This week we discussed how classrooms have changed over the years with a specific focus on technology. I spoke with Donna about remembering to let students experience learning on their own. In the past I would be more inclined to help students do work by showing them; however when I was showing them how to do the work these students were most likely not learning how to learn. I want my students to become lifelong learners and in order for this to occur I need to let my students learn.
I also recommended a website for Donna and Tiffany to check out. The article was called, Ten Ways to Encourage Students to take Responsibility for their Learning.
Finally Bonnie and I talked about Minecraft. I discussed some of the struggles I have had with Minecraft as well as some of the benefits I have gained by playing. I really enjoy the family time I get to spend with my husband and son. I have learned a great deal from my son and I am amazed at how much he enjoys collaborating with other players on Minecraft.
Finally, I worked on creating a Minecraft lesson incorporating estimation for my STEM class. Overall it has been a busy week. I enjoy reflecting on how classrooms have and haven’t changed over time. Some ideas seem to come back while others slip by the wayside.