Learning Strategies

Learning strategies are different methods or techniques used by a teacher that will meet the various needs of every learner. These strategies are used to amplify learning and create a fun environment for learning. It is also a great way for students to create an individualized approach to complete task in the classroom.

My field of study is Special Education at the middle school level.

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Mattie Winkels

Integrating Tech into Curriculum

Mei-Ying Lin

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In the classroom there are many different resources a teacher can use. One of my favorite resources has always been using games. Games are something that give students an extra edge in learning and breaks away from the general lecture of class. It is a great resource to aid critical thinking, creativity, teamwork, and problem solving skills. In my classroom I would like to incorporate things like jeopardy, success maker and spelling city. Each of these have different components that reinforce skills that are presented in the curriculum.

Another great resource a teacher can use is presentation software. Presentation software such as Microsoft PowerPoint can be very beneficial to a student’s learning. It grasp the attention of students causing them to be more engaged in what they are learning. It gives a great platform for classroom discussion and student interaction. In my classroom I would love to use a PowerPoint presentation to guide my students in a creative way of learning. To have that lecture time but also incorporate something that catches and holds their attention. I also want to incorporate the classroom discussion that come along with a presentation like this. It is so important for students to be able to feed thoughts off of each other to better understand a concept being taught.

  The last resource I feel can really help teachers is having a flipped classroom. I love the idea of a flipped classroom because it breaks away from the modern views of what a classroom needs to be. It breaks the idea that you have to come in and do the same routine every day. This resource is a great way to enhance students learning. In my classroom I want to integrate this idea to enhance my student’s learning. Giving them the ability to become great active learners by presenting more hands on activities in the classroom since the lecture portion would be done through videos at home.

As a teacher I want to incorporate resources like these into my classroom to create an environment suitable for learning. I want students to be excited to come in to learn and see school as a fun place to be. I want to give each student an opportunity to learn in a way that is best for them by enhancing their performance and development in learning. Overall giving them the tools they need to be successful lifelong learners.

http://www.investintech.com/content/powerpoint/

https://www.panopto.com/blog/the-benefits-of-the-flipped-classroom/

https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/06/13/benefits-of-gaming-what-research-shows/

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While searching through the different templets this one in particular stuck out to me. I work in a Life Skills classroom as a Paraprofessional and weekly outlines are extremely beneficial for me. Seeing how the week is going to be set up and knowing the topics we are covering before class are helpful. This just guarantees that everyone will have a better understanding of how the work will flow throughout the week. Also this can be something that is given to the students the first day of class that week.

For modifications I just planned out what a week in the classroom would be like. I planned out a work week containing each subject and added appropriate assignments and activities for each day. Mixing in worksheets, videos and hands on activities to keep their hands and minds busy. I also left the notes section blank in case I needed to add something or just write something down for future reference.

This is something I would definitely use in my own classroom. Giving this to the Paraprofessionals at the beginning, or on Friday, of each week to give them a rundown of how the academic week will go. This can give them time to look over the activities and worksheets their group would be doing. It also gives them the opportunity to ask questions or add something that could be more beneficial for the students. Also this could be something that I could give the students on Monday morning when they come to class. They could actually see how their academic week will be set up which could be an extremely positive thing for their learning.