The following three documents are the three parts of the portfolio project.
Part 1. Koprowski_Reginald_LessonPlan
Part 2. Final exam_ WW II
Part 3. Archeology Ice Breaker
While reading Erasing Differences for the Sake of Inclusion: How Mexican/Mexican American Students Construct Historical Narratives by Maribel Santiago there were a few questions that I had:
After taking the 16 personalities personality test, I found out that I was a consul personality or an ESFJ. This stands for extraverted, sensing, feeling, and judgement. Basically what this means is that I am an out going individual who uses observations to make decisions. However, this section was very close as I scored a 52% observations to 48% intuition. In terms of how I approach work and planning I was rated as judging. What this means is that I will take a situation and when I plan to do something I use my best judgement instead of using the other option of prospecting. Lastly, I was marked as assertive when it comes to decision making. This meaning that I do what I believe is best and am assertive with my beliefs and stick to my guns.
I believe having this personality type gives me some advantages that others may not have. I am a good people person with decent social skills allowing me to connect with students and not afraid to engage in some riskier conversations. This personality also offers some backup in the pathos and ethos of teaching. I can connect emotionally to students, allowing them to feel comfortable and pathos meaning that I can present information in a advantageous way.
However, when it comes to this personality type I also have some weaknesses and it shows when I do my micro teachings. Basing decisions on judging and feeling, I may not always make the right decisions when it comes to kids learning or even the harder decisions of maybe putting more work on students or grading them harder. I have been guilty of this a few times when grading papers in my placement. Luckily I have Justin and Malissa to help me out when I have moments of weakness.
In the first classroom we see Mr. Appleton doing a very straight forward lesson with reading out of the book, answering questions and then lecturing over the material. This will be repetitive and cause the students to hear the same things numerous times as well as remembering it more easily.
In Mrs. Baker’s classroom there involves much more engagement with both the teachers as well as with fellow students, whether it is the activities or studying for the exams there seems to be constant engagement. However, it is hard to see what information they are learning is critical and what needs to be known. there seems to be little structure.
Ms. Cassel is used to show an alternative approach to teaching. She forms her lessons around essential questions and a theme to give structure of what needs to be learned in her lesson. From their she creates activities around these themes that are very engaging for the students. The students compare their own lives to the romans, they dress up like the romans to show their culture, and work together to develop important fact sheets.
Going from these three examples we learn from the first two teachers were examples of what non differentiated teaching is. It is not the lesson that was only teaching goals and what they need to know by reading and lecturing all the time as well as it is not changing up the lesson plans constantly to show the students are engaging. What it is, is the combination of the two. Ms. Cassel shows us that differential instruction is a combination of structure and questions at the same time as engaging the students with what they find is fun and intriguing. Mashing these two principles together creates a very productive and overall better for the students education.
When teachers are lesson planning, many will get much of their material from the universal social studies textbook. This is frowned upon by many in the field saying that it has biases and innaccuracies to them. However, after reading the article Effectively Using Social Studies Textbooks In Historical Inquiry, Scott L. Roberts makes some very convincing points that textbooks can be useful when lesson planning. Scott states that there are numerous positives to using textbooks. For example they are a great source for primary and secondary sources. The textbooks also are a great way to meet the core standards set from state to state. Lastly is that textbooks are widely available to the students that use them and are good for meeting standards in standardized test.
Standard: 8. 3. 2 Ideals of the civil rights movement.
Question: How were the ideals of Martin Luther King Jr. different from the Gettysburg address, and the Seneca Falls Resolution?
A sense of belonging to a group or a culture is a huge aspect to citizenship. Reading in this new culture will help to enhance your sense of citizenship. Reading will give someone insight to current day issues and will help a new citizen in assimilating to their new home. Reading leads to conversations amongst people, and these interactions about similar or differing views make for a greater sense of belonging because one can put in their own opinions about their new culture.
While reading through Werner’s piece, I began to look back at the way I have read history pieces and how I have evolved over time. When I read historical pieces in high school as well as the first year of college, I went into them with little to no skepticism. I believed everything that was read and did not question a thing. Through taking MSU courses and reading many different sources, there are so mud more to reading social studies than I ever thought. It’s all about perspective and when reading history you do have to go in with an open mind as well as a “lower case S skeptic” mind as my old ISS professor would tell us. For example I am currently reading Tastes of Paradise that talks about the influences spices have had on history. While reading, I go into it questioning some of the main points the author makes and in turn I get a deeper understanding of the material as well as my interest level in the reading increases as Werner talks about.
After doing the DISC personality test it came to the conclusion that I have a steadiness personality. Having a personality that is “steady” means that I am patient, calm and collected a majority of the time. I also am a helpful person that is willing to help everyone especially those that I consider my close friends.
For the most part I would agree with the results of this test. I tend to be a very patient person (as I’ve been told) and I have a good temper. As for the test itselfI found it to be difficult. It was hard to decide on the thing that was farther from my personality especially since many of the topics were very similar. Compared to other test that I have taken in the past, it was much less specific than other test. For the most past though it did get a few aspect of my personality right and was a quick and easy test.