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Cynthia Trickel
First - Then
Fri May 29, 2015 10:45

I agree with your statement concerning choice and the effects it has on motivation. When viewing the videos, I had some concern whether or not Jordan was achieving the learning objective. He definitely was given independence, however, I am not sure he was achieving the goal the teacher had in mind, due to the teacher saying something to the effect of "his" words to write. If Jordan was only writing words he knew and the teacher was not able to present new words, then learning may not have occurred. I have always liked the "first-then" approach and think it could have possibly been used here to have Jordan achieve the needed objective.

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    • RE: choice leads to motivation and comprehension - hildebranak, Sat May 30 09:42
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    • Question about choice - Jordan Seagraves, Fri May 29 17:19
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      • choice vs required reading - catheyt, Sat May 30 20:04
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    • First - Then - Cynthia Trickel, Fri May 29 10:45
      • what is first-then? - catheyt, Sat May 30 20:07
        I'd like to more hear about this approach. I'm not familiar with it. I'm assuming its first we __, then you can __ right? Jordan seemed extremely reluctant and unwilling to even come to the table,... more
    • Inference Response - whitemb2, Fri May 29 08:42
      I do believe it is a difficulty when it comes to teaching inference to any student. What I noticed from my past experiences is that I start with a book that meets not only their reading level, but... more
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