Tuesday, January 4, 2011
“Why Don’t Students Like School?” by Daniel T. Willingham had some very important key concepts that teachers could use in their classroom. My concept was in the first chapter. The cognitive principle read “People are naturally curious, but we are not naturally good thinkers; unless the cognitive conditions are right, we will avoid thinking.” As teachers, we need to reconsider how to teach and encourage our students to make learning enjoyable. I need to challenge my students to make them think but make it easy enough that they can solve the problem to give them success to want to do more. Making the problem to easy will not give the students enough challenge and they can become bored or disinterested in their work. Differentiated instruction is very important to reach all students at their ability level. There are more very useful principles in this book that teachers can use in their classrooms. We need to practice these principles to help our students.