Virginia SmithDecember 10, 2012Dr. WashellEducation 2130Reflective Journal #1The first chapter in Pearson Custom Educationis centered on the idea of educational psychology and becoming a professional. The opening case study is an excellent way to get students thinking about previous teachers they have encountered, and the difference between what is considered a “good” and “bad teacher”. The homework assignment was a fantastic way to get to know our fellow students in the classroom, and relate what we are learning in the classroom to our past experiences by teachers. It made one think about different adjectives shown by the “good” and “bad” teachers. It was easy to draw comparisons between what students like and what they did not like about specific teachers. The most common characteristic about a “bad” teacher is that they did not care about their students, and did not show an interest in their learning. The most common characteristic of a “good” teacher was quite the opposite because students told the class that a “good” teacher cared about the students on a level that goes beyond the classroom setting. Overall, I think the homework assignment and groups talking about their different teachers were a wonderful way to connect the textbook to our everyday lives. Dividing the class into different groups: North, South, East, and West was a creative way of making sure that every group has a leader, thinker, detain oriented person, and a person who includes everybody! I really enjoyed that division especially considering I can use it one day to divide my classroom up evenly so that everybody has a specific job and to try and make the groups even. I also enjoy that we will have the same groups throughout the semester so that we can get to know the others in our group extremely well. Overall: loved the activity!
The PowerPoint that was presented to the class was not a positive reinforcement for me to retain the information from the book. It was boring to listen to considering that every other professor at this campus uses PowerPoint to teach a class. Education classes should be presented in creative ways so that students can learn different ways to get their future students involved in the classroom. Although, the different colored construction paper was a smart way of reviewing for a test. The first thing that came to mind was using that exercise in a history class when talking about different battles in the major wars: American Revolution, Civil War, World War 1 and 2, etc. Although the PowerPoint was not very affective, the colored paper was an original and creative way to review the material. During my reading of chapter one, I though the textbook writers did a fabulous job of describing the different types of research and giving helpful examples that are easily relatable to the classroom. I also learned about being a professional in the classroom by being committed to learners, making decisions, practicing, and knowing information about being a professional. The