This post is just a VERY brief overview of what we all discussed on our first day of class.
To start class, we noted how the arrangement of a classroom can limit a teachers’ ability to encourage student-student interaction. Traditionally, classrooms are set up for teacher control. However, as some of you pointed out, student-student discussion increases mental engagement with the material. We also discussed how students will use different, likely more familiar, language that the teacher will.
We also attempted to articulate the cause of the moon phases. After struggling to explain the phenomenon, I asked, “How many times have you LEARNED about the moon phases?” The answer to this question has important implication for how we ought to teach.
Don’t forget to create your list of at least ten goals you have for students, sign up for your online accounts and read the syllabus carefully (come with questions).