Sunday, April 5, 2015

Blog Post #11

"What can we learn from these teachers?"
1. Back to the Future by Brian Cosby
Brian Cosby teaches us a variety of important teaching aspects as supported by his former class. Cosby focuses on the importance of creativity and real world connections. What I found most interesting was his anecdote about a former class where he asked his students basic questions about their everyday life. (i.e. What state do you live in? What country do you live in? and What is your address?) Few of his students could answer all of the questions correctly. I found this interesting because of how much my class focused on these basic topics in Kindergarten.Therefore, I learned that we should not teach our students only the state standards of curriculum, but also parts of everyday knowledge. 

2. Blended Learning Cycle by Paul Andersen
I really enjoyed learning about Paul Andersen's method of teaching. In his method, acronyms play a large part in successful teaching/learning. A big fan of acronyms myself, I found his various ways to incorporate them to be very useful. Andersen creates acronyms to assist the students in retaining what they have learned for the day. 

3. Making Thinking Visible by Mark Church
Mark Church appears to enjoy the teaching style that is a mixture of PBL, lecture, and presentation based. In his video, he had his students write on a banner what they already knew about human origins. After his lesson, he allowed them to go back and add on what they had learned. I really like this idea, as giving the students a creative activity prior to teaching is a great way to spark interest in the subject at hand. 

4. Building Comics by Sam Pane
In "Building Comics" Sam Pane focuses on teaching his students internet safety and the importance of being a digital citizen. I found this to be very useful, as I. along with many other students from my age group, were never really taught about internet safety and digital citizenship; therefore, we have a large rate of cyber-bullying, and poor internet safety techniques.

5/6. Project Based Learning by Dean Shareski and Roosevelt Elementary's PBL Program 
Project based learning is already something that I am highly interested in. Therefore, videos 5 and 6 only reiterated that. In both of these videos, the use of PBL is elaborated on and used to combine subjects.. What I liked about these videos, is that technology was incorporated and subjects were merged. Coming from a school district where technology is not viewed as that important, I enjoy finding out different ways that I can, hopefully, one day incorporate into my classroom. Additionally, I really like the idea of merging subjects to teach a lesson. Why just focus on one subject when your students can learn more from the combination of multiple ones?


  1. Kelsey Crawford
    Hello Kelsey my name is Shelby Jemison! I love the organization of your blog post it is clear and informative. I am also very interested in project based learning. I love that we get the opportunity to learn about it by using it in EDM 310. The last video where the teachers use PBL while merging together subjects was definitely one of my favorites. I also plan to try and combine subjects and use project based learning in my classroom one day too! Your blog post was great!
    Shelby J.