Standard 4 Meta-reflection: Pedagogy [EDU 6526: Instructional Strategies]

As I work my way through the Curriculum and Instruction program at Seattle Pacific University, I find my capacity for self-reflection increasing in prodigious ways. Now, I don’t mean prodigious in the extraordinary or phenomenal or even exceptional sense, I truly am not that smitten with my own thinking. When I say prodigious, I mean […]

An Eye for an Eye

The teaching of virtues and moral character is rift with potential points of friction, especially in a multicultural setting; can we say with utter confidence that there are universal mores that guide all human behavior? Tom Lickona (2003) would argue that virtue or good character is an aspect of the human condition that has been […]

Beating the Drum

It’s easy to lament the multiple barriers to achievement that are present for many students; low socioeconomic backgrounds, single-parent households, poverty and other issues create a conundrum of obstacles that serve to obstruct the learning process. However, framing the issues of underachievement as an unfortunate and unavoidable by-product of poverty presents a simplistic and somewhat […]

Instructional Strategy Implementation #2: Cooperative Learning (Jigsaw)

Cooperative Learning- Jigsaw Despite being one of the most theoretically grounded (Dean, Hubbell, Pitler & Stone, 2012) and widely used (Dell’Olio & Donk, 2007) instructional strategies, cooperative learning is susceptible to misuse and overuse, potentially undermining the potential benefits of this highly effective instructional strategy. According to Dean et al., (2012) there seems to be […]

The Best Laid Schemes

But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane [you aren’t alone] In proving foresight may be vain: The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft a-gley, [often go awry] An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain, For promised joy. To a Mouse~ Robert Burn, 1786   Like most experiences in life, what I imagine […]

Instructional Strategies Video Analysis 1 & 2: Advance Organizer & Cooperative Learning- Jigsaw

Student’s background knowledge Both learners brought a fairly simplistic level of background knowledge about China in particular and the social studies concept “movement of people and goods” in general as evidenced through their anticipatory writing prompt and KWL charts. Anticipatory writing prompt/KWL  For example, the grade 8 learner focused her response to the impact […]