Hello there, this week your fearless blogger is Christa, so get excited.
We started class with a free write in response to the question:
Do teachers teach students to learn or do they teach students to think?
This lead to an interesting discussion on which position resonated with us more. As usual, there was some disagreement in our group which helped enrich our conversation. In the end everyone had excellent points that helped us challenged how we view our roles as teachers.
After spending some time looking closer at our Unit Plan project requirements, Paige gave us an excellent talk on some of the aspects that will be involved in edTPA. It’s great that we have someone in our group who has already gone though it to help guide us on the long journey.
Andrea then delighted us with her unit plan for teaching her kids to budget – an example for the rest of us as we continue to think about what objectives we want for our students and why type of assessments will come from that. *Remember: the objective informs the assessment, not the other way around.
Then Sharon gave us an excellent question to ponder. What are some strategies that can be used to teach an oppositional audience? We came up with some different ideas but if any of you readers out there have any thoughts on how to work with students who do not want to be worked with I would love for you to leave a comment or two below!
The night ended with a discussion of the readings where we focused on bringing in current issues to the classroom.
We covered quite a bit but I hope you enjoyed!
See you next week back on my own blog page – Cheers for now!