Dervin states, as an individual moves through an experience it is potentially a sense making moment. This is something to keep in mind. Students need to experience things in order to make sense of it. So how can I make it a meaningful experience for my students in order to make sense of the topics? Baggio talks about Constructivism focusing on the learner instead of the instructor. It also has a collaborative nature which works well in a technology society. Baggio also talks about how in a constructionist approach, the learner doesn't necessarily learn from an instructor. I wonder how this would look in a second grade classroom?
I agree with Baggio when she says that it is important to have visuals for students to learn. As she mentions, most people are visual learners and it is important to show information through visuals. When I create lessons I try to make sure I have something for the students to see to connect what they are learning. For example, if I am teaching contractions I find a Youtube video or song to help students remember the concept. Lastly, I found it mind blowing the section about imagination. She mentions that all inventions, creations and technology were once part of someones imagination. I feel this was an eye opener for me. I do not feel kids these days use their imagination like they use to. So my last question would be, how can I help my students use their imaginations and be creative?
During this journey I have been overwhelmed. I am learning so much especially about different ways to integrate technology into my classroom. The problem I am having is time. When do I have time to not only integrate the new things into my classroom but when do I have the time to show my students how it works, and for that matter, teach myself how it works and how I want to use it. I love that I am learning so much but I feel so stressed that I am not using enough. I am making a list of everything I want to use and over the summer I will decided when to use it and for what. Right now I feel like there is too much on my plate. In our 702 class we are making a timeline to try new things. I think this helps but I'm not sure how many new things to introduce this late in the year.
I do feel this journey is making me take a closer look at myself as a teacher. I feel that I am learning so much about how to better my teaching practices. I am glad that I am doing this after six years of teaching. I feel it is helping me feel fresh again (and a little stressed). I am excited to keep learning and trying new things in my class to better my students' learning experiences.
First off I have to say, I hate reading books online. So not only was this content really hard to get through, I struggled reading it on my computer. I like to highlight and follow things with my fingers (like I teach my second graders to do). Putting the book in front of me while on a screen makes it hard for me to read, especially long books instead of short articles. That being said, I had to read and stop constantly. I was really hoping to get through it quickly but I knew after the first few pages that was not going to happen. After reading this I noticed there was also a video to help us understand it. That helped too. I was listening to the video while finding the information in the reading to help me connect them together.
So something that did make sense (or at least I think it did) was that I need to help students build a bridge that is designed specifically for them to make sense of information. Each student comes from different backgrounds no matter what race or ethnicity they come from. Students use information to bridge the gap, but the sense making does not stop after they built the bridge. It continues after they crossed it. (Am I even making sense???) Teaching students to communicate can help students bridge that gap.
If I were to try and teach this to a high schooler I would want to have some sort of picture representation along with a video to help teach this. Giving them the book to read probably would be very difficult to understand. I might have them research the information and Brenda Dervin to see what they came up with first. Based on this video, I might have them play a game that only one student knows the rules to. Then the other students have to make sense of what the other students are doing and make sense of the rules. I think this could help introduce the topic of sense making.