What Do Students Really Remember?

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EDF2085 – Diversity for Educators: To be used at the beginning of the semester to build cultural capital; while establishing awareness of varied perspectives in a classroom. The lesson begins with a thought provoking infographic, followed by a trip down memory lane; to encourage future educators to think about the influence teachers have on students. The activities that follow will culminate in two brief paragraphs.
Weekly Preparation: Blackboard submitted assignments are due at 11:59 on Saturday nights. In-class assignments are due at the beginning of class and marked late if not turned in by the time class begins.

BlackBoard Announcement: You will have two assignments this weekend. Link below to the assignment tools. [Course Link: Assignments]

#1 (Due Date) How will you be remembered? Watch the two video clips below:

(3 min) Sweaty Teacher (Readable) 

(2 min) Teacher Montage

After viewing the clips, answer the following question in 1-3 complete sentences. Type the answers in the ‘Text Submission Box’ in this assignment tool. Do not type your answers in the ‘Comments Box.’

  1. Select two of the actors who play teachers in the montage; and describe: What makes the teacher different or memorable?
  2. .
  3. Describe your worst elementary school memory.
  4. Describe your worst elementary school memory.
  5. What would you like your students to remember about you?

#2 (Due Date) “What Can Be Done with Bad Teachers?”1 What-Can-Be-Done-With-Bad-Teachers-Infographic
Most teachers do not begin teaching with plans of being a ‘Bad Teacher.’ According to the “What Can Be Done with Bad Teachers?” infographic, there are three categories of teachers: low-performing, average, and irreplaceable. Only 20% are considered irreplaceable, considered to be among the best?


(infographic) What Can be Done With Bad Teachers?

Read the infographic and answer the following questions.
There are two schools of thought about teacher quality. Which school of thought do you believe? Write your answer on an index card; along with three reasons to support your answer.

Entrance Ticket: Students will present index cards as they enter class. Students who do not have their index card will not be able to participate in the Check-in Activity; and will be sent to classroom computers to read infographic and complete the assignment. There will be a point value attached to entrance tickets. Additionally, when students are divided into work groups, it will be determined by the individual’s level of class preparation.
Check-in Activity: At the beginning of class, students will stand in designated areas to represent whether they believe Under-performing Teachers Should be Fired ~OR~ Under-performing Teachers Can be Helped. We will evaluate the results and further divide students: Strongly Believe ~Fired / Undecided / Strongly Believe ~ Helped. The Strongly Believe groups will use the information on their index cards to convince the Undecided to join them. There is no correct answer or real winner; as the activity is intended to present multiple sides of the issue.
Discussion: “The Sweaty Teacher” and what they remember from elementary school.
Their Turn: Each person is given two sticky notes; to write a characteristic of a ‘bad teacher’ and a ‘good teacher.’ Notes will be sorted on the board.
Discussion: Individual perspectives about what is a bad or good teacher.

Writing Process:

  • Brainstorm about bad or good teacher characteristics.
  • View Power of Simple Words
  • Organize

(2 min) The Power of Simple Words (Readable)

Exit Ticket – Teach Me / Ask Me: As students leave the room they will turn in the assigned index card and will write one or two complete sentences about what they learned. They can also write  any questions they may have.

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