EDET677 Reflection–EQ: How have you, and will you, continue to “Learn the 21st Century” and allow your students this experience in your classroom?

Aleta May

Week 11 Reflection EDET677

Best practice strategy instruction is part of making, creating, and coding. Subjects are interdisciplinary. And known strategies that work for the teacher as the facilitator and mini-lesson explicit instructor may and should be combined with creative making (like art with LEDs; and building prototypes about what they are reading) to express learning.

Here is a video clip about a high school that has combined reading instruction with history and is using a strategy approach called reciprocal teaching in high school—this was posted only 3 months ago:


Through designated roles in the reading process, one student reads, another summarizes, other questions, while another predicts what’s going on next make sense of reading. They rotate through those roles. They benefit from the input of other students. Pre-reading with ideas, themes to build schema. The teacher rotates to each group. They usually need the most instruction in summarizing. They use sentence stems.

I had found a jigsaw strategy video clip for my initial post and thought about how this could apply to some of the ideas of the makerspace and working together in a group. As I now add into my reflection the strategy of reciprocal teaching, I can see many ways the structure of best practice protocols can and should be woven together with students working in small groups to help and learn from each other in small groups to begin structured working together in areas such as coding. One student may set up the Arduino, while another explains the instructions, and another adjust the code as needed and another takes notes on their findings. Then these roles could be summarized, and students could try on different roles.

Comments from classmates from my post:

josies677blog says:  July 31, 2016 at 1:58 pm (Edit)


Great information on your post. Using your students as a resource to say updated is a great avenue that I did not think of. I agree that we need to exercise our brains instead of using so many automated tools. Your strategy model from Dr. Pravin Bhatia did provide good in depth steps on how to organize teaching.

I loved it when the brain games became a trend. We use these games and other board games at our house for family bonding time. It is a great way to exercise our brains.


aletakmay says:  July 31, 2016 at 7:36 pm (Edit)


I love hearing about your family bonding time and how you use brain games. Today our daughter is getting married, and we will have 4 children living in our house here in Oregon; 2 from our daughter and 2 from our new son I am very inspired from what you said to think about following your lead when we come back here this winter. Our grandkids range from 8 (in Sept) through 13. We also have students who spend a lot of time in the resource room with husband at school. If you could give me the names of brain games or ideas, that would be much appreciated.


Sara Lucas says:  August 1, 2016 at 3:35 am (Edit)

You found some really great videos to add to your blog. I like how they address the topic that the world is changing and we need to evolve with it. We can’t stay stuck in the past. I like how in the video Andreas Schleicher makes the point that we don’t need to try to teach kids everything because Google already knows the answer. This made me chuckle. Rather trying to cram students brains full of information, we need to teach kids to apply their knowledge in new situations. The strategy by Dr. Pravin Bhatia is a great strategy. It sounds like what I have heard of as jigsaw. I didn’t think about using this in a makerspace, but it does sound like it would be perfect to wrap up students thoughts and share what they are learning.

Sara, I’m glad you enjoyed watching the video! It is so important that we teach kids how to access resources to teach themselves. It is amazing that we can speak into our phones or type a question into Internet/Google and find the answers! I believe there are good reasons to memorize, but to memorize names/dates/etc. In history, social studies and science seem irrelevant when we can simply access that information. It is much more important that we teach students about finding quality, reliable sources and comparing these to each other. It is also important to teach them to seek alternative perspectives.

My posts to classmates:


It is so true that technology spans a broad spectrum—from pencil to high-tech tablets. I still have a hard time thinking about a pencil as technology, yet it is a tool used for learning—thinking, drawing, problem-solving.

With so many options out there on the Internet for teachers, I just thought about how it may help us to take notes as to how we go through the process of narrowing down our choices for what is best for our students and selecting this. Then we may share this process with our students as they face the same issues. This reminds me of using think-alouds to allow students to learn from our processes we go through to comprehend text. We can think-aloud a recent process we went through to select an appropriate lesson for our students on a computer venue or lesson.



What a perfect list from Tsisana Palmer (2015). Thank you for sharing this.

I connected with the quote you placed in your blog from Dale Carnegie. Especially that “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage.” This should be a motto on my emails.

When you stated that when students know more than we do, this allows us to shine, I thought to myself about how true this is. There seems to be a residual mindset among some students that if a teacher doesn’t know enough about a topic, they are no longer considered to be worthy of their time or respect. We need to change this. And like you said, there will “be times when we all struggle to figure something out.” Thank you for your insights!



It does seem to be very overwhelming to keep up with the enormity of the tasks and demands on instructional time; especially when we are asked to take on so many different things besides our position we actually contracted to do. Staying current through Twitter and Edutopia sound like a great idea.

Focusing on a Growth Mindset, especially in the fall, will set students up to your expectations; such as, they can and will do what is right.

The 5J approach you introduced is excellent advice! I especially like the one called just enough, the focus on gradually improving, becoming comfortable with new technologies and building confidence over practice sounds like a great focus that applies to the job-related, just in time, just in case, and just try it applications.

It seems to me that often we as professional educators are evaluated and rewarded in such ways as to compete, by convincing others and promoting ourselves as the most professional, confident educators; as if we are continually being interviewed. In reality, all of us need to be willing to grow, to help each other, and to just be willing to understand that we all have our own strengths—as well as all needing to grow. Educators need a Growth Mindset as well!



Reciprocal teaching in high school. WestEd iStudies 3 months ago. Retrieved on August 1st at: https://vimeo.com/165190419



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