comment for today

Reflect and substantively comment to two peers who chose your prompt and two who chose the other prompt. Pay particular attention to what they discovered in their reading and how the information may be used in their teaching or in a context of learning where they applied their ideas. Support your statements with evidence from the required studies, other research, and experiences. You are required to respond to comments or questions about your posts.

Post 1

After reading the text, I have decided to discuss how people tackle complex problems as learners. Disclaimer, I am not a teacher yet, but as I continue down this path, I often come across topics that intrigue me. My two questions may not be difficult for you, but it seems like these topics have continually been in articles or on television and there does not seem to be a system in place to correct them. Maybe I am struggling with the answer because I am in the incubation stage of understanding these problems (Carey, 2014). Below are two questions that I believe are “thorny problems” worthy of discussion and consideration.

1. Why do parents hinder children’s socio-emotional skills buy allowing them to attend school (K-12) online?

Last week I had a conversation with a fellow Soldier about our local high school. During this conversation, he told me that his daughter attended 12th grade online. I asked him about the curriculum and if he thought that by her attending school online impacted her social skills. He said “As a junior, she was the captain of the cheerleading squad and very popular; however, she struggled in school, so we decided to try high school online to see if it would help her. She successfully completed her senior year online, but now she is an introvert and struggles with daily interactions.”

2. Why don’t school districts utilize performance-based pay for teachers?

On occasion I will go online to see what type of teaching jobs are available in my area. It seems like there are significant teacher shortages within my area. According to the Learning Policy Institute, there are not enough qualified teachers applying for teaching jobs to meet the demand in all locations and fields (as cited in Ostroff, 2017). With the lack of teachers and the constant about of teacher’s that strike (some for requests to increase pay), why don’t we incentivize those that perform higher than those that do not? According to Meador (2017), performance-based pay motivates teachers to make improvements in classrooms, provides teachers with the opportunity to receive a higher salary, invites competition thus raising student performance, allows bad teachers to be removed easier and aids in teacher recruitment and

Post 2

“Expertise is a matter of learning-of accumulating knowledge, of studying and careful thinking, creating. It’s built, not born.”(Carey, 2014, p.176) As a physical education teacher and a volleyball coach the concept of learning without thinking has a profound influence on me and my learners. Currently I teach the basics of a sport by breaking down each skill and then putting them together into lead up games and finally into the sport we are playing. If the concept of perceptual discrimination can be utilized in activities like chess or flying then I can, in theory, teach students to see the ball and make better decisions faster about what will happen.

If the “good eye” is something we can learn to teach then this could have a huge impact on sports in general. The potential that I see for this in my classroom or on the volleyball court would be that I can teach students/players how to make quicker judgements about what the ball might be doing. I could do this by exposing them to skills on film before they perform them. I could somehow show students/players videos of the different phases of a skill and that could help them learn that skill faster. Teaching them to make quick judgement about how fast the ball is moving and what direction will improve their ability to perform certain skills.

References

Carey, B. (2014). How we learn: The surprising truth about when, where, and why it happens. New York: Random House.

 
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