Hands on Learning How do people learn? The approach to hands on learning…“Students in a hands-on science program will remember the materialbetter, feel a sense of accomplishment when the task is completed, and beable to transfer that experience easier to other learning situations. Whenmore than one method of learning is accessed as in hands-on learning,the information has a better chance of being stored in the memory foruseful retrieval. Students who have difficulty in the learning arena forreasons of ESL barriers, auditory deficiencies, or behavioral interferencecan be found to be on task more often because they are part of thelearning process and not just spectators.” http://www.ncrel.org/“According to a study featured in the North Central Regional EducationalLibrary, hands-on learning provides students with a way to constructmeaning and acquire understanding. For this reason, teachers have madethese traditional learning methods increasingly important, made easierthrough key products.” http://express-press-release.net
Facilitating Learning 1. By providing lots of hands on activities when teaching basic skills I believe the children will be more likely to be able to retrieve the information needed when it is asked of them again. 2. By bringing knowledgeable experienced people into the classroom to show the children what they can achieve you allow the children to see what hard work in education can get you. 3. Allowing for fundraisers to pay for the field trips which I feel should be mandatory to help the child learn not only in the classroom but the everyday world. Learning how to utilize the things I have taught the children would be the ultimate goal.
Teaching Methods Why will I teach the way that I do? After researching a couple different sites I complied a list ofthings many other teachers use, that I find to be useful also and would usein a classroom setting later on.“Learning easels are often an impactful product touse in classrooms. Karen Wood, 3rd grade teacherof Newcastle Public School, says her classroomeasel is "Terrific, and my students are enjoyinghaving it in our classroom almost as much as I am.This wonderful teaching tool really is ....makingteaching a little easier... and a lot more fun!! ”http://express-press-release.netI believe using easels or chalkboards in my classroom will boostthe overall excitement for solving problems on their own. Bysitting down and working the problem out in front of them they canlearn to try the problem first before asking for help and giving up.
Teaching Methods “During literacy hour in Hickss class at Blanchard Elementary School in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, students pair up and head to one of 16 "corners," or centers, to tackle hands-on vocabulary, reading, and math activities. In the ABC corner, students thumb through clues to find mystery words. In the math corner, students stack buttons, plastic fruit, and toy bugs to create graphs. And in the spelling corner, they manipulate alphabet puzzle shapes to piece together vocabulary words.” http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article I would also like to use corners or stations to allow students to create and learn, like the article says above, to allow the students to be like their own teachers in a way. By letting the child take charge and figure things out with their hands the brain takes charge and allows for instant learning and recognition for later. “"Hands-on activities mean students have objects (both living and inanimate) directly available for investigation" (Meinhard, 1992, p. 2).” http://www.ncrel.org By having activities that include objects in the classroom the child will be allowed to turn the brain on to apply what
Teaching MethodsThe following is a pyramidfrom the National TrainingLaboratories in Bethel,Maine. It is the averageRetention rate of childrenpolled.I based my teachingPhilosophy off of this chart,I feel like it most expresseshow I feel a classroomshould be taught andorganized.Since the child retains theleast amount ofinformation during lecturethat would be the area oneshould focus on least andso on and so forth.In order to keep attentionand promote earning in theclassroom we shoulddefinitely be more hands
Testing of Skills How will I know my ideas are working? “A new study by Purdue University has shedsome light on how to most effectively engage students intechnology and engineering at a young age. The studytook five classes of 8th graders in a rural Indiana schooland taught them about human impacts on water and waterquality through a traditional textbook and lecture methodand then compared their comprehension of those subjectsto another five classes of 8th graders from that schoolwho learned about water quality through engineeringdesign modules. The students in the latter group wereasked to build a water purification device as a way oflearning the concepts. The researchers found thatstudents who built the hands-on water purification systemhad "a deeper understanding" of the concepts than thestudents who had lecture-based lessons, especially instudents for whom English was not their first language.Both groups—a total of 126 students—were tested beforethey took the lessons and after they completed the unit.” http://blogs.edweek.orgBy testing my students level of intelligence with a basic skillstest of everything that will be taught that year, before the handson teaching, and then again after they have learned all of therequired skills, I can then apply my findings and compare testscores and skill levels with another teachers classroom thatdid not use hands on learning.After these results at the end of the year I can then decide ifhands on learning is really the best teaching philosophy to
Student Goals What goals will I have for my students?1. I would like my students to learn from the curriculum I’ve created based on a hands on learning approach.2. I would like my students to think of the classroom as not the only place to learn and be hands on. There are many places to learn, take something from every experience you have.3. I would like my students to be able to retrieve various answers from the beginning of the year all the way until the end of the year based on the different curriculum and teaching style.4. I would like each of my students to be able to pass the basic skills and knowledge assessment by the end of the
Teacher Goals What are my future goals for growth as a teacher? 1. To use the hands on learning system as a tool and utilize it to help students learn and retrieve knowledge. 2. To take the initiate to change the curriculum if for any reason the lessons are no longer working for students. 3. To be recognized for the teaching methods based on the skills test scores at the end of the year being above average. 4. To influence the use of hands on learning in every classroom to better the overall grades and learning abilities of each student.