10-Rep Learning ~ Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague


Connecting to cement the point

As the first full week of the New Year begins, schedule a minute to view the video “Supply and Demand Made Relevant.” In it, teacher Mark Egger says (about math), “They’re not going to try, if they don’t see it’s going to benefit them somewhere in their future.” This is also true for any subject and is also one of the tenets of the Common Core State Standards.

Mr. Egger compels us to consider this question:

Will students understand that the content is powerful just because they are told it is?  

Maybe in the classrooms of the past but not today.  The video also demonstrated three immediate steps teachers can take, right now, to connect content to students’ lives:

  1. Ask students what they care about.  Listen to their answers.
  2. Present the content in the context of what they care about. Give them authentic, real-world questions that they can answer if they understand the content.
  3. Give them time to express their ideas and get excited about the learning process.

These ideas are distilled from Andrea Brixey’s post, “What’s the Point?” Three Tips for Making Content Relevant to Students Today.” Brixey also quote Aristophanes who said, “By words the mind is winged.

And, by connections, too, the mind is strengthened and learning achieved.

students in class


Weekend Ed. Quote~January 5

When teachers and parents hear the term Common Core standards (CCS), a frequent tendency is to see the new standards as a simple upgrade. In fact, the CCS represent an entirely new operating system. This is good news for the whole child movement. – Thom Markham

Click to read quote in context in this post


May Spotlight Website

Common Core State Standards:
Building on the excellent foundation of standards states have laid, the
Common Core State Standards are the first step in providing our young people
with a high-quality education. It should be clear to every student, parent, and
teacher what the standards of success are in every school.

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