In a post on the Canadian Education Association (CEA) blog, Dr. Bruce Beairsto, a professor at Simon Fraser University, shares his insight on what is effective teaching. He explains that teaching is an art as well as a science—that teaching goes beyond communication and it is the student response that determines the effectiveness of the teacher.
“…teaching is an iterative process of trial and error, guided by careful observation of student response (aka formative assessment). The teacher adapts instructional technique depending upon student response until the desired responses are achieved. When that happens, teaching has occurred.”
What are your thoughts? What factors contribute to good teaching?
Read the full post here.
Canadian Education Association website.
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Math. It’s a word that strikes fear into many students. Whether or not you’re a math major, at some point you may have to use math in post-secondary. For example, Sociology students are required to take a course on statistics, but it may have been years since they’ve taken a Math course.
At Academic-Zone, we approach this challenge with our online Numeracy-Zone module. The module is broken down into four topics: Calculations, Statistics, Algebra, and Equations & Lines. Mathematical concepts are explained using real-life examples and the module’s easy-to-navigate design allows students to explore based on their own needs and interests. Math is learned through doing, and our modules provide students with many opportunities for practice through interactive exercises and quizzes.
There are many different ways to effectively teach math. One approach is through the use of games. In an article on Forbes, Stanford Mathematician, Dr. Keith Devlin, explains why video games are the perfect way to teach math. He explains that math is not something you know, but rather an activity that you do. He argues that games encourage students to do, by providing challenges and rewards.
What are your thoughts on the use of games as a tool for teaching math? What other strategies do you use to teach or learn math concepts?
Check out the full article on Dr. Keith Devlin here.
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Is it possible for technology to replace teachers? Some people view it as a strong possibility, while others believe teachers won’t be replaced any time soon. As technology continues to evolve, it may seem as though the possibility of teachers being replaced by technology and online learning is becoming more and more likely.
However, an article on the Huffington Post explains why this won’t be happening. “Technology Will Not Replace Teachers” provides some insight on why teachers are irreplaceable. It talks about how technology is only a supplementary tool to enhance or improve on current teaching methods, and is not a lesson on its own. The author brings up a very interesting point, mentioning that with this increase in technology in the classroom, there is a greater need for teachers. He explains that teachers are needed to figure out how technology works for each student based on their individual needs, and where its use is most appropriate.
The article ends off with an intriguing statement:
“A computer can give information, but a teacher can lend a hand, or an ear, and discern what’s necessary for a student to succeed, and to want to succeed.”
Do you think teachers can be replaced by technology? Why or why not?
For more reading on this topic, check out the original article here.
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Biological Sciences Student
Hi, my name is Colton Clause. I am a third-year student in the Biological Sciences program at Brock University. I am also a student peer/mentor working in Aboriginal Student Services. I commonly see students coming into our office having questions on essay writing. Working hand-in-hand with Learning Services, the Aboriginal Student Services staff was able to create the Aboriginal Module of Essay Zone.
I am asking any Aboriginal students to comment on the effectiveness of the Aboriginal Module of Essay Zone. We are currently in the process of re-working the content to better fit the needs of students. This feedback will help us develop a better working version suited to an Aboriginal perspective. In your feedback, please reflect on our current information: whether it was relevant, beneficial, or if significant aspects are missing or not explained.
Our hope is that we can maintain our status as student-driven literacy support and continue to deliver accurate information about essay writing through an Aboriginal perspective.
You may be thinking to yourself, what is the purpose of the Academic-Zone resources and how are they going to help me in my courses? Well, as a student at Brock University, I can honestly say that Academic-Zone was a huge help to me during my first year and helped me see what’s expected at the post-secondary level.
I used the Essay-Zone and Advanced Grammar modules in my first year Principles of Business course (MGMT 1P93). As part of this course, we were required to take a grammar and punctuation test, and we had three attempts to achieve a minimum grade of 70% or we would not pass the course. At the time, the test was worth 10% of our final mark and the grade we received on the first attempt would be the only one that counted. We used the Essay-Zone and Advanced Grammar modules to prepare for this test.
The majority of my preparation and studying for the test was done by using the modules. I passed the test on my first attempt! After using the modules, I saw a big improvement in my writing skills, particularly in grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure. I continued to use Essay-Zone and Advanced Grammar throughout the remainder of my first term to help me with my writing in all of my courses. They were a huge help, especially when it came to writing essays. What I like about the modules is how they are very light on text and easy to navigate. The activities and mini-quizzes really kept my interest and helped me to learn the material more easily.
I highly recommend the Academic-Zone modules to all students. Whether you’re struggling with essay writing, grammar, punctuation, or even math, the modules will definitely help you out. I wasn’t struggling, but I was surprised by how much my writing improved!
Students! Is your professor using Academic-Zone? If so, check out this tutorial on how to register.
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Has the time come to abandon binders and the whole concept of handwritten notes? In a recent post by the Canadian Education Association, one instructor gives his thoughts on this matter. “Let’s Ban the Binder” discusses why we need to move on from the traditional methods of having students copy out notes or keep copies of handouts towards the use of more collaborative learning practices. It touches on how exploring of modern tools and technology should be emphasized, rather than having students simply review notes in preparation for tests.
Do you think it’s time to abandon the traditional methods of teaching and learning? What role might technology play? In your opinion, are there factors that stand in the way of change? Share your thoughts!
An intriguing quote:
“If we believe that creativity is more important than regurgitation, that inventiveness is of greater value than memorization, that learning is more experiential than observational, then we must engage students in thinking beyond pen, ruler and paper.”
Click here for the full article.
Visit the Canadian Education Association website for more.
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