Judith Llyod Yero (2002) in her book, Teaching in Mind: How Teacher Thinking Shapes Education, wrote "Everything a teacher says and does springs from that teacher's inner reality—the worldview, beliefs, values, and other thinking processes that are so familiar they become invisible. These hidden foundations profoundly influence the behavior and perceptions of a person or institution."

Week 2 | How does what I bring to the mix impact my teaching and students' learning?

Scholarly Tasks

#1 READ: Yero (2002): Focus on Teacher Thinking web page [text here
#2 WRITE: Create a post on your personal blog or wiki (the one you created for EDCI5825) with three hyper linked content-area specific resources (websites, texts, artifacts, etc.) you would like to use as a teacher. Write a description to go along with each resource that responds to the following:
  • How does the resource demonstrate your beliefs about (1) how people learn, (2) how "good teachers" teach, and (3) how students develop competency in your content-area?

Week 2 | What are the prevailing theories and models of learning? [Part 1]

#3 READ: Goodman (2008) Chapter 2: Coming to a Critical Constructivism: Roots and Branches, p. 13-32.

#4 WRITE: "Q & A in full Bloom"

  • Examine and become familiar with Bloom’s Taxonomy (see diagram below).

  • Two additional text resources that can help with interpreting and applying Bloom's Taxonomy are Resource 1 and Resource 2.

  • A flash tutorial (visual resource) is located at Resource 3.

  • Pretend you are outlining the chapter as if you are preparing a lesson on the material covered in the Goodman reading. Create a robust list of the most important points you have taken from the reading. Your list should be thorough, however no longer than one page in length.

  • Using your list of key concepts from the text as a starting point and Bloom’s Taxonomy as a guide, prepare six questions and answers you would include on a test. Your questions should cover what you think are the most relevant and important take-away points from the Goodman reading. [Note: Your answers should be ones you would give full credit to; in other words, A+ answers.]

  1. Two of your questions (labeled Q1, Q2) should fall within Bloom’s first two levels (Knowledge and Comprehension).

  2. Two of your questions (Q3, Q4) should fall within the second two levels (Application and Analysis).

  3. Two of your questions (Q5, Q6) should fall within either the Synthesis or Evaluation levels.

  • Prepare one sheet of paper with just your questions, as if you were going to give them to a hypothetical student. Prepare a second sheet of paper with your questions and answers to turn in.


resources for in-class work

Extension videos. Youtube Playlist.

Teacher blog posts (re: beliefs about teaching and learning) collected in my diigo library