The capacity to acquire andapply knowledge, especiallytoward a purposeful goal
Ways To Support In The Classroom: Teachers shouldprovide an environment for students to feel safe whenthey express and analyze their own opinions.Students must also learn to respect the opinions ofothers. Teachers must present various opinions andideas into the classroom setting. This helps educatestudents about the different lifestyles and culturesthat exist. Classroom Example: Debate: Students get the chanceto voice and support their opinion on a current event.Students pick a side and then debate their reasoning forfeeling a certain way about a topic. Teacher serves as themediator.
Ways To Support In The Classroom: Teachers helpstudents develop skills to think before they act, this helpskeep order in the classroom. Students are taught to waittheir turn, raise their hands to be called on, and think beforebeginning a project or task. Teachers help students developcontrol over the impulsive behavior of shouting out in class. Classroom Example: Create classroom procedure:Students must raise their hands before speaking or gettingout of their seats. This information will presented to thestudents and rehearsed from day one.
Ways To Support In Classroom: Students often give upin despair when the answer to a problem is not immediatelyknown. They often say, "I can’t do this," "It’s too hard,"or, they write down any answer to get the task over with asquickly as possible. They don’t take the time to analyze theproblem, to develop a system of problem attack. Teachersmust teach our students how to identify resources whenthey can’t figure something out on their own. We mustteach students to be patient and work through problems. Classroom Example: Students will be givenincentives for assignments and completing projects.Students will get free time, internet passes, display work onwalls, extra credit points on test.
Ways To Support In The Classroom: All studentsare encouraged to use creativity in the classroom. Allstudents must be encouraged to learn. Student’sshould be discouraged from saying “I can’t.” Teachersmust offer constructive criticism in a way that thestudent understands the criticism is not a criticismof self. Students need to learn how to valuefeedback. Students must learn to value theirintuition and realize they are capable of learninganything they put their mind to. Classroom Example: Students are allowed toassess their contribution and their peerscontribution in a group project. Students must learnto give and accept constructive criticism. Givewriting assignments that let the student expresstheir personality and values. Use open endedquestions where there is no right or wrong answer.
Ways To Support In The Classroom: teachers givestudents the opportunity to venture forth andexplore ideas beyond their normal comfort zone.Teachers must create an environment wherestudents feel safe to think “outside the box.”teachers use activities such as brainstormingstrategies, cooperative learning, and project-basedlearning. Classroom Example: Team Jigsaw: Assign each studentin a team one fourth of a page to read from any text(for example, a social studies text). Each studentcompletes his or her assignment and then teachesthe others or helps to put together a team product bycontributing a piece of the puzzle.
Ways To Support In The Classroom: Teachers givestudents the opportunity to apply school-learnedknowledge to real-life situations. Students aregiven the opportunity to practice drawing on pastknowledge and applying that knowledge to newsituations. Teachers use problemrecognition, problem solving, and project-basedlearning. Classroom Example: Project-based learning inpersonal finance class, for example; studentsworking on a personal budget and implementingthe budget in their everyday lifestyle.
Ways To Support In The Classroom: Humorliberates creativity and provides high-levelthinking skills. Anticipation, novelrelationships, and visual imagery are formed. Classroom Example: students are asked torecreate songs, jokes, cartoon, and limericksabout a subject that is being studied in theclassroom. These exercises are used forpromoting creativity as well as checking thestudent’s comprehension of the concept beingtaught.
Kellough, R. D., & Kellough, N. G. (2011). SecondarySchool Teaching A Guide To Methods And Resources(4th ed.). Retrieved from The University of PhoenixeBook Collection
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