Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Student Centered Assessment
The module has helped me think about student-centered assessment in the following ways... I would really like to incorporate this method of assessing my students but change is hard. How to go about doing it? How to have students respond in an appropriate manner where learning the objectives actually takes place. As I think about that.... Are they actually learning the objectives doing it the "old fashion" way with lecture and notes or merely memorizing the facts. I have tried a few "web lessons" and the students didn't seem to understand that they were responsible for learning the material not just merely answering the questions. So how to get them to learn the material without a traditional test seems to be the major issue! I feel like each time I try something new I am the one that learns from the process!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Proposed unit title: "If I Only Had a Brain...". The unit is covering the nervous system specifically identifying the major structure and functions of the of the brain. Also diseases that affect the brain. Proposed curriculum questions:
Essential Question--In the “Wizard of Oz”, why does the scarecrow wish for a brain?
Unit Question--What happens when we think?
Content Questions--What are the 5 main parts of the brain? What is the function of each main part? What are 2 diseases that affect the brain? What area of the brain is affected by these diseases? Any emerging treatments for your identified diseases?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Module 1 Reflection

This module has made me think about my role as an instructional designer in the following ways...first of all it is a lot more than just sitting down on Sunday evening and figuring out what I am going to teach "next week"! Trying to figure out what unit I want to create in class...so many choices so little time! Wishing there was more time in a day to really design all of my units of study. I am excited about this journey we are traveling on these Tuesday afternoons.