Lesson planning identifies a course of action that can effectively help learners reach their goals and objectives. It also communicates to learners what they will learn and how their goals will be assessed as well as helping the instructor organize content, materials, manage time and assistance in the classroom. During the research of this assignment, I have found several tools that will help improve my classroom delivery.
While all three domains of Bloom’s Taxonomy can be applied to learning, I personally identify with the Affective Domain as emotions play a critical role in how I learn as well as how I teach. In the College Quarterly article titled The Affective Domain: Undiscovered Country (2007 – Volume 10 Number 4) the authors Eleanor Pierre & John Oughton argue that the affective domain is the most-overlooked of the three domains identified by Bloom and that it is the gateway to learning. I chose this article because of my belief that if students are emotionally engaged, they simply learn better.
Creating a Positive Learning Environment
Since the students in my class are required to attend, it is important that I create a positive learning environment in order to achieve the desired results. An article by Robert Bullock called Design Effective Training: Features of a Positive Learning Environment (2012) outlines the features of a positive learning environment. He stresses the importance of identifying learning outcomes and clarifies the training objectives where meaningful content that mirrors the work environment is used. By using those same methods in my class, the students feel better prepared once they leave training and start working in a ‘live’ environment.
One of the key roles the front line employees play in our company is to uncover the financial needs of our members, it is therefore a must that I motivate and challenge each student to use their critical thinking and ask the right questions to uncover those needs. In the ARCS model of motivational design article by Poulsen, Lam, Cisneros & Trust (2008). It is suggested that role plays and/or hands on experience will greatly help students develop a component called Inquiry Arousal where questions are asked to get students to do critical thinking and brainstorming.
I use media daily in my classroom, it is a great tool to educate my students on a variety of topics from our company’s community involvement (Via our Facebook Page) to the perils of money laundering (Using our LMS system), I will also use YouTube videos to show a humorous video clip when I feel this will benefit and re-energize the class. Daniel Writer discusses how social media outlets are among the fastest ways of finding information that might be of great value for all students in his article titled The Role of Social Media in Education Life (2010).
When planning a lesson, objectives are critical in many ways, in my class for example, I will state that by the end of a day, students will know how to post banking transactions, leave member comments and balance. They understand what is expected and what the goal is. Wendy Cown’s (2004) Focus on the Student: How to Use Learning Objectives to Improve Learning article states that learning objectives puts the focus on the student and learning. It is also mentioned that you should describe at least three ways that learning objectives can help your students understand the intended learning outcomes.
Pierre, E., & Oughton, J. (2007) The Affective Domain: Undiscovered Country. College Quarterly, Seneca Centennial College.
Bullock, R. (2012) Design Effective Training: Features of a Positive Learning Environment. http://Scontrino-Powell.com
Poulsen, A., Lam, K., Cisneros, S., & Trust, T. (2008) EDTEC 544 ARCS Model of Motivational Design. http://torreytrust.com
Writer, D. (2010) The Role of Social Media in Education Life. http://rinf.com
Cown, W. (2004) Focus on the Student: How to Use Learning Objectives to Improve Learning. http://boxesandarrows.com