published by David Wees on Wed, 01/08/2014 - 05:55
Teaching is a learned activity. As such, the act of teaching requires that the teacher have a mental model of what it means to teach. When teachers teach in ways which appear to an outside observer to be ineffective or poorly thought-out, it is because they are using a flawed model for understanding teaching and learning. Blaming teachers for having flawed models is like blaming students for not knowing things; it doesn't solve the problem, it may even exacerbate it.
published by David Wees on Fri, 01/03/2014 - 08:03
The following are studies which were all featured in the media in 2013. I am posting them here in the hope that they will be read more widely than they are, and that educators will examine the research themselves, and think about how this may affect their current practice.
published by David Wees on Fri, 12/06/2013 - 06:52
I just noticed that I can embed recordings of presentations from Big Marker, so I decided to embed my presentation for the Global Math department here. The presentation topic was "Teacher and Student Questions." You can view the slides here.
published by David Wees on Mon, 12/02/2013 - 17:27
My son went to a full day session to meet up with some other children around his age who are being homeschooled. During this time he had a class on engineering with Lego, and a lot of free time with which to play and socialize with the other children.
Interestingly enough, the kids decide to play the Game of School. They found a chalkboard and took turns pretending to be the teacher and explaining things to the other students. My son decided to be the math teacher, and according to him, this is what he tried to explain.
published by David Wees on Tue, 11/26/2013 - 03:09
I recently facilitated a workshop on social media for a school. I created two short videos to act as discussion starters, and then I created a workshop structure around the video clips that the school could use to facilitate the discussion with their students.
Outline of a workshop for students on social media:
published by David Wees on Mon, 11/18/2013 - 18:15
As I watched my son over the past few days learn about shape, I am struck by not only how much we need to learn to make sense of the world, but also by how even simple things cannot be taken granted as known by children.
published by David Wees on Wed, 11/06/2013 - 13:21
I'm currently working on creating a sample sequence of lessons for teachers to use for a geometry unit. At this stage, students will have been exposed to (but will not necessarily have learned all of) geometric transformations, constructions, and some review on geometric vocabulary.
My objective is to create a sequence of lessons which include: