The British Columbia’s teachers strike is over and school starts today. BC’s kids will be learning again! So, in the spirit of learning I decided to post about what I have been learning 2 weeks into my Instructional Strategies course. I was finishing up my journal entry for my class when I found this; here is an article written by a professor at Stanford University that elaborates on motivation and learning. Thought it was fitting considering our first couple of chapters in Barkley’s Student Engagement Techniques book (2009).
I am learning new knowledge about student engagement and how this impacts my role as an instructor. Also, I feel compelled now to utilize strategies to catch drifters in my classroom and keep them enthusiastic about course content. This article points offers some ideas to keep that momentum going in the classroom from offering timely and frequent feedback to making use of students’ background knowledge. Being the “sage on stage” now has new meaning for me, after learning about engagement and active learning–I think I need to also be the “backstage sage,”-setting up the learning environment and making it so that the students show up, participate and stay engaged.
Click on the link to be redirected to the article. http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CB0QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fweb.stanford.edu%2Fdept%2FCTL%2Fcgi-bin%2Fdocs%2Fnewsletter%2Fmotivation_to_learn.pdf&ei=m9kfVIjVCca7igK54YDICQ&usg=AFQjCNE2oYYBXjJZ3pNqEkZxDf1MRWPRQA&sig2=gzbzScsjsqx9t7UA7kiLfQ&bvm=bv.75775273,d.cGE