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Denny Guo
Posted about 1 year ago
Does the lack of accuracy outweigh the benefits of truly understanding the information?
Hey Alex, thank you for the reply. Similarly to what I said to George, I am using this for part of my english project. The question that I want to raised is at what age should this type of modeling stop and do you truly expect teachers to change their way of teaching so it is more practical? To clarify, let me explain what I mean. I agree that at young ages the from elementary to middle school, the material that is learned is elementary. It basically scratches the surface of every subject; math, english, science, and history. Because of the rudimentary concepts, teaches can and should follow Dewitts model of learning through stories, but what about the older kids? What about when the times to learn get harder. The material gets more complicated and concise on specific subjects and things become less understandable? He emphasized how stories should be used to teach with things that are over complicated. How can his model be used to help these students when they are at the tipping point of choosing their career and college for what they want to be? With the amount of knowledge the students need to learn, how can a teacher be able to create a story simple enough to fit the needs of all the students and by learning in this manner, do you think that younger students will become dependent on this technique for learning and not be able to solve questions by themselves?
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Denny Guo
Posted about 1 year ago
Does the lack of accuracy outweigh the benefits of truly understanding the information?
First of all George, thank you for relying back. I am doing this for a project for college at Pennstate and need about three to four replies or responses, so this is helpful. What you say makes sense. I agree that models and examples, such as the example he gave, did give a clear understanding to what he was trying to prove and his approach to understanding models, but if we can never truly talk about reality with any model, then what is the point? I understand many things such as changing the government or suddenly asking to solve the pollution problem around the world and creating sustainability are models that are brought up to be opinionated and talked about, since direct actions and plans are unrealistic. However, I believed that this model or idea that he urged other teachers and educational institutions to do seemed much more possible and realistic. That is why I asked the previous questions. Do you ever believe that models can be truly talked about and directly applied to reality then?
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Denny Guo
Posted about 1 year ago
Tyler DeWitt: Hey science teachers -- make it fun
After listening to this Ted talk, I found a lot of his ideas to be really creative. The ability to teach through stories and images is a powerful tool and can help many students learn idea and concepts that they, at one point in time, could not understand. The problem that I see with this concept of learning is that if students can only learn and comprehend from this special technique, then what will happen in the future for these students when other ways of comprehension become to difficult because of the dependency on this particular technique. This technique seems to be very dependent on how the teachers relay the information. For teachers however, as the grade level of the student increase, more information and ideas have to be incorporated into their daily plans, leaving it almost impossible for the teachers to teach everything in on sitting. Because of this, text book reading assignments and hours of research must be done out of school in order to be prepared for the next day. College education is another level up from high school and the amount of knowledge that needs to be crammed into the heads of students seems to be to much. This is why college seems to be such a dramatic change for many students like myself. How can this idea be incorporated in a way that can help students understand without harming their ability to learn and understand by themselves so they can be ready for the college environment.