Week 4: Socio-Emotional Development and Motivation

3 Things I Learned:

  1. Something I learned was the meaning of the word “complex” as its not talking about the level of difficulty rather then the design of how a task is completed. Thinking about a complex skill now makes me think of a skill that takes many different moving parts to work rather then a skill that is hard to perform.
  2. Another thing I learned was how self-efficacy helps improve students motivation. When you are confident in a certain skill you are going to want to do better while doing that task.
  3. One thing I learned is that there is two types of motivation. One being extrinsic and the other being intrinsic. Extrinsic relies on the idea in which something must get completed, intrinsic relies on the need to want to conquer a challenge.

2 Connections I made

  1. I made a connection with how well observing helps the learning process. For myself seeing a skill be done can be all I need to be able to perform it as it helps me understand the process more clearly.
  2. Another connection I made was about  how using self talk and self-instruction can change your view and actions. When I cant seem to do a certain skill and I began to get frustrating I use self talk and self instruction to help myself focus again. It can also be an important skill for being able to calm yourself down if something doesn’t go your way as it helps you control your emotions.

1 Question I Have

  1. If our students are showing low intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, how can we as teachers help them move towards having more motivation?
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Part:iii Analysis

This place will always have a special meaning to myself as it was the place where I found peace. It’s a place where you create bonds with people that you can’t make anywhere else as you rely on them to do their part; meaning making supper,making the fire,carrying the food and tent. It was mid spring when we went on a canoe trip on the Churchill river and the beauty of every square inch made me fall in love with it. After being there for a bit you gain a relationship with the environment you’re in as you try to keep the natural beauty in tech. Since that trip I’ve never came across such clean refreshing air that can instantly change your mood. “I take a deep breath in a try to fill my lungs with as much of this beautiful fresh air as I possibly can.” There’s nothing motorized wrecking the environment making taking a breath that much sweeter. “It’s so peaceful out there and the air smells so good.” (Louv, page 13).

Being so far away from home and my normal life was extremely important in my understanding how you can learn so much by leaving your normal surroundings. I know from experience that going out to different places and learning about that certain ecosystem or ecoregion changes the learning experience as you see,feel and touch it first hand. Many students find it hard to pay attention to their work when surrounded by distracting things such as there phones, friends and everyday stresses but taking them away from all of those can open them up to a new form of learning making it more interesting and exciting.”Being so far away from home, coming here feels like an escape from reality.” I really like this quote from Matthew’s blog as he says a change of location can help distress from our busy lives.

 

I am a part of / apart from Nature: Morning’s Chills

The cool breeze slaps my face as it flies off the cold blue water and welcomes me to the day. I take a deep breath in a try to fill my lungs with as much of this beautiful fresh air as I possible can. I stand along the shore wishing I could watch the sun rise against the water all morning as it brings off a natural beauty that you can’t find anywhere else. Nature has its own way of saying good morning as it attacks all your senses in a matter of seconds. I start to look around at the area around me and notice how far the water seem to stretch out and how calm it is throughout. The trees that surround the lake are tall and strong making me feel safe and comfortable.

Looking back over my shoulder I see my buddy as he emerges out of the tall pines with a smile from ear to ear as he gets the same welcome I received. He joins me down by the water as we fill our water bags to start the day. The birds singing occupy the silence as I fill up my water bag. I walk over to a tree that I can hang it on and I realize my buddy is still by the water. He looks over at me then looks back at our canoe sitting along the shore. A little canoe ride before the rest of the class wakes up seems like a great idea to both of us. As soon as we get on the water we are both blown away by the calmness of the morning as there isn’t any movement in sight. We paddle down the river with smooth quiet strokes to keep the beauty of the moment in tech, we continue down the river taking as many deep breaths as we can. Most of us take for granted how beautiful Saskatchewan really is, these lakes I am surrounded by make me feel as if I was in British Columbia which some say is the prettiest place in Canada. I place my hand in the cold water and drag it along as we go along the river and notice the ripples coming off my one one after another as we paddle along. At this moment I start to hear my buddy start to sing and he starts to get louder and louder. I turn around to look at him and I notice that he has the biggest smile on his face as he must feel how welcoming this environment is.

 

Week 3: Biological and Cognitive Development

3 Things I Learned

  1. One thing I learned was the importance of forgetting, if we never forgot anything our working memories would overload at a fast rate making learning nearly impossible. The process of forgetting can be from interference or time decay, interference happens through gaining new thoughts making old ones to be pushed out. Time decay happens by not continuing to pay attention to information making it eventually be completely forgotten.
  2. . Fine motor skills can be improved greatly during the preschool years. During this time children often develop if they are right handed or left which 90% pick right and only 10% pick left. With that being said more boys pick left hand rather then girls. Children should have the opportunity to work with large paintbrushes, fat pencils, large pieces of drawing paper, large blocks, and play dough to accommodate their developing skills.
  3. Another thing I learned is how there are two types of multitasking, one being sequential multitasking and the other being simultaneous multitasking. Sequential multitasking is when you go from one task to another while simultaneous multitasking is when you try to do several tasks at the same time. Multitasking becomes a problem when you combined simultaneous multitasking with a complex task.

2 Connections I Made

  1. One connection I made was about the different forms of parenting styles as we have all seen these different forms be expressed through TV shows or seen first hand. It is important to understand the different types of parenting styles as teachers as we are another form of guidance to our students and we need to make sure we can make a connection and support our students in the best way for them.
  2. Another connection I made was that only 23% of Canadian children achieve the 90 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. I know from personal experience that I am much more focused in the classroom after being physically active. In my schooling experience I can remember students who didn’t have recess or access to a physical education class who had many more problems with acting out in class as we are made to move, not to sit in a desk all day. Children need breaks to move around and release there built up energy.

 

 1 Question I Still Have

  1. One question I still have is how we make sure our students are actually learning the information rather then just memorizing it.

EOE #1 Natures Stereo

When I think about nature the first thing that comes to mind is how peaceful and relaxing something so simple can be. When I was in high school I was lucky enough to be a part of the out door school program, there where we practiced stillness all the time without even knowing it. When we were on our trips every night our teacher would have us grab our journals and find a place all alone to write about our day as well as the place around us. I can remember this one place in particular where we jumped into our canoes and paddled to our on island  in the middle of the church hill river just me and my canoeing partner. I remember feeling so energized from the fresh air and the cool breeze coming off the water. On page 7 Louv says “Unlike television, nature does not steal time; it amplifies it.” I agree with this statement as I remember feeling like I was on this island for hours when in realness the teacher said we were only on it for half a hour. Nature has its own way of slowing down time making you take in every second and truly notice the beauty that you are surrounded in.

Being outside has always been a place were I’ve felt comfortable and seek in a time of stress for my release from the busy schedules we put on ourselves. Taking time to practice stillness has been a huge part of my life without me knowing what I was doing as it makes me forget about the stress and just enjoy those minutes of peace and relaxation.

 

 

 

Week 1: Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory

Three things I learned

  1. Experiences can change our future behavior and the way we see the world. Knowing this can help future teachers understand how to teach our students.
  2. Not everyone will develop at the same rate as the next as it can gradually for some and rapid for others. As teachers we have to open our own minds to trying new teaching methods that will better develop our students in a wide range of ways to try and connect with the students who are all at different rates of cognitive development.
  3. Where you are raised will affect what can kind of person you become. If you are raised in a unsafe environment it will be more difficult to feel comfortable some where new.

Two connections I made

  1. One connection I made was with the “private speech” topic. Many children use private speech to solve problems, this helps them develop that skill to where later they will be able to solve the problem non verbally and just be able to think about it.
  2. Another connection I made was how play can help shape how a child develops. Majority of skills people need to succeed in life were first learned through play weather that was social, physical or emotional. Playing with others  was huge in helping me develop my social skills that I use everyday and will continue to use in the future.

 

1 Question

As teachers how do go about using both Piaget’s and Vygotsky theories as there are pros and cons to both.