ED 200 Week Nine Part 1 (Fall 2020)

Hi Everyone,

Choice Week

Welcome to Part 1 of Week 9 of our Educational Foundations class. Week 9, as you may or may not know, is choice week. Here you will have a choice to view one of two documentaries that are particularly relevant to schooling and our schooling environments.

I have four choices of video documentaries from which to choose.  Please choose ONE of the following. The questions follow the documentary you choose.

 

I chose the following documentaries for a few different reasons:

First, you will hear about differentiation in every class you will take in our teacher licensure program so it is good to be very familiar with what differentiation means and how teachers think about differentiating.

Second, you have some understanding of how the brain works as well as the importance of background knowledge. These documentaries will allow you to see teachers in action and how they take into account student learning and student background knowledge. You will not only see what teachers and students do in the classroom but also how teachers are thinking about what they do with students.

Third, if you choose the third choice you will find to to be particularly interesting if you have an interest in working with students who have learning disabilities.

And finally, the fourth choice is something all of us deal with at sometime when we are working with groups of students — that is bullying.

Each one of the documentaries will broaden and deepen your understanding when it comes to that which we deem to be important in teacher education.

 

So, please choose one of the following and do the accompanying response questions.

 

Choice Number One:

Inspiring Differentiation: Pre-kindergarten and Elementary School Full Video (53:35)

DESCRIPTION
This program explores five key characteristics of differentiated classrooms, looking at an environment that supports learning and highlighting the attitudes and practices of teachers who create engaging, challenging, and joyful learning environments. It discusses the importance of a high quality curriculum that focuses on understanding, presenting a differentiated kindergarten math lesson designed to move every student toward the same long-term learning goals. It shows how ongoing assessment informs instruction, introducing an innovative way to integrate formative assessment into math instruction so that assessment becomes part of the lesson. The program considers instruction that responds to student differences, presenting the use of heterogeneous centers in a first-grade reading lesson to accommodate a wide variety of readiness levels. It also examines leadership and flexible classroom management, proving that as early as preschool, children can adapt to routines, benefit from student choice, and learn from one another.

 

 

Fifth Question Set 

Response Question 5: What does differentiation mean?

Response Question 6: Please list 8 things teachers are doing to differentiate in these classrooms.

Response Question 7: Let me pose to you a made-up scenario. Imagine you are a teacher in your own classroom. During a parent-teacher conference you are explaining to a parent of one of your students how you are differentiating your instruction to help the student. In one paragraph, please write out what you might say to the parent.

 

 

Choice Number Two:

Inspiring Differentiation: Secondary School Full Video (01:04:39)

DESCRIPTION
Every teacher knows that students come to school with different background experiences, different interests, different personalities, and different levels of readiness for learning essential content. No two students are the same. Differentiated instruction helps teachers leverage student differences so that they become pathways to academic success, rather than impediments to learning. This program presents an in-depth look at five innovative instructional strategies for effective differentiation at the secondary school.

 

Fifth Question Set 

Response Question 5: What does differentiation mean?

Response Question 6: Please list 8 things teachers are doing to differentiate in these classrooms.

Response Question 7: Let me pose to you a made-up scenario. Imagine you are a teacher in your own classroom. During a parent-teacher conference you are explaining to a parent of one of your students how you are differentiating your instruction to help the student. In one paragraph, please write out what you might say to the parent.

 

 

Choice Number Three: 

How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop—Understanding Learning Disabilities Full Video (01:06:45)

In this classic program, internationally known learning disabilities expert Richard D. Lavoie leads a group of educators, psychologists, parents, and children through a series of exercises that vividly illustrate the daily classroom reality of LD students, an experience fraught with F.A.T.: frustration, anxiety, and tension. After the workshop is done, participants discuss strategies for working more effectively with learning-disabled children. Mainstreaming, discipline, distractions, and self-concept are addressed. Distributed by PBS Distribution. (70 minutes) Distributed by PBS Distribution.

 

 

Fifth Question Set 

Response Question 5: In a few sentences, please tell me what you feel are the most important things we learn from this video.

Response Question 6: What did you find particularly interesting?

Response Question 7: In what ways should schools and teachers take into account the teachings of this documentary?

 

 

Choice Number Four:

Hear Me Now: The Bullied Have a Voice (50:48)

Hear Me Now is a stylish and poignant documentary featuring compelling stories from dozens who have been affected by bullying in schools and continue to be affected, giving viewers a candid look inside the world of bullying and the inspiration to find hope amid the darkness.

 

 

Fifth Question Set 

Response Question 5: In a few sentences, please tell me what you feel are the most important things we learn from this video.

Response Question 6: What did you find particularly interesting?

Response Question 7: In what ways should schools and teachers take into account the teachings of this documentary?

 

I hope you found some valuable information in the documentary you chose to watch.

 

We will continue with individual choice watch as choice week continues next class.

Until next class 🙂