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Chapter Ten Discussion

Neill Reilly
Randi Swann

In this chapter, we look at teachers objectives, and how you can make children reach these objectives. What do you feel you objectives will be when you are teaching in the classroom?

Also in this chapter, the educational goals are looked at. More specifically, there are 8 goals that president clinton signed into law. They are known as the "goals 2000". Which of these do you think is the most effective and reasonable law? Do you think 90% graduation rate from high school is too high? Is it possible to achieve this?

When looking at the taxonomy of education, you see there is a hierarchically ordered list. It consists of

- Knowledge






Do you feel that this is the best order possible, or would change the way it is listed? Do you feel evaluation should be that low on the list, or is it more important?

Let's start with this, and build on it!

Chapter 10 says that there are four approaches to teaching: Behavioral, Cognitive, Humanistic, and Social. The Behavioral approach is subtitled as Direct Instruction. Direct instruction focuses on learning basic skills. The teacher makes all the decisions and keeps the students on task, emphasizing positive reinforcment. It involves structured, guided, as well as independent practice.

~What do you think of this approach?

~Is it geared toward a certain age group, or ability level?

The cognitive, or information processing approach, designs lessons around principles of meaningfule learning. It involves telling students what they will learn, why and how they will be tested. Meaningful learning is aided by exposure to multiple points of view.

~How can you integrate different meaningful points of view into a leasson?

~What is the best approach to introducing self-directed learning in the classroom?

The humanistic approach to teaching is student-centered instruction. It addresses needs, values, motives, and self-perceptions.

~Why do you think this approach is helpful in the classroom?

The social approach teaches students how to learn from each other. This approach discourages competitive reward structures. It stresses the use of technology to promote an active social environment.

~How can you promote a social environment without losing control of your class?

~What would you do with an anti-social student in a classroom that otherwise responds well with this sort of learning?