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 […]

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 […]

Bridging the Gap: Advance Organizers

Advanced organizers are practical tools that function as a scaffold for student cognitive development across the curriculum. David Ausubel, the developer of advanced organizers envisions their use as a means to “bridge the gap between what the learner already knows and what he needs to know before he can meaningfully learn the task at hand” […]

Strategy Implementation 1 & 2: Advance Organizers & Jigsaw

Strategy Entry: Advanced Organizer , Jigsaw Classroom Context I will be working on a social studies lesson with two girls that are typically home schooled; one is Grade 5 the other is Grade 8. Currently, the students are being taught the same curriculum from a survey of world history book text that was recommended to the […]

Instructional Strategy #1: Advance Organizer

Advanced Organizers Advance Organizers help students see the big picture of a content area at a high level of abstraction before honing in on specific content; it is an introduction, not a detailed summary of the following lesson. Advance organizers help students learn a large amount of material. Teachers prepare for advance organizers by considering […]