Welcome to our ED 200 class.
To begin, please take the time to read through the syllabus carefully.
If you are taking this course I presume you are considering becoming a teacher. The more you know about teaching, schooling, educating, students, learning, etc., etc., etc., the better teacher you will eventually be. Learn everything you can. The time you put in now will pay off. Your expertise and knowledge will show in the classroom and in the schools in which you teach. People will want to be close to you just to hear you talk and give advice. You will be thought of as an educational guru, and people will travel from far and wide just to be in your presence. Okay, maybe I am stretching the truth here a bit, but there is a grain of truth in what I say.
As you learn, ensure that you are learning in such a way that you are shaping your own future. Take it upon yourself to learn and remember. Learn in such a way that you begin to mold yourself into a future master teacher. Nobody can do that for you. You have to do that for yourself. When students take classes just to pass a test, soon forgetting what they learned, they have wasted their own time. Don’t let that happen to you. You won’t want that to happen to your students when you become a teacher. Convince yourself of the value of knowledge, and when you are a teacher, you will help convince your own students of that as well.
Reading One InTASC
1. Learner development. The teacher understands how students learn and how they develop. Teachers apply this understanding to each student in the context of the student’s cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical abilities, because they understand that students’ abilities differ. Teachers respect these student differences and leverage differences to allow all students to reach their full potential, focusing on and drawing out their individual strengths. Teachers actively take responsibility for their students’ growth and development, receiving input from and collaborating with families, colleagues, and other professionals. (Matthew Lynch)
InTasc seems to be concerned with student development as it seemingly relates to student abilities. What is an ability? What is required to have an ability? Is a cognitive ability different than a physical ability? The previous paragraph also states that teachers respect student differences. What is a ‘student difference’ in terms of ability? What is meant by leveraging differences to allow students to reach their full potential? What type of a classroom environment might be necessary to ensure student differences are taken into account and then leveraged so that each student can reach his or her ‘full potential’? What is “full potential” anyway?