Coloring a pre-printed page is NOT authentic teaching or learning. Kids understand that it's not an important task...
It is our jobs as teachers to make tasks relevant. Tasks that students will be engaged in and be able to connect to their own lives.
In order to make a worthwhile task, it's important to adapt the tasks for different leveled learners. If a task is too hard or too easy for students, they will not get as much from it.
If the child can not relate what they are learning to their daily life, they may see not purpose in making an effort to be an active learner.
This child is NOT engaging in an authentic task.
I believe that it is important to develop tasks that are worthwhile and that will provide stimulation and growth of our students.
Theres more than one way to learn something. If a student is bored or disengaged, we should find out what engages her and we may be surprised how quickly she no longer seems like a problem child.
Authentic tasks help keep students engaged and keeps the content relatable to them.
I agree with this! It's unreasonable of us not to consider what children would actually be interested in learning about as we're planning our lessons. Once we have that information, we can build our lessons on top of that. Even as adults, there are times where we are not interested in a particular topic, so we're not going to be invested.
I think that this is a very true statement. I find that when students are not engaged or challenged enough in the classroom they tend to act out and not participate. This why se must insure that each task we choose is worthwhile.
Sometimes as teachers we need to take a step back and stop playing the blame game. We need to be more open minded with new tasks and find things our students would be interested in and can relate to.
Children need to be engaged in their work so they do not become off task. Using authentic tasks within lesson plans will help keep children focused.
Coloring a color sheet with crayons given to them doesn't allow the student to engage in creative learning.
Coloring a worksheet is not a good example of an authentic task. What is the child learning besides trying to color in the lines?
This statement is very true. Often times I see students in trouble for not working on what they are told to be doing, but I'm not sure if I would even be on task if I were that child. Though it might be extra work, it is critical for teachers to walk in their students shoes to create engaging, doable tasks that still teach the students what they should be learning.
Sometimes, the student isn't engage or is bored with the task due to its relatability, connections, or student interest
In Special Education, we constantly talk about individualization. Our job is based around Individualized Education Plans and making modifications so that each student has a fair opportunity to learn.
The ideas, reflections, and questions generated before, during, and after Digital Age Teaching sessions help us rethink teaching and learning. Examining why we do what we do can only make us better.