Watch Where You’re Going

I just went through my mid-course evaluations. I received “some” good feedback – however, I must be honest, I didn’t receive as much as I had hoped. It seems the only students who take the time to voice in are either: really happy with the class, or extremely unhappy with it. I consider both “outliers.” Nothing against them, in fact I love their feedback, but I do wish I could get the rest of the class – those students I call: The Gray Students, to give me some meaningful feedback (I hate it when students say, “If I have to give some feedback it would be, bring more treats.” Although this might be true, it doesn’t really help me grow as a teacher.) What I would like to hear is feedback re: instructional techniques, activities, types of assignments, and so forth. I will mention one specific feedback this year which I think should be addressed. The feedback concerned not understanding and making a connection with all the different topics and information in the course. I liked this feedback bc it made me consider the flow of content I was covering, the actual content of the curriculum, and so forth. Ultimately what I decided was: 1) I do need to ensure students “have the opportunity” of recognizing the connection between the various topics we cover in class, and 2) give them tools and opportunities for making these connections (the tools might be assignments, tests, etc.). In both solutions I hope you recognize I added the word: opportunity. It seems often “we” as students expect the teachers to make the connections for us – and sure, teachers should help us scaffold the topics/content/our learning, but ultimately we (as learners) should take responsibility for our learning and figure out what to do with the information we are exposed to. In my opinion if we (as learners) are able to then organize and apply the information into new and different scenarios it’s at that moment when we are turning learned information into knowledge. I think the video below highlights this principle quite nicely – it suggest we should watch where we’re going – which, again fits nicely with learning: we need to watch closely, and anticipate where and how the information can be used. watch where you\'re going

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