Lesson Planning – Bloom’s Taxonomy

Using Bloom’s taxonomy will assist me in creating different levels of tasks appropriate to the learner. Some tasks will require complete comprehension while others will require basic knowledge. Using the correct level keywords for lesson planning will result in greater comprehension and hopefully lead to greater problem solving skills.

Related to tasks; For higher level of thinking, I can use words like discuss, compile and solve while for lower level of comprehension, words like show, describe and relate.

Being aware of Bloom’s taxonomy and effective use of its category of words while creating course outlines should lead to better and achievable outcomes.

Bloomstaxonomy. (n.d.) Blooms taxonomy cheat sheet. In bloomstaxanomy.org Retrieved from http://www.bloomstaxonomy.org/Blooms%20Taxonomy%20questions.pdf


Lesson Planning – Creating a Positive Learning Environment

I like to have a positive learning environment for all my students and demonstrate this by always having a positive outlook. Positive student behaviors need to be promoted, additionally those positive students also need to be seen as role models.

The classroom needs to have a code of conduct outlining fair treatment of all, expected behaviors and empathy towards others.

One of the best ways to keep the classroom positive is to keep the learning relevant. This will require me to learn student talents, interest and learning styles to increase engagement. As the student’s sense ownership in the learning process, learning retention will increase.

Alfred, C. (2008, September) Educational Leadership. In ascd.org. Retrieved from: http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/sept08/vol66/num01/Seven-Strategies-for-Building-Positive-Classrooms.aspx


Lesson Planning – Characteristics of Adult Learners

It is important to understand how adults learn. Key learning traits include; being able to experiment in a safe environment, self-directing, active involvement as opposed to lectures, regular feedback and intellectual challenge.

I would need to build in more feedback sessions along with greater amount of mini labs over lecturing. The students would be allowed to experiment within the paradigm of the course and feel safe doing so. We would then celebrate discoveries and support the findings in a positive manner. Some camaraderie would need to exist to keep all the students interested while staying on a pace to complete all projects on time.

Billington, D. (1996) Seven Characteristics of Highly Effective Adult Learning Programs. In education.jhu.org. Retrieved from:

http://education.jhu.edu/PD/newhorizons/lifelonglearning/workplace/articles/characteristics/

Billington, Dorothy D. (1988) Ego Development and Adult Education. Doctoral Dissertation, The Fielding Institute. Dissertation Abstracts International, 49 (7). (University Microfilms No. 88-16, 275).

Knowles, Malcolm. (1986) The Adult Learner: A Neglected Species. Houston: Gulf Publishing.


Lesson planning – Motivation Techniques

I have been in classes where the instructor was monotone; it was painful and resulted in very little learning.

In order to keep the students engaged I would need to convey my passion on the subject. When students see the enthusiasm and energy in the educator, their level of engagement goes up. It is also important to tie the subject to the students as they need to see the relevance of the learning. Keeping the students interested with personal stories and humor related to your past experiences keep the mood light and cooperative.

CRLT. (n.d.) Strategies for Increasing Student Motivation. In Teaching strategies: Motivating students. Retrieved from:

http://www.crlt.umich.edu/tstrategies/tsms

Adapted from Teaching at Its Best, Nilson, 2010


Lesson Planning - Instructional Strategies

It is important to have a lesson plan. Using proven methods such as the BOPPPS model can greatly improve the success of the instructor and student learning.

Bridge in can assist in gaining attention, Pre-test gauges the audience and posttest shows if the learning matched the outcome. Following a proven method where the objectives are identified at the beginning then followed by participatory learning where there is a high level of learner engagement leads to a highly effective learning environment. I have used the BOPPPS method for course setup and delivery with great success.

HLWIKI. (2014, October 24) BOPPPS model. Retrieved from:

http://hlwiki.slais.ubc.ca/index.php/BOPPPS_Model

 


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