Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Pride of Ownership

I was reflecting on a blog that I was reading, and in response to the writer's question in which they asked, "What is the specific value of expression that engages students? How can we capitalize on it in our classrooms?, I was thinking that...
Even though we can provide our learners with all the "bells and whistles" that are available to teachers who choose to use technology in the classroom, the bottom line is that our learners are instilled with a "pride of ownership" attitude, or not... There will always be those learners who are engaged in learning, thrive to excel, who express themselves the best they can, and come back repeatedly for more inspiration. At the other end of the spectrum, there will also be those learners who choose not to.
Knowing that their work will be just a fingertip away for all to see, definitely inspires a learner to put forth their best effort. As teachers it is up to us to try and draw out the "pride of ownership" qualities that lay within our learners, but sometimes no matter how engaging we try to make things (whether it is technology related or not), there will always be those that choose not to come back for more no matter how hard we try.


Blogger thekyleguy said...

Jane you bring up a good point. These tools do create an opportunity for student ownership, and in our minds it can be empowering for them. But what if they don't buy in? It will happen, like it often does in the classroom but as good teachers we have to make the learning experiences relevant to avoid these circumstances. Incorporating technology gives us another tool to reach our students. A lot lies in how we decide to implement it.

8:22 AM  
Blogger Amber said...

I agree with Kyle. Relevance to our students is critical! As teachers I feel that we need to find our students personal interests and try to build and structure our lessons around them. As Kyle said, a lot lies in how we as teachers use the tools that are given to us. There is so much out there for us to use. It is sad to see that not be taken advantage of. However Jane, you make a good point. Sometimes, no matter what one does, they cannot completely engage every single student. All we can do is try our best!

2:49 PM  
Blogger smytheg2001 said...

You are so right Jane. Some of these technological ideas to give us another repertoire of engaging and relevant materials though don't they?! Every student will respond to something different and of course have differnet interests just like Kyle said. At least as we learn more the possibility of individualizing our programming to each student really increases and broadens the possibilities for unique 'process' and learning outcomes.

12:05 PM  
Blogger Shareski said...

Good ideas here. I'm really interested in focusing on personalized learning as Amber suggests. In addition I think a similar approach can be taken with our teachers. Rather than trying to get them excited about the new technologies, ask them about their passions. What is it you love to teach? Then show the how technology can enhance/improve the experience. But also as stated, there will be those who may never get engaged in learning. But I think the number is smaller than we might think.

11:40 AM  

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