1. What areas of knowledge do you think would be best ‘taught’ or learned through a constructivist approach? Explain your reasoning. 2. What areas of knowledge do you think would NOT be appropriately taught through a constructivist approach? Explain your reasoning. 3. How can students be fairly assessed when using the constructivist approach if students are demonstrating their learning in such a wide variety of ways? 4. Sir Roger Scruton, an English philosopher once said this about constructivism: "Even if it were possible to educate children in this way, one thing is certain: that each generation would know less than the one before." Do you agree or disagree with his statement? 5. Critics of constructivism argue that the approach promotes group thinking and ignores the individuality of students. Do you agree or disagree with this idea? How can group thinking in collaborative work be avoided? 6. What have your experiences been in adopting constructivist approaches to your instructional practice?
TEAM CONSTRUCTIVISM (Fantastic Four)
Will Tam Will is currently a grade 5/6 teacher. He lives, works, and (plays) in the city of Richmond, B.C.. This is his second course in the MET journey. Will loves collaborating with others which allows him to learn from his peers and others from different fields!
Juliano Ng Juliano is a grade 6/7 teacher in the Burnaby School District. Prior to being a grade 6/7 teacher, he was a Learning Support teacher. He loves providing his students with opportunities to be creative and use their strengths and interests to demonstrate their learning. He has been with the Burnaby School District since 2014. Juliano is in his fourth course in the MET program.
Rifa Lalani Rifa is a faculty assistant at York university with a penchant for learning and how people learn. She is excited to discover ways to design content that is meaningful, engaging and memorable. This is her second course in the MET program. She looks forward to gaining hands-on knowledge and collaborating with peers.
Aimee Chung Aimee is a digital arts faculty instructor at BCIT teaching into a 3 different diploma programs: New Media, D3 and Full Stack Web Developer. The courses she teaches require a lot of student collaboration, experiential learning and developing very technically complex and creative term web projects. There’s a lot of learning theories and approaches she is interested in trying and adapt within her classes, and that’s why the MET program is so useful and relevant in providing her with a strong foundation of applicable knowledge and skills in the area of educational learning & technology. This is Aimee's 5th course in the MET program.