I have to say that this RSS aggregator (spelling?! This blog and my EDUC 6115 class has introduced a whole new language to me that I have to get fluent in and PRONTO!) is about as addicting as Pinterest! As I read through my classmates’ blogs and complete research for my class, I can’t help but add the URLs for the sites I find both informational and eye-catching. I’m spending a lot more time reading and learning, copying and pasting URLs, and digging through the internet for relevant information, which I know will help me in my path to becoming an Instructional Designer in the long run, but right now, it’s keeping me from getting dinner on the table and playing with my kids! Choices, choices…
One site has repeatedly presented itself in the posts of my colleagues this week, and that is the blog of Cathy Moore. I am so glad I jumped on the bandwagon and checked her out! She apparently is a guru on “adult education,” and not in any traditional meaning of that phrase. The slogan below her webpage reads “Let’s save the world from boring training!” She is the Super Woman of educating people by respecting and challenging them as learners. When I found this infographic later in the week, it made me think of Cathy Moore and what I had learned from her site. Blog post after blog post showcases strategies and tools that can be used to engage adult learners, and I have to say I found myself thinking how I could apply what I read to my 2nd graders! In fact, I found this post from 2010 (4 years ago!), yet it points out the research that supports the critically different teaching styles employed by teachers of the Common Core – that helping students learn the strategies of metacognitive thinking creates a more effective, successful learner, more so that engaging them according to their learning style. I only JUST started teaching Common Core last year! I have to say, I, too, am greatly impressed by this woman!
Gutierrez, Karla. (2014, January 9). 10 Super Powers of the World’s Greatest Instructional Designers [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://info.shiftelearning.com/blog/bid/331573/10-Super-Powers-of-the-World-s-Greatest-Instructional-Designer?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+shiftelearningblog+(SHIFT’s+eLearning+Blog)
Moore, Cathy. (2010, September 10). Learning Styles: Worth our Time? [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://blog.cathy-moore.com/2010/09/learning-styles-worth-our-time/