RE 5040 Fall 2011
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Amanda Solesbee
reply to Sarah Patten
Wed Dec 7, 2011 20:46

You are right with learning that there is never an absolute answer in working with children. I wish I could say the same about your opinion with teachers always researching new ways and better ways to make connections with their students, but it is not something I see very often where I am. I think that they should be, and I try to show them the reasons why and most of them being “veteran” teachers just don’t want to change and are still in their same old ways of teaching. I understand that sometimes that way was probably perfect for the students, but with the students we have now in the 21st century, they learn very differently than students 30 plus years ago. I also learned that we need to research our questions and to have informal and formal observations. That is something that my principal wants all teachers to do more and document on when they complete the observations so the teachers can become better at reflecting from their own teaching. You are right, reflecting is very important. This is something that I hope to get better at as it is hard to take the time to just sit and reflect sometimes with all the new stuff we are required to do now in our schools. I am glad you want to continue to research new strategies with your students, I am doing the same. I hope you enjoy your future research and I am sure you will be a great voice for your school for getting teachers started with research.

  • what did I learn? - sarah patten, Tue Dec 6 16:21
    I think I learned that there is never an absolute answer in working with children. Teachers are always researching better ways to make connections with our students. Each child is different. And as... more
    • No absolutes - Marlee Wright, Sun Dec 11 23:14
      Agreed! Every year, every child - they are all different. That is one of the things I like about teaching. There is never a dull moment! That also presents one of the greatest challenges. What worked ... more
      • Re: No absolutes - Ashley Montgomery, Tue Dec 13 07:35
        You are so right. Every child is different and has different needs. I also find that every class is very different from the last one. what worked last year might not work this year. I don't think I... more
      • Re: No absolutes - Nakita Carson, Mon Dec 12 20:12
        Great point Marlee! Every child, every year is different! I have found that even in the activities I do year after year! Research allows you to know this and learn and change what you do for each... more
        • Different children different years - Marlee Wright, Mon Dec 12 20:56
          Yes - even the activities I do most years need to be tweaked each time so that they are the right fit for the current children. I think that the research piece will be really helpful to help create... more
    • reply to Sarah Patten - Amanda Solesbee, Wed Dec 7 20:46
      • response to Amanda - sarah patten, Thu Dec 8 21:00
        It is hard when you are around a bunch of veteran teachers who never want to try anything new. I have been there before. I try to seek out the teachers who think out of the box and try new things. I... more
    • Re: what did I learn? - beasleylm, Wed Dec 7 19:52
      I agree that there is never an absolute answer when working with children. I also agree that it is very important to collaborate with other people in our profession in finding what is right and what... more
    • Reply to Sarah - beasleycm, Wed Dec 7 16:15
      In my reflection, I also agree that we need to observe students to find out problems. Also similar is that I think research is valuable and teachers need to find new and fresh ways to teach and new... more
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RE 5040 Fall 2011