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Topic: Professional Development

Topic Posted by: Melissa Cheung
Date Posted: Mon Feb 15 5:10:45 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?

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Posted by: Leah Perryman
Date posted: Mon May 7 21:11:29 2001
Subject: How Children Learn
This class has reaffirmed my belief on how children learn through inquiry. However, I find myself getting under a time crunch to get things taught and have my students prepared for the following year. I also worry about my class being well rounded (knowing a variety of strategies) in math, including the algorythm, in case there are teachers that only accept that method. Does anyone else feel like this?

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Subject: Looking at Children's Learning
Reply Posted by: Amy (missclemens@yahoo.com )
Organization: Proctor School
Date Posted: Thu Feb 14 18:11:39 2002
I understand your concerns and feel the same way. In our discussions today during the fourth workshop we discussed that very thing. As a group we decided that we need to focus the inquiry based instruction we set up for our students. I would personally love to give students the opportunity to fully explore personal curiosities and questions they have regarding a concept or idea we are studying. However, with time restraints I find myself framing the opportunities for inquiry. I present a problem and allow for questions within that problem. I always answer my student's questions with another question. This leaves them truly thinking on their own and invested in what they are learning. However, I do wish there was more time and flexibility for independent inquiry.

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