Just Thinking…

17 Aug

Deep learning is the basis on which I instruct my students; whether it is through the use of practical thinking skills, human dimension activities, and/or data gathering. Even with a subject like Religious Studies this is common. Staff are role modelling this in our College with the use of their learning plans.

 

Engaging students actively in their own learning, and encouraging understanding of presented materials, should be the main goal of all educators. As an advocate for student learning and success, I am obliged to help move students towards their goals through the implementation of deep learning strategies in the classroom.

 

Practical thinking skills are an essential part of my lesson planning. Students are most likely to be interested in classroom activities when they feel an emotional connection to the lesson on any level. Practical thinking strategies involve connecting curricular activities to real-life experiences, in hopes to evoke critical thinking. My goal as an educator is to ensure that all my students are higher-level thinkers, moving from basic knowledge level-based learning to evaluation level-based learning. Through problem-solving and decision-making activities, my students are capable to answer questions, make decisions, and solve problems successfully.

 

Human dimension activities also play an essential role in my lesson planning. By the time my students leave my classroom, they learn to take pride in their accomplishments, see the importance of community building, learn how to stay positive, and mentor and/or develop accountability among their peers. Students reach these goals because my classroom is a community of productive citizens working together to reach success. We are a chain, and we are only as strong as our weakest link. We have class meetings to discuss challenges we may face daily in the classroom in search for positive solutions. This brings stability to my classroom and makes each person accountable for their actions individually and collectively. Indirectly, students take ownership and pride in being a citizen of my classroom, and they succeed academically in the process.

 

Data gathering is incredibly significant to the way I plan my lessons. This deep learning characteristic gives my students the opportunities to practice and develop their abilities to make and record observations, research and record factual information, and report findings accurately and effectively. I never want my students to get in the routine of completing mundane assignments, to the point weekly instruction becomes predictable and uninteresting.

 

As you can see, deep learning is pivotal to successful teaching and learning in my classroom. When my students are learning and being transformed in the process, I feel accomplished. Implementing deep learning takes dedication and successful planning, but it is well worth it in the end. Besides, as an educator I am here to service the needs of my students and I plan to do just that for as long as I can.

 

Wise Words

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

– Jim Rohn

This really struck me that we have a responsibility not only to ourselves but to the people we work closely with. By this I mean we need to support those around us to develop and grow to raise the average among us. I have used this in all aspects of my life recently. Be it at work or training for an ironman.

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