Friday, July 14, 2006

This is NOT Education as Usual

What are qualities of good teachers? What are qualities of good students? What expectations do you have of this class? What expectations do you have of me as your teacher?

What does it mean to have a professional learning environment? What does it mean to be a producer of information versus a consumer of information?


Blogger joshb said...

As a producer of information, you think of information while others consume that information. However consumers just sit back and let others do the thinking. I prefer to be a producer.

Thu Aug 17, 12:42:00 PM  
Blogger Danielh said...

Good teacher help their students and know everything about what they're teaching.

Thu Aug 17, 02:47:00 PM  
Blogger Madisonm said...

I think having a professional learning enviornment means that the enviornment that you are allowed to work in is set in a way that doesnt make you feel "childish". It is one that allows you to feel like you have some freedoms while at the same time, is an area where you are expected to act and work maturly and in a professional matter.

Thu Aug 17, 03:12:00 PM  
Blogger KathrynT said...

Good teachers and students communicate well and understand each other. Good students work hard and participate just as much as good teachers do. Both must do their part to learn from each other and to create a "professional learning enviroment." In such, the students nor the teacher can be lazy or negative. Participation and a positive attitude are key.

Thu Aug 17, 03:23:00 PM  
Blogger Christa S said...

I think that everyone is a consumer of information as well as a producer. Everyone has something to offer or knows something that they can share with others. We as students are consumers of information when we learn form our teachers, but when we share our thoughts or ideas in class, we produce and distribute information.

Thu Aug 17, 03:28:00 PM  
Blogger Shelby B. said...

Madisonm I agree with you about what a professional learning enviornment means, I would also add that it is a enviornment that no matter what age you are, you are treated the same as older more educated professionals are treated.

To be a producer of information means that you are the one doing research and learning about a certain topic, but then also being able to share the information in a way someone else can understand. As where a consumer may just listen to the information given or could even do the research, but won't or just doesn't feel like sharing the information.

Thu Aug 17, 03:40:00 PM  
Blogger kjerstinL said...

Everyone can be a consumer at times, just watching information flying into their face without necessarily comprehending the ideas. A producer is someone who can hear the information and make connections from one thing to another. A producer will ask questions like "what if...?" or "how come...?" A producer is the one who gets the ideas and shares them, the one who is a leader in the group.

Thu Aug 17, 03:42:00 PM  
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Thu Aug 17, 04:02:00 PM  
Blogger sarahc said...

I agree with you shelbyb about what a producer is, but i think that being a producer also mean that you are branching out into new areas and discovering new things, not just studying topics that are already discovered by others.

Thu Aug 17, 04:04:00 PM  
Blogger MichelleP said...

I personally agree with christas. everyone is a producer of information as well as a consumer. As students we use information that is given to us, such as how to spell, different math equations, the Dewy decimal system. In the process of learning these and many other things, we are consumers of information.

We are also producers of information. Every time we come up with a new idea, or even write a paper for a class, we are creating information. Even through this blogging we are creating information.

So we, as humans, can be either producers or consumers of information. We consume information by learning, which is why we go to school. We also produce information by being creative and thinking "outside the box" when writing a report.

On a different note, I believe that a professional learning environment is more mature than others. For instance, we don't have nap time (as much as we may want it) and we don't have show and tell. In a professional environment, one acts mature. It's more set up like a buisness. Thanks for reading this!


Thu Aug 17, 04:15:00 PM  
Blogger EmilyL said...

I agree with Kathrynt that good teachers and students work together to form a "professional learninig enviroment." In such an enviroment students and teachers are consumers and producers of information as the both learn from the other.

Thu Aug 17, 04:17:00 PM  
Blogger tomr said...

I think that producers are the people who create the ideas, who make the news, who set things into motion.

Consumers give meaning to the products. (If there was no one around to hear my extremely wonderful opinions [and I have so many], then what would be the point?) They in turn spread the products round, becoming producers in their own right. It's a symbiotic relationship.

Thu Aug 17, 04:26:00 PM  
Blogger AnnaD said...

To me, the most important quality in a good teacher is understanding. A teacher can't truly reach out to a student unless he or she is able to connect with and understand the student's learning methods. If a teacher can truly know how a student learns, then he or she can surely teach that student.

Good students are persistent. They understand what they need to do, and they consistently do it. And, in times where they don't understand a concept, they are persistent in their trying to understand it.

With the "professional learning environment" we, as students, are allowed the privilege of being treated more maturely than we have before, but under the condition that we act mature enough for this given respect. I personally think that it is a nice relief from the strict, "no leeway" classes of middle school.

The debate between being a "consumer" of information versus being a "producer" of information is a bit like history. There are the people who watch history happen, or "consume" it. There are also the people who "produce" history by actually contributing to it. So, the difference between "consumers" and "producers" is that consumers understand the information, while producers not only understand the information, they use it too!

Thu Aug 17, 04:43:00 PM  
Blogger Maddyg said...

I personally think that producers and consumers of information are equally important, unlike joshb. Its one thing to have ideas or information, but how can they make a difference if no one is there to hear them and be somehow influenced by them.

When I think of professional, I think of having a job and being treated as an employee with a salary. So a professional learning environment would be a place where the students are treated like adults who have responsibilities and consequences.

Thu Aug 17, 04:50:00 PM  
Blogger paigen said...

A producer of information is someone like a teacher. Someone who teaches (produces) new information for others to learn (consume). These others who learn this information are students or consumers of information.

Thu Aug 17, 04:57:00 PM  
Blogger declanH said...

A producer of information can be anyone that informs others of anything. Anyone being informed by the producer would be the consumer of information.

Thu Aug 17, 05:03:00 PM  
Blogger HannahJ said...

Qualities of good teachers are:

•being understanding of students
•being able to talk intelligently
•can also listen
•has a good sense of humor
•can give reasonable but challenging homework

Qualities of good students are:

•being inquisitive

Having a professional learning environment means that people aren't always goofing off and everyone stays on task. Also, the teacher keeps the class under control and educates the class in a professional way.

A producer of information is most often the teacher of the class. They have a specific curriculum that they follow and they'll also use teaching methods of their own.
A consumer of information is most often the students of the classroom because we learn new things from the teacher to use later in life. These roles can sometimes and are switched as the students educate the teachers with experiences of their own.

Thu Aug 17, 05:09:00 PM  
Blogger elyseh said...

I agree with christa s, that everyone is both, if we want to be. Producers tell what they know and consumers take in what others have said. Without both you won't end up learning anything. You have to be able to have your own opinions, and also think about what others tell you.

Thu Aug 17, 05:33:00 PM  
Blogger Kennad said...

A professional learning environment is organized. It means that everyone can stay on task. I don't think the teacher is always the "producer of information", students can be too. Annad you are brilliant, that's what I was going to say. Producers contribute, consumers take. But it all becomes a nice cycle when a consumer learns something new, and then produces it elsewhere. It causes a big happy production/consumption world where you learn and teach something new everyday.

Thu Aug 17, 05:39:00 PM  
Blogger Alee A said...

I agree with michellep when she said that a professional learning environment is one in which those in it are more mature. I would also like to add, however, that such an environment is one in which the students learn topics that will help them in their future career(s). The environment deals with "the real world" and what will be expected of us once we get there. We can still have fun in this kind of environment, but it is one that will have more of an effect on the information we learn and how we will use it in our futures.

I basically agree with what everyone said about producers and consumers. Everyone is both, depending on the situation, and they work together like a team. We are all capable of producing something, or creating it and putting it out into the world for others to read and branch out their own opinions. Producing something can be totally original or based off something else that someone has produced, such as this blog. Often times, we can be producers after being consumers, or taking in other peoples' work. Consumers digest what others have come up with, often times making themselves producers as well. When you think about it, the difference between a producer and consumer is not that large, due to them having a cause-and-effect sort of relationship.

Thu Aug 17, 05:51:00 PM  
Blogger phillips said...

I think a producer Creates and spreads informatio, while a consumer, not necessarily a bad thing, takes in this information until they know enough to be a producer

Thu Aug 17, 05:51:00 PM  
Blogger TyC said...

Someone who provides information for those around them so that others may learn would be considered a producer. Producers make the people around them more knowledgeable. Consumers are the people who take in the information that they hear from the people around them.

Thu Aug 17, 06:10:00 PM  
Blogger maria k said...

A producer is one of those "make it happen" people while consumers are more like the "watch it happen" people. Both types are really important to have to make up a working professional enviroment. I agree with maddyg and I think a professional learning enviroment has to be made with responsibility, but the end result can be an amazing place to learn in.

Thu Aug 17, 06:39:00 PM  
Blogger Aylar said...

A good techer is some to realates to the students. If the teacher doesn't understand the student how can a student be expected to understand the teacher.

A good student will always try their hardest and work to achieve excellence.

A profesional learing envirorment means that we are beginning to be treated as young adults. With this freedom comes much expectation. we are required to work harder, learn quicker, and do our work even when we don't want too.
The differnce between a producer and a consumer is that a prducer DOES and action and a consumer USES that action.

Thu Aug 17, 06:40:00 PM  
Blogger erinl said...

Producer is someone that comes up with their own ideas and shares them with anyone who will listen. Consumers are simply people who listen to others ideas and takes in the ideas that they have heard and expand from them. We are all producers and consumers and neither one of them are bad.

Thu Aug 17, 06:43:00 PM  
Blogger AnNaW said...

I agrre with both emilyl and katherinet, and any others whom I am forgetting to mention.

Teachers are producers because, well, they teach the students knowledge. The students then consume it(well, not all students, but the good students). They are also consumers, if they choose, because they can learn from the different opinions of the students and the ways students in general like to learn.

Students are consumers because they take in the information(again, their choice)produces by the teachers. Also, students are producers becaus they contribute to the class and topic.

Basically, I believe that good students and a good teacher can really be both consumers and producers, but that does involve actually trying on both sides. So on behalf of all of the people in this class who want to have fun and learn a lot, please try your hardest, guys(girls too, but I'm referring to the general "guys").

Thu Aug 17, 06:45:00 PM  
Blogger JessicaB said...

Professional learning environments have been described in certain comments as a well organized level of maturity;however, I believe that there are many forms of professional learning environments depending on the student and his/her goals and needs.

For some the most effective way to learn is a well mannered classroom where teachers talk and students listen. They enjoy knowing whos boss, the teacher or the students.

Others, including me, would much rather have a fun interactive class period. I tend to do better and accomplish more in a certain class when I am apart of it and don't just listen to the teacher ramble on. My learning style is very different.

A professional learning environment doesn't necessarily need to be a strict, "no talking" class. Classrooms can be informative, yet, a fun way to learn and grow mentally and socially.

Now, I do understand that some kids cannot cooperate and be respectable to have a fun learning environment;therefore, the proper learning style should be approached for them.

Thu Aug 17, 07:14:00 PM  
Blogger Zachf said...

A producer of information will generally have the information and distribute it to others.
A consumer of information will be more of a listener, that will allow them to learn the information given by the producers.
I believe people have the capability to be both consumers and producers. A person may know a subject very well and be able to disttribute their knowledge. However, they may not know much about another subject, so in that case they will become consumers.

Thu Aug 17, 07:17:00 PM  
Blogger JessicaB said...

The differences between producers and consumers is very simple.

A producer is someone who takes initiative. They are the ones who use their knowledge and creativity to make new ideas and products. Without producers there wouldn't be anyone to make our world the way it is. If Thomas Eddison and Benjamin Franklin wasn't a producer and made things happen we may still be without electricity and light.

Consumers are the ones who use the products and ideas that others invented or created. They basically sit around and wait for new things to come along, for someone to do it for them. Its not always bad to be a consumer. It just depends on if you use your "producer" side once you have consumed.

Going back to the Bejamin Franklin and Thomas Eddison thing; Without both of these men we wouldn't have the light systems that we have now. Without Benjamin Franklin electricity wouldn't have even been discovered. Thomas Eddison had to be a consumer and take in the information of Franklin's discovery and facts before he could produce his own addition to it all, the lightbulb.

Thu Aug 17, 07:26:00 PM  
Blogger alexm said...

Good teachers are people who will help you learn, not just throw things at you.

A good student is one accepts and challenges the rules all at once.

A prfessional learning environment is one that exceeds the needs of the consumers (teacher and student). In this environment, it is easy and fun to learn, with no setbacks.

I agree with phillips, in that the producer of info will take and spread the information, while consumers absorb the knowledge, until they have enough to become a producer. Its like a never ending cycle, the producers are consumers, and vice versa.

Thu Aug 17, 07:44:00 PM  
Blogger Laurab said...

I think that acting as a producer of information is sharing ideas and thoughts for others to learn from. When somebody acts as a consumer of information, they listen to others to learn information. Just like a food consumer eats food to gather nutrients, a information consumer gathers information in order to expand their mind and is better acquainted with the world around them. Sometimes, people are both consumers and producers of information. They will throw out ideas to others and also pick up thoughts from them. These types of people are some of the best set to thrive in the world.

Thu Aug 17, 07:55:00 PM  
Blogger TanaL said...

I agree with Christa that we are both a consumer and a producer because we take in the information or consume what we have learned that day and what the teacher has taught us but yet we are also producers. We all generate new ideas, discuss things as a class and contribute our thoughts and ideas.

I think a good student should be a good listener during class and should complete every assignment whether it is homework, a project, or something we worked on in class.

Also i think a good teacher should know what they are talking or teaching about and they should have high expectations of the class but they should be reasonable.

Thu Aug 17, 08:04:00 PM  
Blogger sarahc said...

I think that to be a producer of information, we have to be a consumer of information, simialar to what tanal said. No one can be a producer of information without first consuming information that will be a base for their thinking. A great thinker not only thinks, but they listen to others. As we listen to others' ideas, we may change the information that we produce.

A professional learning environment should be organized, yet fun. To be a learning environment, it has to be organized or nothing will get done. On the other hand, no one will learn if the environment does not stimulate them. stimulation comes best from fun, especially when controlled.

In a teacher, I expect a listener; one who is open to new ideas, and one who can admit they have made a mistake. Good teachers allow themselves to be questioned, and treat students as adults. Teachers who beleive that their way is the only right way, hinder a student's ability to think.

Thu Aug 17, 08:19:00 PM  
Blogger hannahs said...

A professional learning environment means that everyone tolerates each other and focuses on the task at hand. Although we might not all like each other, we need to put that aside to achieve a professional learning environment. Also, we need to be open to other ideas than our own and try to learn from our peers as well as our teachers.

A producer of information is a person who provides the material that we need to learn. A consumer is someone who takes in information. However, as a consumer, that person has the choice of whether or not they take that information and use it to their benefit.

Thu Aug 17, 08:29:00 PM  
Blogger chelseah said...

I think a professional learning environment is one where everyone is treated like an equal. Also, you are treated like a professional, so with that comes specific responsibilities that one must meet. I also agree with what hannahs said about being open to others ideas and learning from our peers, but at the same time I think you need to build off of your own ideas too.

A producer is one who gives/makes something. For example: information, a product, etc. A consumer is the one who takes that information and uses it to expand their knowledge or build off of their idea. I think that we are all producers and consumers at different points.

Thu Aug 17, 08:42:00 PM  
Blogger shaunam said...

Good teachers should be approchable and easy to talk to. As sarahc said, they should be willing to admit to their mistakes. Teachers should treat the student as an equal and listen to them and try to explain everything as clearly as possible.

A student should respect the teacher at all times and complete whatever needs to be done. They should not procrastinate and have all the needed supplies and be on time. They should also be organized and willing to learn. With the will to learn, everything becomes easier and more enjoyable.

I expect the class to be fun and challenging. But it should be just the right amount of challenge so that there is not too much pressure nor too little. I expect to learn many things and expect my writing and reading abilities to grow.

To have a professional learning environment, everything should be organized and in order. With a messy environment usually comes with unorganized students as well. However, the environment should send out "positive" and "fun" vibes to the students. This should make the students think more and keep them focused.

To be a producer, we must be a consumer first, (similar to sarahc and tanal). By consuming information we create a base for our thoughts and ideas. We may not agree on everything we consume, but then again, that gives us the chance to produce information using both pros and cons.

Thu Aug 17, 09:03:00 PM  
Blogger connord said...

Good teachers explain everything and dont just say it. They also talk to you and not just at you. They are fair to everyone and push you but have reasonable expectations.They answer questions well and actually know what they are talking about. Good students come prepared and are on time. they take notes and study for tests and pay attention. they do their homework to. A good class helps each other and doesnt get to far off subject. A good class has fun. I want this class to actually be fun and i want the teacher to be able to talk to me and help me with the work. A professional learning environment usually is a place that doesnt have distractions that can take your focus away from the work. In a pro. learning envirnment everyone wants to learn. A consumer of information istaking in and learning things and a producer informs the consumer of the information.

Thu Aug 17, 09:04:00 PM  
Blogger lauraf said...

I agree with what chelseah said about the professional learning environment. One of the big responsibilities one must meet is to be involved with what is going on in the class and to participate. Therefore, in order to be successful in a professional learning environment, one must be a producer, giving feed back and new ideas to the discussions, not a consumer who just sits in class listening to others' opinions.

Thu Aug 17, 09:07:00 PM  
Blogger Emilya said...

Qualties of great teachers include being open to new ideas and taking them in, being coonsiderate of the students, keeping the students attention by some humor and well balanced.
Students should be well organized, very responsible, cooperative and ready to learn!
In this class im expecting to become a better writer and learn many new concepts to writing.
To have a professional learning environment is to have a prepared teacher and students who are cooperative and strive to learn.

Thu Aug 17, 09:12:00 PM  
Blogger ADRIANA G said...

I too agree that consumers have an important position, however, consumers and prducers of information are slightly different from the two types of people we discussed at orientation. At a sports event, most of the work is done by the players. Although the fans do contribute a lot, they are more off to the side and less important than consumers of information. Information consumers are expected to give feedback. New ideas are not created by one person. A theory is developed and elaborated upon by multiple people. Producers and consumers need to communicate both ways to be productive. A classroom should work the same way. A good teacher does not only give information to students, but listens to their reactions. A good student has to do more than listen. He or she has to play an active roll in their education. No environment can function smoothly and efficiently when some people are participating solely as consumers or producers.

Thu Aug 17, 09:14:00 PM  
Blogger endsleye said...

I think a professional learning environment is one where the students are treated with respect and are trusted with responsibilites of an adult.

A producer of information is a student/teacher who share ideas of what is being taught but also use the information to expand their knowledge on the subject. The consumer is the one that learns the material but never gains anything from it because they show no interest to learn and make no effort to particpate. The consumer can also be the one that is expanding their knowledge on the subject and gains a lot from the lesson but never shares any ideas on the matter.

Thu Aug 17, 09:19:00 PM  
Blogger saram said...

lauraf said that in order to be successful in a professional learning environment, that you should be a producer of new ideas and not a consumer who listens to what others have to say. I disagree with that. At some point or another everyone will be a consumer AND a producer. If everyone was a producer, then you could not bulid off what others have to say. Sometimes you have to sit back and consume the opinions of others. But, on the other hand, you have to contribute to the discussion and participate. So both a consumer and a priducer are necassary for a good discussion to take place in a professional learning environment.

Thu Aug 17, 09:27:00 PM  
Blogger JoanneH said...

People entering a professional learning environment are the ones to create that environment. They create it by coming ready and eager to aquire knowledge. They also come with an openness to learn from the scholars around them.
In a professional learning environment, the people offer knowledge and opinions in exchage for the same. A good scholar gives as well as takes information, but he or she also balances the amount given and the amount taken. It would be harmful to the learning environment if any one did not offer as much as he or she took.

Thu Aug 17, 09:29:00 PM  
Blogger briang said...

A producer is someone who gives out imformation, while a consumer is one that takes in that imformation given by the producer.I agree with Sara, if everyone were a producer there would be a less professional learning environment. We all need to be both consumer and producer so that not only can we give out our own opinions and ideas, but to take in others so we can improve and expand on our own. In this way, if everyone were both consumer and producer, you would have a professional learning environment. Professional learning environments need everyone cooperating, everyone being on task, and everything being productive. It needs fun and different teaching methods though as well. Everyone, including the teacher, needs to be comsumer and producer in order to get the most out of this class.

Thu Aug 17, 09:45:00 PM  
Blogger BenH said...

I think one of the most important qualities of a good teacher is that the teacher has to care about teaching. They have to be commited to doing their job, otherwise they will not do it well. Also, teachers should be knowledgeable about the subject material that they are teaching. It is hard, if not impossible, for a teacher to teach things that they do not know.

It is also important for students to care about learning. Humans in general do not do things with as much passion if they do not want to do them. To properly reatain information, students should be attentive, quiet, and diligent in their studies.

I expect the class to be very educational and a lot of fun. Everyone I have asked has said that it will be, and i trust most of them. I also expect that the laptops will be a lot of fun, and a great way to learn more in depth material about what we are studying.

As a teacher, I expect you to be energetic and know the subject matter well. I also expect you will make the class a lot of fun, and the laptops will run smoothly because you have a good grasp of technology.

Mutual respect is an integral part of a proffesional learning environment. Equal participation, appropriate material, and whiteish walls also contribute to a proffesional learning environment. The most important element is that all memebers of the group working to create the environment conduct themselves with dignity and honor.

Producers of information extract information from situation. Nature is the true producer, but humans are necessary to extract it. For example, a producer of information may point out that trees have never been known to solicit candy to small children. Consumers of information collect this information, and often put it to use. A consumer of information might decide that because of the aforementioned fact, trees would not make a good workforce for his candy company. I agree with adriana g in the sense that it is preferable to have people that function both as consumers and producers. People that are only one or, even worse, neither can often cause problems when information is shared rapidly, large amounts of information are exchanged, or both.

Thu Aug 17, 09:49:00 PM  
Blogger Lane C. said...

A professional learning environment is important in any class, but especially in an honors environment. This envitonment needs a lot of respect from and for every member of the class including the teacher. Each participant should have a mind that is ready to accept new ideas but is also passionate about their position. This makes the classroom more like real life where people discuss their ideas not only write about them.
My expectation is that this class will be challenging and fun at the same time and will help me to develop my ideas and philosophies on life through discussion. I hope that my teacher and fellow students will be open and willing to learn and accept new ideas as well as make some mistakes.
The students in the class will largely consist of what are considered to be producers of information. These students will have the desire to challenge the system and create new ideas as well as adapt older ones.
This differs from other students because those who choose to pursue an average English class are more likely to be consumers of information. These are the students who are more likely to sit back and have facts pushed into their heads as apposed to thinking for themselves. (I mean no offense to non honors students.) I think that both groups play an important part not only in the education system but in life as well. I also agree that most of us are both of those though at different points. This should produce a wonderful learning environment where both types of students can flourish.

Thu Aug 17, 09:59:00 PM  
Blogger kim c said...

There are many things that contribute to a good classroom.

First of all there has to be a good teacher. Without someone experienced, the whole class would fall apart. Also a good teacher wants to be a part of the class, and wants to helps students to reach for their goals. ALso a good teacher will learn through out the course of his or her class, by what the students liked, responded well to, and also what the students had most troubles with.

The next part of a successful class is the students. A good student must be ready to learn every day,and be ready for the hardships of a honors class, but also for the rewards. A good student will also challenge themselves to the limit of their ability when they are helping their teacher with a new assignment the teacher hasn't tried before.

A good class also has a good professional enviornment for working. This helps the students as well as the teachers to concentrate on the overall goals for the classroom. If all are trying their hardest, and refraining from to much excess talk about an already heavily discussed topic than less time will be wasted. Also if the teachers and stundents respect eachother than the class does overall, better.

FInally in a class there should be both producers and consumers of information. Without one the other seems useless. A good class is being both a producer and a consumer at times making it a wonderful learning experience.

Thu Aug 17, 10:41:00 PM  
Blogger lindseyc said...

I think to have a professional learning environment, the teacher should provide a certain amount of leniency while still having an even balance of rules to ensure that the students feel they are respected enough to be treated as adults and not children.

I believe the difference between producers and consumers is that the producers are the leaders. They take control of the group and guide it with the ideas that they are telling or showing the other people, while the consumers just sit back not contributing. They may be listening, but if you’re just listening to an idea and not really thinking about what it may develop into, then they won’t be able to help the group by adding to the discussion and thought process.

Thu Aug 17, 11:22:00 PM  
Blogger EmilyH said...

Are you a producer of information or a consumer? I beleive that is a great question to ask any student. It sets the stage for their attitude about how far they will take their education. So whats the difference? A producer of information is, to use the words in the assembly, someone who gets things done. Someone who creates new ideas, and digs deeper into questions.
A consumer then would be the opposite, someone who takes in the new information. A consumer would not dig deeper into the information, just take it as its surface idea and acept it.
There is so much knowledge in the world right now that it is hard to dig deeper, to get to the new ideas, but we can do it. Lets be producers instead of consumers. (they make more money anyway) :)

Fri Aug 18, 05:38:00 AM  
Blogger Rileys said...

Well, this was a pain to create cause my computers lame, luckily the libraries computers work very well.
o well

Fri Aug 18, 08:08:00 AM  
Blogger Rileys said...

oh yeah,
to me a producer works, like in a job for someone and than is able to obtain the rewards such as a paycheck and therefore has a succeful life. While a consumer would benefit from the work that the producer put out for his job. Though they are very different, most people are consumer's and producer's for most people have jobs that pay where they have to produce a product while they also purchase objects created from other producer's therefore becoming consumers as well.

Fri Aug 18, 08:15:00 AM  
Blogger karib said...

I think a professional learning environment is one in which students can learn without unnecessary distractions but still have a good time. As for producers and consumers, I think good students are both. They can digest information that's given to them and also draw their own conclusions from that material. I think the most important quality for a teacher is to love to teach, and students need to love to learn. For learning to occour, both of these things are needed.

Sat Aug 19, 04:58:00 PM  
Blogger BenH said...

One theme that seems to be emerging here (at least in my perception) is that of balance. Such as how lindseyc says that there should be leniency and rules, and how alexm says "a good student is one accepts and challenges the rules all at once." Also, many people have said that humans should be both producers and consumers of information. I strongly beleive that balance is one of the most important principles to live my life by. In my opinion, extremism in any direction is one of the most dangerous things in the world. And I am glad to see that many people agree with me that balance is important.

Sat Aug 19, 08:03:00 PM  
Blogger BenH said...

I strongly agree with sarahc when she says "A great thinker not only thinks, but they listen to others. As we listen to others' ideas, we may change the information that we produce." I think being able to refine your ideas based on new information into what is the best idea for the new environment is extremely valuable. Adapdability is hugely critical in the real world, especially in high stress environments that rapidly change. This can be anywhere from a corporate office to a battlefield. Both involve large amounts of information that has to be consumed, and both require information to be produced. But the environment is constantly changing, and so must your thinking. Some people admire sticking to your original position despite the new information. They call it resoluteness, or sticking to the course. In my opinion, it is stubornness.

Sat Aug 19, 08:45:00 PM  
Blogger ADRIANA G said...

I think kim c's comment was very well put when she said that teachers have to learn and be a part of the class. There are some teachers who do the same thing year after year, which is not always a bad thing. However, sometimes this routine gets in the way of learning. Some teachers will teach the same way every year regardless of what their students are like. Teaching strategies have to be different for different people. Every year should hold new discoveries and a new experience for a teacher. Students will learn even better when the teacher is learning too.

Sun Aug 20, 11:28:00 AM  
Blogger tomr said...

I very much agree with Adriana G. All too often do schools try to adapt students to curricula, when it really should be the other way around. Students all have a unique way of learning. It is very important for teachers to accomodate these differences to the best of their ability.

Sun Aug 20, 08:27:00 PM  
Blogger BenH said...

I agree with adriana g as well. I think her point is similar to mine about having to adapt to a changing situation.

Mon Aug 21, 03:31:00 PM  
Blogger HUH? said...

A good teacher delivers straight direct and most important of all understandable information to the student. Every student perceives information differently. I don't quite believe one teacher in the world would engage the whole world in his or hers teaching. If the student understands, then the teacher is a great teacher.

Being professional means not involving your own personal feelings, or personal life in the work area. A professional learning environment is just the same. The student is engaged and is swamped with ideas and questions in his or her head. I believe a professional learning environment will be the most beneficial to the student's learning. It also doesn't hurt to have fun once in a while too.

Tue Aug 22, 01:13:00 PM  
Blogger paigen said...

Having a professional learning environment means that every student should treat class like a job. They should follow the rules, and turn assignments in on time. They also keep an open mind and wait for their turn.

Wed Aug 23, 05:22:00 PM  
Blogger sarahc said...

I agree with paigen. Also, a professional learning environment should be a place where students feel free to bounce ideas off each others' heads without feeling like they will e criticized.

Wed Aug 23, 10:00:00 PM  
Blogger KathrynT said...

To build off of this idea, I have another question; based on how class has gone, how could we improve our learning environment? Is class meeting your expectations? If you were to answer the questions on this post now, would your answers be any different and how so?

Wed Sep 06, 11:35:00 PM  

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