you are looking for or how overwhelming it can be when there are too many options. I myself have run into both situations and I have found sometimes knowing where to start can also be difficult. When searching for outside articles and research on this topic I came across a website that was dedicated to connecting education and technology. This site has a number of quides including those those on technology safety.  Dr. Gusa has a similar site that she uses to organize her resources.I think this a great way to network and to keep resources organize. I personally would want to utilize this technology in order to keep my technology in order.

Self Assessment: I included all resources and link all of my sources.

Resources: Koch, J. (2013). TEACH 2. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

 

 

Being Effective: Teaching at a new level

A good teacher and one that is effective are two very different things. From this module we explored the qualities and attributes one must have in order to be an effective teacher.  In the reading Barriers to Effective Teaching many of these attributes were pointed out. In Ilicia Kelly’s post she mentioned the quote related by Socrates that looked at teaching a flame verse just filling a vessel. One of the barriers to effective teaching is teaching just to fill someone with knowledge. The journey and understanding process is what should keep the learner’s attention or in other words fuel the flame.

  Along with these attributes comes a good lesson plan with well taught out measurable objectives.

Education-Its come a long way since the chalkboard.

Module 3 was jam packed with lots of information regarding the history of education and those who have significantly influenced it. Like many things in our society education has come a long way but there is still work that needs to be done to improve it. There are a number of education philosophies that some are for and against. A large discussion took place under the discussion board topic covering Social Institutional Forces that dealt with standardized testing. Alfie Kohn wrote an article directly addressing his thoughts on this type of testing and how it can be an inaccurate portrayal of evaluating a student’s education. Many of my fellow classmates agreed with Mr. Kohn and felt standardized tests were not the way to go.

This quotes can be related to the preparation that goes into standardized tests instead of actually working through problems students are just memorizing the answers. Taken for midnightmusic.com

Researching the topic of education reform further I found an excellent site www.edreform.com.  This site actually was created to organize and take part in making sure education is a top priority. The cite organizes the latest news on education reform and laws as well as issues concerning education.

In this module we also covered how technology has been mentioned as an option to cut cots in education and make education more profitable. A few of my fellow students and I found the quote “There taking education, which ought to be in a different sphere where we are constantly concerned about raising quality, and they’re applying a business metric:How do we cut costs? to very shocking and concerning. Education should not come with a price tag. By this I mean a good solid education should be available to all students regardless of the cost. The cost should be secondary and less important but unfortunately our society is focused on the cost part it is always about the bottom line.

Up until I had read chapter 3 in Janice Koch’s textbook teach I had no idea how influential our early presidents and countries leaders were when it came to education. In the Speaking Out discussion Ilicia Kelly dedicated her post to the three mentioned in the text Jefferson, Franklin, and Washington. They believed that in order for a democracy to work properly citizens must be well educated and that the educational system should accommodate to all (Koch, 49). This is still very true today.

 

Self Assessment: I included all the criteria and all aspects that were requested so I believe I deserve an A.

My Thoughts on Module 2

At the beginning of this module I thought that they learning styles would we be discussing would be the three basic styles visual, auditory, and hands on  or kinesthetic.

This chart is curiosity of The Bubbly Professor website.

After reading Chapter 4 in Teach, I knew that this module was far behind those three basic learning styles. The book gave a great background heading into the other materials in the module and I am glad that I had read that first. I had never heard of Bloom’s  educational taxonomy and I had to look up what taxonomy was in terms of learning. Further more Dr. L. Dee Fink writing describing and defining Significant Learning I began to see what it meant to truly learn.  This to me was the most significant (no pun intended) piece of this module. His taxonomy was very simple and easy to understand and made a lot of sense to me personally. I referred to the pie chart in the reading frequently throughout the module.

” Significant learning requires that there be some kind of lasting change that is important in terms of the learner’s life.”-Dr. L Dee Fink
This quote spoke volumes to me. I was able to see how important deep learning was and the impact it could have on our lives.

Throughout all aspects of the module I found myself thinking back to my past experiences in school and tried thinking of times when different learning styles were used. At first I was having a hard time thinking of any and it actually took me half way through writing my first post in the Speaking Out discussion, “I wish I learned that in school!” for me to realize that I had learned a great deal more than just facts and skills in school. I had learned that there is sometimes something deeper the teacher or professor is trying to get across to the student. Do I feel all students will connect with this deeper meaning, not always. I believe this is were the deep learning comes in. If a student of any age has the ability to pick up on that deeper meaning then deeper learner or significant learning is taking place.

I am going to admit the discussion board titled Learning to Fly was a intimidating. Lyrics from a song can be interrupted in a number of ways. Jennifer Garcia’s post was very similar to my thoughts when it came to the lyrics. She connected her struggles with the lyrics which made them apply to her learning experiences. Another post I found interested even though it was different from my own prospective was Lisa Lavery’s post. She mentioned risks and how learning is a risk. I  didn’t get that out of the lyrics but I realized where she was going with it. For example if you don’t study for a test you are taking a risk, risk of passing that test. In life if we do not take opportunities to learn or think a little deeper about topics we are risk missing out on something that could be meaningful or impact our lives. Ali Yakhlef said it best in “The three facets of knowledge: A critique of the practice-based learning theory when she stated “ Participation is regarded central to learning, as learning is not something that takes place in the mind of isolated individuals, but something produced and reproduced in the social relations of individuals when they participate in society.” By this she is simply saying that you have to an active learner and be open so that you can see the overall big picture and the meaning that is not so black ans white. This could be applied to our lives in a number of ways.

Fish is Fish.

Picture taken curiosity of PBS’s website.

My goal at the end of the module was to take what I learned in the module about deeper and significant learning and reapply it to one of the provided materials. I chose to reapply it to the Fish is Fish video. I understand the concepts that are being portrayed in the video but I wanted to apply it to teaching and it got me thinking. Is a teacher just a teacher?  I am guilty to once thinking that teaching was a easy job but I have to admit I was wrong and think differently now. A teacher has to be incorporate many learning styles, his or her content material, and manage to make meaningful connections for students to pick up on. That is a lot of areas to cover in what are normally short amounts of time. This is a very important role and one that takes a very developed mind and thought process. I did a little research and found a great article from the Washington Post that was written about a teacher. In the report the teacher was quoted by saying “We have, at the same time, front row seats to and lead roles in education today.” I couldn’t agree more. Teachers lead us in education and their lasting impact and what we can take from their teachings we can apply to our lives just like Dr. Fink explained.  I feel that this module definitely will be applied to the following modules we complete in this course.

 

Self Assessment: I included all of the all parts need to complete this blog so I am giving myself an A.