Virtual Reality

Because virtual reality has become so prevalent in the education world, it makes sense to find a way to implement it in the classroom. Teachers typically introduce virtual reality to students based on two important factors: affordability and available content. These two factors can cover a wide variety of topics but I will focus on two ways it can be used in an elementary classroom. One way is to use it as a field trip. Field trips can be an excellent way to engage students in content introduced in the classroom but it can also be expensive. Having those students experience virtual reality accomplishes the learning goal that the field trip would accomplish at an affordable rate. Another way to implement virtual reality is to travel to and explore places all over the world without leaving the classroom. This is huge because students can not only talk about different cultures around the world but experience it in the classroom on such a broader scale.

Stimulating Recall of Prior Learning

periodic tableThe reading discusses Gagne’s Nine Events of Successful Instruction. Shown above is a picture of an interactive periodic table of elements. This picture was located on a bulletin board in the Withers Building on Winthrop’s campus. This picture is reflective of the 3rd event of successful instruction which involves stimulating recall and prior learning. Although some students’ knowledge of the periodic table may not be as extensive as others, seeing this should activate their prior learning of what has previously been taught prior to college. For example, if a professor wanted to introduce this concept to students, they want students to be able to place their learning into context based on the background knowledge or prior learning that has already been attained. This will further drive the purpose of stimulating recall by deeply embedding knowledge into the working memory in order to complete a current task or strategy.

Introduction

Hello!! My name is La’Porchia Jenise Graham. I just celebrated my 31st birthday yesterday on August 27th. I am a proud mom to my wonderful 5 year old son, Evan. I adore him so much. Although my calling is to educate and nurture children, my priority and first joy is being a mom to him. I am engaged and will marry on July 14, 2018. I am extremely excited to be a teacher and make a positive impact on all of the students I teach. The most important thing about me is that I love God and family. I try to treat people like I want to be treated. I believe that showing love and compassion will take you a long way.

Showing Concern about the overall needs of students

Prior to attending Winthrop University, my primary goal was to educate children. I wanted to be that beacon of light for children. While this is still a goal of mine, it is not my primary goal. Being in the field and working with students has changed my perspective on what educators should be concerned about with students. Although meeting their educational needs is extremely important, however, there are so many other factors to consider when thinking of the concerns of the students such as the home life and emotional well being. Being in the position of a teacher, it is often hard to think of non-academic factors when thinking of your students but I believe doing so is vital to their overall success. I can recall one of my instructors sharing a story of when she was a middle school teacher. She had assigned a project that required students to purchase poster board along with other items. When it was time for the students to turn in their assignment, one student did not complete it. My instructor expressed that she reprimanded him openly in front of his peers because she assumed that he had not completed the assignment due to lack of effort. During this class, she notices that this student is crying. During a conversation with the student after class, she learns that he did not complete the assignment because his family simply did not have the financial means to purchase the materials he needed. While her assumption was wrong, I believe it is a typical depiction of what educators often see when students come into their classroom. We need to understand how our environment, assignments, and attitudes will affect the needs of our students. Instead of assuming, we should address those concerns head on because our students’ futures depends on it. Students need to see through our actions that we are concerned about their academic and emotional well being.