" Essentially, learning means achange in your thinking, a change in your
feeling, a change in your behavior. Learning
means that change takes place in the mind,
in the emotions, and in the will "
- Howard G. Hendrick
Another summer is ending and a new school year full of expectations, hopes and challenges is soon to begin. Once more, we are about to see those little faces in need of heart and mind growing ready to go on. I cannot share with you what I have done with children at school this week, but I can share what I plan to do and how I think children may react in front of that.
Through many PBL activities, they can apply that knowledge better. Besides the listening skill, they will be applying speaking, reading and writing. Our " four great friends " will lead them to our ultimate goal as educators . " to communicate in the language "
My students conform a group of about twenty first graders. I believe a similar amount of students willl be in second grade this year. They do not have computers in the classroom, but they do have an Audio Room, where we go for power point presentations or alike. Therefore, my main goal in the course is to include a technological tool in a non-tech classroom. The blog idea, called my attention from the very beginning and that is what I am planning to do.
I will involve parents too, so that they help with home tasks. Parents' involvement in the learning process is crucial, especially with reference to little kids. I will start by introducing a pronunciation resource " vocaroo", to make children feel confident with new technology and I will show examples of blogs written by other children to refine my expectations. We will use the blog as a helpful resource, as a reminder of activities and as a fun-educational tool. I will use emails to communicate with parents and children, when needed, and I will use rubrics to assess students' progress in the language.
I perceive children will adapt to those changes and will react positively to them. Time will define how much of these changes will remain and will be motivational factors for further use in their on-going learning process.