Weekly Blogs: Nov 24th

a.       What was the most significant thing you learned in class this week?

The most significant thing I learned this week occurred outside of class.  I am interested in teaching in a very rural area.  When speaking recently with Jon Howeiler about my interest, and that I was disappointed that the program has no options to student teach in a rural school, he explained that they would just place me in Monroe, because there are farms there and so it’s pretty much like a rural school.

Having never spent time in a rural school, I couldn’t contradict him with any authority.  But I was suspicious of his answer.  What’s significant about all this to me is that my assessment was correct.  Although I’d never spent time in a rural high school, I have spent considerable time in small towns and rural areas.  My experience is that people who live in rural areas tend to have different values and attitudes than those that live in suburban and urban ones, and that these differences are significant.  It just didn’t make sense to me that Monroe High School, population 2000, and Greybull High School, population 160, would be virtually the same.

I need to learn to trust my instincts better.

 

b.      What questions do you have and what do you want to learn more about?

I don’t have any questions that relate to technology right now.  I am thinking about other things.

c.       What applications do you see to classroom practice based on what you learned?

I realized that I’ve been making the assumption that my class size would always be about 30 or so students, and so I had been thinking about technology mainly as tools to make managing such a class easier.  For example, something like Google Wave could be used to monitor and record how small groups are working together.  Because it has a playback feature, you can see how the students are interacting over time, without having to see it at the time it’s happening.  In a class of thirty kids, this might be useful.  In a class of ten, it might be more trouble than it’s worth.  This means I need to rethink some things.

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1 Comment

  1. Collin said,

    November 24, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    You’re welcome, by the way. >:-(


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