Busy week and Lots to Learn!
I like to think of my classroom and a "workplace" for my students. Dan Pink discussed 6 traits that make a job meaningful and I believe these work for a classroom as well:
Another topic this week was the difference between instructional design and teaching... We can say the ID is THEORY and Teaching is PRACTICE... But, successful learning outcomes need both. This reminds me of a Yogi Berra quote: "In Theory there’s no difference between theory and practice, but I practice, there is!" Teaching is in the trenches work.
We also explored memory. This weeks reading confirmed a lot of what I do as a teacher. I try and design lessons as a constructionist/connectivist hybrid and I believe CHUNKING is a great way to learn. Finally, anything that you do remember (makes it to long term memory) becomes part of a series of associations—you don’t learn anything in isolation. Association is KEY...
As always, Thanks for reading...
Robert Andreucci is a Science Teacher at Liberty High School. He currently teaches Biomedical Science . He is also a graduate student at Lehigh University studying Instructional Technology. This page represents his thoughts along his journey in TLT 403, Instructional Design at Lehigh.