Identifying professional development for Humanities teachers

Regarding this task, the focus was on professional development to better our practices as up coming teachers and what areas we would like to focus on improving.

What professional development opportunities would you seek to engage with as a Humanities teacher?

A major aspect of my teaching regarding Geography is that of engaging students in the work taking place within the classroom. Although I am able to engage students within health and physical education, the minimal experience regarding Geography classroom learning may hinder my ability to grab the attention of students to better their education. My goal would be to attend or be involved in workshops/ seminars regarding effectively engaging students.

Ina general sense, other workshops, professional developments and so forth that would be beneficial to an upcoming Geography teacher would that of expanding my knowledge of geographical concepts and providing students with the best classroom and out of classroom experiences to benefit and broaden their knowledge surrounding the subject.

How would you justify your attendance?

Within previous practical experiences, it was found that students respond extremely well to activities in the classroom that prompt student lead discussions, inquiry questions, high order thinking and overall engaging student learning. Simply stated, students whom are actively engaged in the classroom appeared to be more receptive of the information, retaining more. Why is engaging students in their learning so important and how is it beneficial to their learning?

Maryellen Weimer’s article ‘10 Benefits of Getting Students to Participate in Classroom Discussions’ (Weimer, 2011) as the title entails, lists ten major benefits of involving students within the classroom. By promoting student participation in the class, student interest rises due to others speaking, conversations occur which then promotes student interest and allows students the opportunity to use the language of the course.

Examples of engaging strategies are that of; making the content meaningful in that students can relate to the learnings they are undertaking, seeing its real-world application or benefits. Ensure students are challenged but not as far as to have them feel incompetent, promote high order thinking questions to further challenge the student. Welcome student input via student led discussions, this gives the students a sense of worth due to their opinions becoming part of the classroom experience. Teacher student relations are also enhanced due to the dialogue occurring within class, however in saying this, student and teachers must maintain a respectful, welcoming environment. (Nicolás Pino, 2014)
 

 

References:
Nicolás Pino, J. (2014). Golden Rules for Engaging Students in Learning Activities. Edutopia. Retrieved 20 October 2016, from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/golden-rules-for-engaging-students-nicolas-pino-james

Weimer, M. (2011). 10 Benefits of Getting Students to Participate in Classroom Discussions. Faculty Focus | Higher Ed Teaching & Learning. Retrieved 20 October 2016, from http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-and-learning/10-benefits-of-getting-students-to-participate-in-classroom-discussions/

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