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Chapter Three – Beginning with the End in Mind January 23, 2014

Posted by jennienorgaard in ECS 410.
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This chapter talks about how the first question a teacher needs to be able to answer is: What do I want my students to learn? It states, “When teachers and students know where they are going, they are more likely to achieve success.” (p.25) This chapter emphasizes the importance it is for teachers to be able to use a variety of differentiated teaching strategies. Along with being able to use different teaching methods we also have to have different forms of assessment since every student learns in a different way and at their own pace. The main focus of this chapter is on how can we develop a clear description of our learning destination that we want to be able to achieve. It emphasizes the importance it is to ensure that students know what they will be learning, what learning can look like and what the goals the teachers want the students to be able to accomplish in the end (begin with the end in mind).

There will be a wide range of different learning levels in our classrooms, along with cultural backgrounds that teachers need to document throughout the year in order to give every student the same potential to succeed. It is important to establish these things in the beginning of the year so teachers know how they should be teaching, where all their students learning levels are at, and what instructional methods they need to incorporate in their classroom. Two challenges come along with being able to teach your students in a variety of different ways. The first challenge is being able to have a deep understanding of one subject area, in order to provide different instructional methods and in order to help your students learn the material. The second challenge is being able to teach small groups of students within the classroom as opposed to teaching the class as one large group. I believe that being able to teach small groups in the classroom will be more effective than trying to teach a large group all at once. This way all the different learning needs can be met instead of the majority of them, you get to know your students at a better level and your students will be achieving more success when given different opportunities to learn. By teaching students in smaller groups, you will be able to have a discussion with more of your students, and be able to get your point across about what you intend your students to learn and how you are going to assess your students on these things.

I think it is important to keep in mind the quote from the textbook, in order to get a better understanding of beginning with the end in mind. This quote is, “If you don’t know where you are going, every road will get you nowhere.” -Henry Kissinger (p.31)

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