When the professor mentioned this assignment in class I was interested, I went through the various assignments on ds106 before making a decision. I decided to do the Visual Assignment: King of the Meltdowns, I felt the quote fit the picture I found. It was kind of hard trying to pair the perfect picture with the perfect quote, but I feel they relate to Charlie Sheen and his character on Two and Half Men.
I used Photoshop Express to assist with my photo editing for this assignment. I feel that an assignment such as this can be incorporated in my classroom because I can have my students pick a favorite line from a poem or a famous leader and match it to a picture that relates to the quote as well as inspire them.
During our discussion in class today about discovering an entrance point of networking through social networks and blogs that can benefit me as a future educator, I begin brainstorming and researching. I chose to utilize Twitter and I came across many educators that were tweeting about different topics within Education. The one tweet that I came across was from @Educationweek, with a link to a blog titled “The Problem with Lesson Plans” by Nancy Flanagan. I found this blog to be very interesting as well as the comments. Nancy gave a better insight on what to look forward to when it comes to preparing lesson plans, she even stated that they are not “one size fit all”. Creating effective lesson plans takes thought, creativity, time, effort and initiative. Another tip that I plan to take from the blog is that Nancy suggest collaborating with skilled colleagues who serve the same kids and share methods that worked for them with the students.
As an future Educator I feel that its important to make connections and to network with others while on the path to my career. I also know that even while already in the midst of it I can never have too much knowledge and I feel that in any field whether Teaching or Accounting, people can always perfect and enhance on any skill. One of the things that always intrigued me since I’ve decided to become a teacher is, “How do teachers know what to teach on a daily basis?” For instance, “Do they read from a mastery handbook of lesson plans?” I never knew that they was required to prepare lesson plans from week to week or even day to day to guide them and help them deliver the material to the students in a way they feel is most efficient and effective. I discovered this once a few of my peers, whom are teachers, told me they spent their lunch breaks or Sunday evenings preparing for the week ahead. Nancy in her blog clarified that teachers can not standardize lesson plans just as they are doing with everything else pertaining to school. Reading this blog it was refreshing because the comments were just as enlightening and gave me a heads up as what to look forward to once in my own school and classroom.
Watching the video by Michael Welsh, gives the harsh reality of how students feel about sitting through a traditional lecture in college. Most professors tend to get up there and talk for 2-3 hours straight without any breaks. They expect most students to copy what their saying word for word, or others read directly from the textbook.
Returning back to school after a 8 year break, I was expecting that the style of teaching would have evolved since then but to no avail its pretty much the same. In the article, “The Evolution of American Higher Education”, by James M. Danko, the author also discusses the need for change with the way colleges and universities are teaching students. Students of today are more creative and inventive and colleges would need to be the same in order to attract students that are already worried about their investment in their eduaction due to the struggling economy.
We need to find ways to reach students in a way they understand! We need to understand what they are in tune with!
The video that I watched was extremely interesting with some facts and statistics that I have not thought about before. College means different things for every individual. Some people find it interesting, some attend because family members want them to, others because they really want to, others feel college is boring; college should never be boring. Unfortunately, sometimes it is. Sometimes it can be boring because the way the information is being delivered is boring. Students’ attention has to be captured in a way that resembles the world we live in; technology resembles the world we live in.
College needs to prepare us for the jobs that we will one day fulfull, not what is currenty available. What is curently available might not be once we graduate. Therefore, our education needs to modified in a way that fits the world we have grown up with, and a world we will see 5-10 years down the road. Education needs to evolve as our technological world is advancing. So far in my experience as an undergraduate, I wish I would have had, and would have more hands-on experiences relating to what I will be doing in the near future. I am a Bilingual Childhood education major and I wish we would have certain things at York College that we will see in our future jobs. For example, many public schools across the city have Smart Boards and Elmos. We should have an interactive classroom that has things that we will see in the schools. Same goes for any other major. College should be a real experience for what awaits us! What awaits us is being able to use technology to maneuver around this busy world of ours!
Why should we have to look things up at home? Lets do things together; in the classroom!