Carousel Activity – Rick Wormeli – Redo

I really enjoyed the Rick Wormeli videos we viewed in the carousel activity. Each of the videos held valuable information that all teachers could benefit from hearing. It felt as if many of the points he would make in his videos should just be common sense to all teachers, but often teachers instruct in the exact opposite to how we should be teaching due to a number of reasons (teachers feeling overworked, repetition of behaviours/teaching styles we were taught, etc.). In his video on students I felt he hit a number of key points, which resonated with me.

Rick talked about how often teachers see themselves above students, expecting students to go “50/50” with them, and teachers not agreeing to spoon feed students. On major point I got out of this is that as teachers we must realize that we must be the adult in the situation. This may seem like an obvious point to make, however I feel that often teachers get caught up in certain situations and forget that their pupils are still teenagers. The problem with being the adult in the situation is that you will have to take the responsibility in many situations. You will have to help certain students to success by placing a number of supports at their disposal. This will mean that you may have to give more than the “50/50” (as stated above), or “spoon feed” your students by giving them additional supports needed for them to succeed (allowing them a redo/extended due date). I feel that many of these things are just responsibilities of teaching that we often forget about as we progress further into the profession.

 

The second point I wanted to make it that it is our responsibility as teachers to make  the content compelling. Rick gives the example of the student who says/thinks, “I don’t care about school and I don’t care if I get an F”. He indicates that this type of student should not be in charge of their learning, which seemed very obvious to me after he said it, however those are often the students that we overlook. As the responsible adult we must intervene and save the student from themselves. We must utilize strategies that ensure that the student is not allowed to give up. One of these strategies is to  make the content captivating so that we don’t allow that student to give up. This can be difficult and much more work, however it is one small price that we must pay in order to become master teachers.

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One thought on “Carousel Activity – Rick Wormeli – Redo

  1. I absolutely agree with what you’ve said here about how as teachers we must be the adults in the classroom and take on a larger share of the workload when necessary. His videos were all incredibly engaging, and I found some of the things that he said to be completely mind blowing in a simple way. He also discussed how in other situations we allow professionals to redo their tests in their chosen profession as many times as it takes in order for them to pass. I had never considered how ridiculous it is that we allow doctors and lawyers to redo their professional exams as many times as it takes, but we don’t allow students to do the same. This is definitely something that has changed my perspective on the importance of redos. In connection with this he also discussed how this will help the students to reach the full expected level of understanding as required by the course content, and how it isn’t right for us to allow the student to decide that they don’t want to learn any more of it. There was one clip in the Rick Wormeli Redo video that I’m pretty sure my group listened to about 5 times on a loop, it occurred in the last minute of the video, and he said “the consequence in my classroom of not doing your work is DOING YOUR WORK.” I absolutely loved this idea, and it will be something that I have already decided will be a general expectation in my classroom. As I prepare for internship in the fall, I look forward to viewing a few more of his videos in order to decide exactly how I would like to present my teaching philosophy for my students.

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