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  1. 1. Transition toward teaching By: Chris Hanson - 10087753
  2. 2. “classroom” image from Microsoft images “group project” image from Microsoft images These two photos represent the reversal of how I imagine myself teaching one month into the program, as opposed to when I imagined the career option years ago. The photo on the left is the traditional school as factory look with the teacher lecturing from her position front and center. The photo on the right, I interpret as a small group of peers structuring their own deeper understanding through inquiry based learning. The teacher is not visible in this photo but he or she is calmly circulating offering assistance to any of the groups that may be stuck or unclear on an aspect of their understanding.
  3. 3. (c) Chris Hanson Children today more than ever need to remember the importance of living an active life to stay healthy. Aside from this notion team sports taught me as a youth responsibility to your teammates, commitment, perseverance and the intrinsic value of finding a passion. From a teaching perspective coaching hockey has shown me the value of lessons learnt on the ice, and how they translate off the ice. Values such as responsibility, drive and the will to not quit, values that extend beyond the arena and help create an empathetic and caring community for all.
  4. 4. Digital Literacy – using technology in the classroom [video file]. Retrieved from This video displays the promise and the worry regarding digital literacy. Youth today are overwhelmed with technology around them from an incredibly young age, but with limited direction. YouTube provides one example of how technology can be used in the classroom to supplement active teaching. On the other hand however, it represents a burden to teaching if students are not kept on appropriate web pages. Furthermore, if students do not understand different perspectives and reliable online resources they may be duped into false information from websites such as Wikipedia.
  5. 5. Khan Academy Salman Khan at Ted Talk 2011 [video file]. Retrieved from The Khan Academy uses YouTube to publicly and affordably broadcast tutorial videos in a wide range of subject material. The video technology represents a glimpse of what future digital literacy could look like inside, and outside the classroom. However presently, it can not be guaranteed that every student has access to a computer on a consistent basis. I believe the YouTube videos made by Salman Khan are an incredible supplementary resource, and I have first hand experience that can credit the Khan Academy videos with assisting in my calculus studies. Despite the obvious benefits of such an online resource, I disagree with the notions presented in the video that students who excel in particular areas can assist others, as well as the idea portrayed that a leader board could be created in the future. The leader board obviously goes against the notion that students can work at their own pace, as does the peer to peer tutoring idea, which would result in the more advanced student being delayed as they spent their time assisting other students who may be struggling in that particular area.
  6. 6. “challenge” image from Microsoft images “The zone of proximal development is the teaching space between the boring and the impossible.” Woolfolk A., Winne P., Perry N., “Educational Psychology” (Pearson Canada Inc., CAN 2012) Vygotsky wrote about the zone of proximal development, an absolutely essential area to learning according to his sociocultural theory. Also an area that as a learner I felt deprived of, often slipping away into boredom and occasionally even deviance. As a prospective teacher I believe keeping a firm hold of all your students in this zone will be my biggest challenge, and also my most important duty as an educator. I chose the image of a staircase to represent the idea of scaffolding and how when applied properly it will help excel the learner to higher achievement levels via the zone of proximal development.
  7. 7. “pile” image from Microsoft images “pile” image from Microsoft images I was unfamiliar with the learning theory constructivism until starting this program, and still one month in I am no master. However the hallmarks of the theory, including inquiry and project based learning for the ultimate objective of obtaining deeper understanding of knowledge have completely shifted my self constructed idea of what good teaching should look like. The picture on the right represents traditional learning theory, full of rote memorization and abstract ideas that seem distant from reality outside school. Through active teaching to the individual learner whole knowledge and understanding of a topic can be achieved and leave students excited about learning, rather than overwhelmed.
  8. 8. Project based learning at HTH, uploaded Oct 2, 2009 [video file]. Retrieved from “Everybody knows that education is the one intervention that can most elevate you above social disadvantage more than anything else, and yet it’s the least changed public institution in America and society.” – Larry Rosenstock The inquiry and project based learning technique presented in the video by CEO Larry Rosenstock represents what I hope to see in future classrooms that I am a part of. His integration of art with the heavily emphasised math and science curriculum shows that there are alternatives to the factory style of teaching featuring rote memorization until exam day with minimal knowledge actually being retained. Students of High Tech High enjoy the benefit of inquiry and project based learning, as well as the pride and confidence that comes with presenting their completed work to their peers.
  9. 9. “diversity” image on Microsoft images “The teacher’s goal is to enable students of diverse backgrounds to use literacy successfully in mainstream social contexts, as well as in the contexts of their homes and communities by modifying the social context of instruction so that lessons can be more effective for students of diverse backgrounds.” Callins T., “Culturally Responsive Literacy Instruction” (Arizona State University, USA 2006) Diversity in the classroom is a growing concern for teachers everywhere, particularly in a booming city such as Calgary that attracts numerous immigrants of various descent annually. Teaching to ELL students requires skill, knowledge and acceptance in the diversity that can and likely will exist in the classroom I begin my practicum experience in. Techniques such as dual language books may be extremely useful in attempting to reach ELL students on a deep and meaningful level that will assist their comprehension of their own deeper understanding within the context of both their home culture as well as the school culture that surround them.
  10. 10. Big Bang Theory – Operant Conditioning [video file]. Retrieved from In this popular TV show the characters demonstrate a psychological principle of operant conditioning, using chocolate as a reward for good behaviour and a water bottle as a punishment for what the character Sheldon deems to be bad behaviour. I particularly love this clip as my entire family enjoys the TV show, and I was able to use it to teach my thirteen year old brother about the concepts of classical and operant conditioning. Furthermore, I have seen the clip played in two separate psychology courses I have taken at the university level. I believe that more popular culture references should be adapted to teaching and learning, as it is something that most students intrinsically enjoy in the first place, and would help erase the stereotype that learning has to be boring and abstract.