“In your Module 3 Reflection extend your linkages between theories of learning, theories of educational technology and your own classroom instruction or professional practice.”
As I look back at the past unit and reflect upon how what I am learning is being utilized or seen in my classroom teaching, I must admit that I am struggling to make the connections. When I say that, I mean that, while I am getting a better and better understanding of constructivist theory and how students may best learn, I am struggling to incorporate some of this in my classroom. On aspect that i have used is the Jigsaw Activity. I had in fact assigned such an assignment just before being assigned this one myself. Students were to go out and become experts on a topic and then report back to their primary team. As the unit progressed, it became clear that this was both an excellent tool for learning and a difficult tool for some high school students to embrace. In the end, some people became experts and others did not.
There is no doubt in my mind that I am becoming a better educator through exploring various learning theories and methods for teaching. There does come, however, a time when the theories must be applied. It is in this area that I struggle. How to actually get the students to engage fully is troubling. So many students I teach, and I teach at a private school where motivation is relatively high, have become jaded and are not willing to embrace new methods. As the year as progressed and I have included technology in what I hope are meaningful ways, many students have expressed there own frustration. Many want to have me at the board telling them what they should know, rather than constructing their own knowledge. In this is a great conflict that I am still trying to resolve.
With all this said, I do think that it is very important to acknowledge the place theory has in my journey. This knowledge is forming a foundation upon which I will be able to build the lessons that students will engage in and get the most out of. I very much look forward to learning how to apply the theories.