Research demonstrates that regardless of how many methods classes a preservice teacher takes, the thing that will most influence how a teacher teaches is how they were taught. Your experiences as a student will, for much of your career, outweigh your experiences as a teacher. And that's not a bad thing. It's something to hold on too.
WHAT TO POST
Thus, to begin our semester together, we should start at the very beginning, with a brief reflection on your student experiences. In roughly 200-300 words, post a story about either a best or worst class experience. Rather than just report the experience, make sure to try to identify what about it made it a best or worst experience.
AFTER YOU POST
Take some time to read what your classmates have to say. Don't skip this step. I'm not asking you to post anything in response an am trusting that you will do this reading work prior to class.
WHEN WE MEET IN CLASS
I will ask you to discuss what you've read from your colleagues in small break out groups and develop a short summary of the qualities of an excellent classroom experience and, of course, the opposite of that, what seems to be the qualities of a bad classroom experience.
Over the course of the semester, we will develop our ideas, see how they fit into a wider discussion of theory and literacy pedagogy.
I look forward to reading and responding to your work here.
HOW TO POST
Click on the "comment" button located at either the top right or bottom left of this post. Fill in the form as required and post your 100-200 words in the dialogue box. You might want to compose in another program so nothing gets lost. Once you've finished, click submit.
NOTE: Occasionally, weekly asks you to identify a series of images in order to submit your post. Sometimes a glitch makes it impossible to see the "submit" button. If this happens, let me know. You can email me your post and I will post it on your behalf. When this happens, I contact weekly and they typically fix the problem.