I can’t write a short enough post to discuss every nugget of information I gained from the second day of the Digital Literacy SI. So, I will explain one idea that hit home with me as we proceeded through the morning/day.
Thinking about the lessons that are created within a given classroom, I want to pose the same question that was given to us. What drives our planning process? Is it our own agenda? Perhaps the content or curriculum (no, couldn’t be)? The amount of time we have to teach the lesson? Okay, I could go on and on here and to be quite honest, I have planned lessons around all of the above mentioned. This is where you shake your finger at me, right?
So, what about planning with the learner in mind? Yes, keeping the learner might seem to be a no-brainer. Duh!! Well, it wasn’t to me. I will be honest, I am not completely lost here, I have done it from time to time. However, consistently keeping them in mind, I have failed myself and my students.
As our facilitators discussed how to frame our inquiry project, they included the idea of the TPACK model.
A great reading resource for the TPACK with reading and language arts is by Spires, Hervey, and Watson.
How many times do we focus our planning more on the content or the curriculum instead of the student? In my opinion, I feel we are driven by our curriculum and our given content most days, if not every day. In addition, I know I feel pressed for time and have structured my lessons in such a way that I knew I could get my students to their next class on time. Pointless, if you think about the fact there is not any deeper learning taking place.
So, I wonder what others think about this. For me, I know that I will go back into the lesson plans I have already written and restructure them to best meet the needs of my students and create future lessons with the student as my main focus. Thoughts?