Dan commented on my blog about how students are forced to problem solve on their own when they are given tasks from a distance. This really made me think about my classroom and my beliefs for learning. I firmly believe that when you construct your own model or representation you will remember it. Most students remember the project they did on class not the fascinating lecture that I gave. They remember the interactions they had with others. This is something that I am trying to remember and focus on as I create my lessons.
Theresa commented on constructivism and behaviorism in her blog post this week. She made a great post and with her in that a lot of online courses are rooted in constructivism and behaviorism. She commented on grades as being behaviorist and this was one of my first thoughts this week. Grades determine the quality of work that is turned in. If we are unhappy with a grade we either work to resubmit or work harder on future assignments. Then she talked about constructivist because we have to construct our own learning because we are not physically present with others for most of the class. I think if our classes were more module based we would notice cognitivism, but this is not the case and I am thankful for that. I feel like the design of these classes is more conducive to my learning style.
Mariah focused on the cognitivist theory. I had not thought about my resources and how many have the component of cognitivism embedded with other learning theories. Computer assisted curriculum has become very popular and beneficial to me. I can create so much and reuse what has already been created. I use a lot of things from EDpuzzle, actively learn, and Kahoot. These sites are all rooted in lessons with questions to help process information. These fit with all 3 learning theories but a prominent one is the cognitivist theory because of the question and answer process that is embedded. She also talked about and interesting method for teaching mathematics called the Moore method. I'm not quite sure I understand how it works but if it involves constructivism I would be very intrigued. I always think it is hard to incorporate constructivism into math. Anyway you can increases learning, but without as much direct teaching I think it would be hard to get all students to learn what is necessary.
This week I hosted class with Genevieve and Dan. It is hard to collaborate from a distance and Dan's microphone wasn't working on Blackboard. Even without his microphone Dan was able to figure out ways around this. It was not the easiest but it worked. I think next time would be a little easier. I am not used to using Kahoot with people who aren't in the same room as me. This made it challenging. I think the suggestion of putting a timer on would be good in the future. Overall I feel good about our lesson and I had fun presenting.