The most prominent difference is that my students are learning – I hope! I can honestly say that I made it through my math courses by memorization. I was very good at memorizing algorithms and comprehending difficult information. I look at my students now, and I know that many of them would not survive in my high school math class. They simply do not learn the same way. For one, they are not as good at recalling information. Therefore, I cannot simply just give them facts and then test them.
I believe one of the best moments in my class is when the students are working through our daily warm-up problems. Students are challenged with problems that are created to apply the information that they have learned. They are encouraged to ask each other for help and work together to come up with the solution. As mentioned in the text, A New Culture of Learning, it is important to give your students many resources to cultivate their learning. One of the most used resources is their peer. This is mentioned again in the article, 5 Ways to Be a Better Teacher. Educators in today’s classrooms need to be a builder of relationships. Students need to be given the opportunity to collaborate with their peers, building interpersonal relationships that instill “respect and cooperation.”
The article also mentions the use of technology. The only time I was given the opportunity to use a computer at school was to write my English papers. I don’t think I was even introduced to a calculator until my calculus class when I was asked to purchase a graphing calculator. It scared the crap out of me! It came with a huge instructor’s guide and had all these different colored keys. I remember thinking – I can do this with pencil and paper so why do I need this monstrous thing. My students today look at pencil and paper as I did a graphing calculator. In the video, The Potential of Unity, I was most impressed by the opportunity of people from all around the world being able to come together in this module to work together to create. It gives people from many different platforms to unite to build together. I am not a gaming person, and all of this lingo still seems to fly over my head. However, I can still understand the concept of this engine and its potential to the students of today. I can totally see many of my students entering this site and, using the tutorials, building some great games together.
Technology and communication! Today’s classrooms are not learning without them.