PERSPECTIVES ON LEARNING AND TEACHING

Self regulated learning (SRL)is the topic that I think very beneficial in my future teaching online/offline and as a student online. Understanding self regulated learning is beneficial because this will lead me to become more self-disciplined and self-monitoring as a student online. This keeps me on focus in monitoring my progress.

Upon learning the components of self regulation, I was able to learn more about metacognition and motivation in the academic aspect. I realized that this facilitates me in completing my task in OU. Through SRL, I was able to apply strategies and this helps me monitor my distance learning like using calendars, self-imposed deadlines, printing out and marking up instructional materials, note taking, keeping records of completed assignments. Moreover, these strategies improved my online presence in distance learning like daily logons on the course Web site, drawing on other students’ posts as models, composing posts offline and then copying and pasting into the online forum.

I believe that I will be a successful online students by using self regulation strategies. The concept of self regulation really helped to enhance my learning online.

As a future teacher in a classroom setting, I will teach these strategies to my students in order for them to achieve academic success. I will help students develop skills, attitudes and beliefs that support self-regulation of the learning process. I will give more responsibility to the student. Make them want to take hold of the new style of learning and be successful. In this way, students will find personal meaning in what they are studying. I will show and teach them on how to be self regulated. I know that when students are taught to use themselves as the ultimate learning tool then they can achieve great things. Self-regulated, independent learners take responsibility for what they learn and how far they can go with this knowledge. These skills will have to be built on the processes and basic knowledge of learning. Once established, the student can work effectively and successfully. 

MODULE 10: CRITICAL THINKING

Activities that I think I am nurturing my critical thinking skills

1. Evaluating my online student’s level after our class discussion

2. Searching for authentic websites for my online students in order to give them additional reference in improving their grammar and pronunciation

3. Doing my weekly forum post online (OU), analyzing the concept theories and then reflecting them in my journal

4. Expressing my agreement, appreciation, and encouragement to posts of my classmates online (OU)

5. During my weekly meeting with my manager and engage in “what-if” thinking

A CHILDHOOD MEMORY

Until now, I am so excited to write about a childhood memory that keeps me smiling everytime that I’m thinking of it.

It felt so good when you got a perfect score but how about the opposite of it especially if it was the first time that I got nothing in a short quiz.

In a class of 35, I was only the student who scored the lowest. This happened when I was in elementary days. I was not really good in Math and had no interest in doing an extra effort to be able to understand a certain topic in Arithmetic. One of my classmates offered a help for tutorial but I declined because I knew what I was capable of and I didn’t want him to explain some formulas repeatedly which I hardly understand. At that moment, I made a conclusion that number (Math) topics were not for me to focus. Good thing that I luckily passed the subject because my parents enrolled me in a Saturday tutorial Math Program for those who were candidates for failure (in Math).

The lesson for this childhood memory was to be able to do an extra effort to learn something beneficial. Time is gold as they say and I completely realized the significance of doing something as early as possible for improvement. If I did an extra effort to understand my Math subject, I think I would have a lesser time to focus much with that subject when I was in college. My time has been spent so much to my Math subject and that other subjects were compromised.

My FIRST TEACHER

I still remember the first day that I went to school. It was very memorable. My mother accompanied me to school and she’s the one who held my bag. The school was only 200 meters away from our house and we went to school on foot. The school was only a very small building with 5 rooms. In my first day, I met new friends and they became my daily playmates after academic hours. One thing that was really significant for me was my prep teacher. She was really neat, beautiful and very cheerful. She greeted us with a smile and spoke with us in a very soft voice. She had a golden voice and used it to get our voice by singing a nursery song. She definitely had the passion to teach because however noisy we were, she was able to control her anger. She explained the phonics, letter of the alphabet, shapes, numbers, clearly and had the patience to teach my classmates when she saw that some topics might not clear to them. After 3 months, she left the school because she had to go with her husband in a different region. Then a teacher came to replace her and our classroom experience became completely a nightmare. From an angelic teacher to a horror/terror teacher. When I went home from school, I just love to remember the moments of my previous teacher’s teaching in our classroom. I was so motivated to go to school because of her, but this changed when a new teacher replaced her.

I graduated from elementary and high school and yet my first teacher’s way of teaching was still incomparable and the most effective among all teachers that I’ve been. I say this because she’s the teacher, who without any inspirational statement from her, became my inspiration and my motivation to study. I gave her my full respect because her way of teaching to us really made me aware that I have to act nicely and teach with a heart to motivate students.

This is the memory that I think gives me a very positive impact to education and serves as my model to become a teacher by heart and in deed.

STRENGTHS and WEAKNESSES of CONSTRUCTIVISM

Strengths:
It has been used in special education settings for some time. It is effective for students who have special needs like sensory processing disorder or those on the Autistic spectrum. Some of these students have brilliant minds, but simply can’t be reached through traditional methods.

Several teaching and learning activities foster constructivist notions that lead to the development of comprehension abilities. These activities are based on the premise that comprehension is a gradual, emerging process in which readers grow in comprehension abilities by processing texts in a generative manner, building on their own experiences, knowledges, and values. Eight categories of activities have proven to be successful in helping students develop their comprehension abilities include:
Preparing for reading activities,
Developing vocabulary activities,
Understanding and using text structure knowledge activities,
Questioning activities,
Information processing activities,
Summarizing activities,
Notetaking activities, and
Voluntary/recreational reading activities.

Weaknesses:
It discard standardized curriculum in favor or a more personalized course of study based on what the student already knows. This could lead some students to fall behind of others. It also removes grading in the traditional way and instead places more value on students evaluating their own progress, which may lead to students falling behind but without standardized grading and evaluations teachers may not know that the student is struggling. Since there is no evaluation in the traditional sense, the student may not be creating knowledge as the theory asserts, but just be copying what other students are doing.

It can actually lead students to be confused and frustrated because they may not have the ability to form relationships and abstracts between the knowledge they already have and the knowledge they are learning for themselves.

COOPERATIVE LEARNING: A Closer Look

Group or team work were the first things that came my mind when I encountered the term collaborative/cooperative learning. I must admit that this was a part of learning. I still remember those moments when I was in college wherein most activities needed to be done was in group. And to say, I was not really comfortable that time because of many reasons.

In this article, I will enumerate some of the good and bad things about this kind of learning.
The bad things about it:

1.Not all will contribute to the project. Hard working students do all of the work and the lazy students do nothing and still receive the same grade. This is not fair to those who worked hard, or for those who sat in the corner and talked the entire time. Not everyone in the group will participate. Some people rely on others to do the work for them. These people usually receive the same grade, which is not fair to the people in the group who did all of the work. Often times group members will not equally contribute to a task in which the whole group receives one grade. So if a member does not fully participate they may be given a grade that they do not deserve.

2. Personalities Clash. Students lacking social skills would not know how to work in groups and this could result in a task or social conflicts. You spend more time over coming your differences than actually doing the work. When you put a group of people that have never worked together. Personalities might lead to arguments, this would waste time and lead to an unproductive group.

And more importantly, the good effects are:

1. Allows students to tutor each other on the information being studied. Two minds are better in solving a problem than one, in a group many ideas will be gathered and discussed. Thus, they can be inspired during group processes and they can reach a solution easier, faster and more efficient. Usually teamwork can save time, as it gives the ability to get more work done in less time and the workload to be split. It is also often, the result of the group effort, to lead to multiple solutions instead of one.

2. Encourages students to share experiences and learn from others. In collaborative learning, students are obliged to actively participate in the learning process. They are highly involved in the learning process. They have to think while working with a group, and during the whole group process to accomplish and complete a given task, they have to truly understand things.Working within a group each member of the group has the opportunity to share thoughts, to discuss different perspectives, to be inspired during group processes, to even teach to the rest what others might not understand. Therefore, the result will lead the students to learn and understand more.