Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Where I'm going...!

As I come to the close of my graduate courses I am excited to share some of my writings and projects. This June I will complete a Masters Program in Instructional Media. I am learning how to prepare our future leaders for the 21st Century with 21st Century skills. Here is a video I had to present as an introduction to my classmates about who I am, where I am, and why I am doing these things. We were given a limit of :90 seconds to complete this project. Enjoy!

My Name is Ben Green,...and this is "Where I've BEN!"

Monday, March 28, 2011

Over this past week I have been exposed to how Processed skills can benefit the educational experience of students and teachers, the effect of community in a classroom, and the abilities and understandings of inquiry. All three of these topics are vital tools towards improving education and changing students into 21st century learners.
Getting a student to master the art of observation, questioning, planning and investigating as well as formulating explanations, making predictions, analyzing data and communicating can take years with traditional teaching. Process learning can give students these skills with Inquiry based learning. In a 1st grade classroom, process learning can invite more students to practice science and comprehend what they have learned. During the unit of Organisms, a student can learn and develop their vocabulary, critical thinking skills, and process the data they come across with process skills.
The use of the term “community” automatically gave me a new sense of approach towards my students each day I greet and teach them. It is a friendly reminder as to how I would want my students to grow and learn. Establishing community would a triumph within itself in my school district.
The abilities and understandings of Inquiry are skills that I have begun to notice within my classroom. I have been substituting for a Music teacher and we have been learning about the history of Jazz. The grades that I have been teaching include Pre-K – 8th. My 3rd to 8th graders have been showing their ability and understanding of Inquiry based learning. I begin with a traditional stance in teaching but soon switch hats and challenge my students to tell me about a piece of music that I have played for them.

The questions that call to me this week include, how should process skills be introduced to a traditional classroom? How would you tell and introduce to a student, their 21st century skills? Once community is established in your room, how do you keep a consistent flow between classes and teachers?

My Name is Ben Green,...and this is "Where I've BEN!"