Learning Objective Two
Students will display the ability to think critically about the reading and discuss their understanding on Canvas LMS discussion boards with at least proficient accuracy, according to the rubric.
Activity and Assessment
Students will read "Critical Reading Practices and Textual Analysis" and Dweck's "Brainology" and watch Eduardo Briceno's "The Power of Belief--Mindset and Success" After reviewing Baker's essay, as well as their annotation and summary (with my notes), they will contribute to the class discussion by responding to the following:
- Imagine that you have been confronted by a friend who is studying to be a teacher. After her experiences volunteering in a school classroom, she tells you that she is considering not pursuing a career in teaching because the teacher groups students according to their scores on standardized tests, and the students are basically made to feel that they are either "smart" or "dumb" (Baker).
- Write a response to your friend (considering the reading/viewing you have done in this module) to encourage her to continue working to become a teacher.
- Perhaps she could take a different approach than the teacher with whom she is volunteering.
- What might your friend emphasize in her class that the other teacher isn't doing?
Assessment Tool: Canvas
Canvas is a Learning Management System that allows students to engage in online discussion in order to enhance their learning experience. Rather than sitting in a passive environment, Canvas discussion boards turn classes into active places, where engaging interactions take place, and students can build their understanding and critical thinking skills throughout the modules. Students have the choice of uploading files, linking to websites and/or images to add more developed and thorough responses to their peers and instructor.
Plagiarism and Learning Styles
The above activity appeals to a number of learning styles in that students respond to an actual scenario in which they might find themselves engaged. Rather than repeating information they have read about, they are applying that information in a way that moves up the ladder of Bloom's taxonomy (see the taxonomy table here). Plagiarism ought not to be an issue when students are asked to pull in information from various sources (in this case two different essays, as well as a TED Talk). Synthesizing the essays and video allows students to write and read about the issue from varying perspectives, appealing to a variety of learning styles. This activity also helps to curb plagiarism in future assignments, as it gives students the ability to explore this topic. Advice about lessening plagiarism given by the Council of Writing Program Administrators (2003), suggests that instructors should "Design assignments that require students to explore a subject in depth. Research questions and assignment topics should be based on principles of inquiry and on the genuine need to discover something about the topic, and should present that topic to an audience in the form of an exploration or an argument." That is exactly the goal with this objective and activity.