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Social Learning Review

Here is the link for my Social Learning Review.

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Develop positive school culture

Students are more likely to attend and achieve at school if they feel accepted, valued, respected and included. Positive relationships with parents can also assist in supporting their children’s attendance at school.

Ideas to develop positive school culture:

 Ensure the school has established appropriate policies that support a safe and caring environment e.g. learning and well being strategies, anti-bullying policies, behaviour programs
 Encourage positive, respectful relationships between staff and students. Talk with students. Ensure students know that staff at the school care about them.
 Implement strategies to address issues such as learning difficulties
 Encourage students to look after each other. Establish peer tutoring or mentoring programs.
 Make a fuss of students. Let them know that you want them to come to school. Greet students by name as they arrive at school.
 Plan activities that children look forward to participating in
 Structure opportunities for all students to be successful and celebrated at something
 Schedule surprise special events on days with high absences (usually Fridays and the last day of term)

 

 

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Types of Curriculum

 Curriculum is often used to describe only the goals, objectives, or plans, something distinct from the “means” of methods, materials, and assessment.

Types of curriculum :

1. Formal Curriculum – The curriculum is usually confined to those written understandings and directions formally designated and reviewed by administrators, curriculum directors and teachers, often collectively.

2. Hidden Curriculum – That which is implied by the very structure and nature of schools, much of what revolves around daily or established routines.

3.Societal Curriculum – Massive, ongoing, informal curriculum of family, peer groups, neighborhoods, churches organizations, occupations, mass, media and other socializing forces that “educate” all of us throughout our lives. 

4. Null Curriculum – That which we do not teach, thus giving students the message that these elements are not important in their educational experiences or in our society.

5. Phantom Curriculum – The messages prevalent in and through exposure to any type of media.

6. Concomitant Curriculum – What is taught, or emphasized at home, or those experiences that are part of a family’s experiences, or related experiences sanctioned by the family.

7. Received Curriculum – Those things that students actually take out of classroom; those concepts and content that are truly learned and remembered.

8. Internal Curriculum – Processes, content, knowledge combined with the experiences and realities of the learner to create new knowledge.

9. Electronic Curriculum – Those lessons learned through searching the Internet for information, or through using e-forms of communication.

 

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Final Reflection: ECMP 355

Here is the link for my Final Reflection:

Final Reflection: ECMP 355

 

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Rewards and Punishments

Rewards and punishments are different ways to handle discipline in various life situations. Whether you are on the giving or receiving end of the discipline, understanding how to distinguish between the two can be helpful toward making good decisions. Rewards are generally more positive and used to reinforce good behavior, while punishments are used to discontinue negative behavior. Both are thought to be effective methods of discipline, depending on the situation with which you are confronted.

Learn about the different types of punishments in order to better understand what they are. Punishments can be verbal or physical. Verbal punishments include yelling, speaking negatively and criticizing. Physical punishments include spanking, hitting and slapping. Withholding rewards is another type of punishment. Withholding rewards means not giving a reward that was previously promised, such as not giving a child dessert because he behaved badly. Another method of punishment is creating penalties for behavior. Examples of penalties are time-outs, losing an allowance or being grounded.
Understand rewards by looking at how positive behaviors are treated. Rewards include such things as money, treats, gifts and spending time with people or at places that are enjoyable. If an individual receives something that makes her happy for good behavior, she is likely receiving a reward.
If a consequence is occurring for negative behavior, it is a punishment. Punishments can be created by people or can be naturally occurring as a result of an action, such as being hungry after missing dinner. If a consequence occurs for a positive behavior, it is a reward, such as receiving an A on a test after studying hard. Getting a good grade is a natural reward for the positive behavior of studying.

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ENJOY YOUR LIFE!

Enjoy each and every moment of your life because you get your life once.

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Gifted Students

Gifted students present an additional challenge in that they already know most of the content and will be able to learn what they don’t know in much less time than the rest of the students in your class. Believe it or not, if you don’t plan well for the gifted students, they will be the ones who will probably learn the least.

The characteristics of the gifted child are:

  • The Gifted Child exhibits intensity and curiosity sooner than the average child. They respond to events with stronger emotion, sensitivity and passion than the average child.
  • When they are interested in something, they pursue it with passion! They seek out information to discover as much about it as possible.
  • The gifted child has an excellent memory, which may account for their ability to remember details, spelling words, or math problems with ease.
  • These children need to be challenged. They have a thirst for information, and general education classes frustrate them, as they don’t like repeating or practicing things they already know.
  • They can be sensitive to sound, clothes tags, or wrinkles in socks. They are perceptive to facial expressions, body language, and often have a good sense or humor.
  • They are voracious in their search for answers, including reading and internet research, and tend to ask a lot of questions.

Advise for Teachers:

Choice is key. When you have certain activities you want your students to do, plan for the weakest and the strongest students. Provide choice. For instance, if you’re asking the class to summarize key points in the topic, consider the following. Weaker students may begin with point form. Gifted students may create a poster or write a commercial selling others on the key points in a persuasive manner. Make sure you have the following rule in place: Don’t bother others.Often in classrooms, a strategy that works well is called Compacting the Curriculum. To compact the curriculum means, if they already know the content, let them move into an area that they don’t know. Gifted students with strength in math, might use additional time in language areas, thus you’re compacting the math. You already know they take less time to learn, let them take the lesser time and make sure they have procedures they can follow to move on to something else. Capitalize on their interests.Provide ownership to capable students. Let them keep a chart of what they’ll be working on each time they finish what you’ve assigned them. If they don’t come up with their ideas, keep a challenge box full of activities that promote problem solving. Never have the child work on remediation or drill type activities. These children need to enjoy extension type activities within their areas of strength.

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Parent’s Love

Watch this video , you all will definitely like it and feel how much parents care for their children.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0sihX98mAw

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Music in the Classroom

Children naturally love music! Whether it’s soft and soothing or a lively tune, children feel it both physically and emotionally. Music has a positive influence on young children’s cognitive skills such as spatial reasoning and memory.  Providing children with a rich and stimulating environment involving all the senses, including the auditory sense, can support children’s healthy growth and development. Making music with others gives children a wonderful feeling of belonging to the group. Children who might have difficulty joining in activities with others because they are shy, have limited English ability (EALs or language delayed) or special needs , can freely participate when it comes to a music activity. Children seem to experience much pleasure and joy listening to music, making music and moving to music. Whether they are singing along to a CD, playing a rhythm instrument or skipping to music around the classroom, most children seem to thoroughly enjoy participating in a music activity.How wonderful it is that with very little effort, teacher can bring such happiness to children each day just by providing the opportunity to do a little something with music. 

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Keep Smiling!

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