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Forum: Looking at Learning... Again
Topic: Teaching and Learning
Topic Posted by: Melissa Cheung
Date Posted: Mon Feb 15 5:01:23 US/Eastern 1999
Topic Description: What are your beliefs about how people learn? How does your teaching style and school system work to accommodate how people learn?
Posted by: P Jackson
Date posted: Fri Mar 26 17:48:55 US/Eastern 1999
Subject: all subjects in a rural school; 5-8
I have the opportunity to "try" things at my school because I only have 6 students. I begin each school year with a learning styles inventory for each student and then attempt to teach to each child's strongest learning modality. (It's interesting to note that there are subtle changes in the way my kids think and learn each year as they mature.) Each child progresses at his own rate (one of mine is learning disabled). I am a facilitator and, because of my situation, am unable to do much large group instruction. I believe that kids learn best when the info is applicable and so have designed several units in which the kids have to demonstrate their learning. This year I've worked in conjunction with the Game and Fish to do a Bighorn Sheep Study. We've collected data all winter and will make a professional presentation to them in May. The kids have enjoyed these activities and I can see real learning taking place, but the amount of time invested is phenomenal. It's difficult to balance school and home. I find that when I don't have the energy to keep on top of it, I resort to the pre-done, canned stuff. That's not bad, but it doesn't meet my students needs as effectively.
Because our student population is constant, I've had the same kids for three years. That means that each year I'm doing new things with them. I suppose that means that I'm continuously learning along with the kids!
Subject: Canned material
Reply Posted by: Dan Rogers
Date Posted: Tue Jan 25 21:22:10 US/Eastern 2000
Yours is nearly a year old but I would like to say that I too resort to days in which students work on ready made assignments. Interactive, group, hands-on science units are intensive and rewarding but will also be that way for the students as well. Your study on big-horn sheep sounded neat.