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 […]

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 […]

The Child as Scholar

“Teachers deprecate their office when they do the work of learning for the child by preparing lessons that have been diluted, predigested, and are void of thought… meals of sawdust. The work of the teacher is secured in preparing lessons with ‘prophetic power of appeal and inspiration.’ The communion develops from mind to mind, and […]


Is teaching an ART or a SCIENCE? This was the rhetorical (but I’ll answer it here) question posed by Dr. Williams during her weekly Podcast (accessed 1/12/12). While seemingly simple on the surface, it’s really a much more complex question that I originally anticipated.  As a compliant learner, I dutifully paused the podcast to jot […]

Cultural Competency in Instructional Design

Describing the context in which I teach is a tricky endeavor. I have taught middle school in the US, both as a teacher and as an instructional assistant, however the majority of my teaching has been internationally. My international students have ranged from Grade 5 to Grade 8; most are from what could be considered […]