The idea of introducing children to the concept of thinking out loud as the means of engaging them into the learning process appear to be rather inspiring. Therefore, extrapolating the specified findings onto a larger context of learning and building the relevant skills, one might suggest that the use of thinking out loud could be utilized to give students insights about their own learning process (Wong et al., 2018). Consequently, opportunities for developing a more nuanced idea about one’s cognitive processes will emerge (Wong et al., 2018). Furthermore, it is believed that the specified knowledge will help students to build self-directed learning skills.
Students from All Walks of Life
Embracing diversity among students represents one of the core tasks for a teacher. Specifically, it is vital for an educator to be able to recognize unique factors affecting learning. Therefore, it is vital for a teacher to find a proper approach to students form any sociocultural and economic backgrounds (Wong et al., 2018). However, the specified requirement begs the question of how a teacher can develop the skills for catering to the needs of students of any cultural or ethnic origin (Wong et al., 2018). The solution to the specified problem concerns parental involvement as one of the tools for coordinating the process of teacher-student collaboration.
Utilizing different strategies in order to engage students in the learning process is a natural and crucial goal of teaching. Specifically, the four stages of teaching that Wong suggests appear to be exceptionally useful when introducing learners to specific information and instructions (Wong et al., 2018). However, when considering the categories of fantasy, survival, mastery, and impact, one should possibly add the concept of independence as a vital stage of learning when students develop agency and autonomy in navigating a specific topic and the associated themes (Wong et al., 2018). The proposed change will allow introducing students to lifelong learning.
Visual, Auditory, Verbal, and Physical Learning
Approaching the process of teaching and learning from the Constructivism standpoint implies allowing students to infer critical information and shape their own knowledge about specific issues independently. The specified perspective opens a plethora of opportunities for students in regard to building their own unique approaches to learning (Wong et al., 2018). The opportunity to approach each learner’s unique characteristics and encourage knowledge development in specific students based on their characteristics suggests that an educator can spur the learners’ enthusiasm in studying to a significant extent. However, the described opportunity is obstructed o a significant extent by a range of constraints, time and teachers’ skills being the key ones.
Constructivism and Lesson Plans
The necessity to utilize different types of activities as the means of representing the full extent of learning forms’ variety as suggested by Wong appears to be a very reasonable piece of advice. However, given the recent transfer of the learning processes to the digital context, diversifying the learning experience might appear to be somewhat difficult. For this purpose, teachers should seek to incorporate different information types into the design of tasks in order to appeal to students’ respective learning styles. Furthermore, the focus on integrating a broader range of interactive tasks based on simulations and the related learning experiences is strongly advised.
“The Effective Teacher”
The idea of viewing learners’ weaknesses as opportunities for improvement as opposed to their specific characteristics appears quite sensible to me. Indeed, I agree with the original poster regarding the minimized learning potential observed once a specific area is represented as a student’s weakness and is, therefore, labeled as a potentially complex issue to adders. However, recognizing one’s limitations is also essential for students so that they could pursue the areas in which they can become proficient. Therefore, it would be a sensible solution to observe whether a student is capable of making any improvements in the area of a specific weakness.
Areas Where Students Excel
The approaches to learning that students have may vary extensively across the class, yet all of them will inevitably fall into one of the four core categories, namely, visual, auditory, verbal, or physical ones. Indeed, it is vital to understand what kind of information a student process fastest. However, in addition to the specified approach, it would be reasonable to focus on integrating the data types that combine different approaches and, therefore, encourage students to alternate between different learning styles (Wong et al., 2018). The specified solution will allow for faster and more effective cognitive development, while teaching students to manage different types of data equally well.
Determining intelligence is a complicated task; however, one can agree that it should not be reduced to the ability to receive good grades. Instead, teachers should encourage students to perceive intelligence as the potential for resolving complex tasks. With the specified perspective in mind, students will be able to develop lifelong learning skills, therefore, preparing themselves for continuous professional growth. Furthermore, the proposed approach to managing the education process will help students retain a positive image of themselves and remain enthusiastic about learning (Wong et al., 2018). The specified approach is especially important for learners with specific limitations, especially those associated with learning disabilities.
Students with Special Needs
Supporting students with special needs represents a particularly demanding task for a teacher due to the need to adjust the learning process to the unique characteristics and limitations of an individual student while creating opportunities for the rest of the class. To ensure that students with special needs feel welcome in the target setting, an educator might consider integrating a support system involving the use of relevant technology, particularly, digital tools for keeping the learning process consistent (Wong et al., 2018). Furthermore, for students with learning disabilities, a teacher must provide a learner with special needs with consistent feedback that will guide them successfully.
Categorizing Children (Mooney)
The attempt at categorizing students into good and bad learners seems completely counterproductive to me. Although it is important to identify the learners that are likely to have difficulties developing the required knowledge and skills, it would be wrong to assign the specified labels to them. Instead, an educator should examine the presence of specific impediments to learning that affect the performance of students in question, thus, creating strategies that would help them in building the required skillset (Wong et al., 2018). Therefore, categorizing students in the described simplistic manner should be seen as entirely unproductive, whereas a framework detailing each student’s strengths and weaknesses should be preferred.
Wong, H. K., Martínez William, & Wong, R. T. (2018). The first days of school: How to be an effective teacher. Harry K. Wong Publications.