CAT Question 1
Describe your understanding of concrete and abstract concepts in mathematics.
Providing a supportive environment will provide a good foundation for a child. Constructivism is when knowledge is created by participating in learning activities. When a child is actively engaged in an activity but is struggling, providing a supportive role model will make them feel comfortable and at ease. When a child is comfortable in an environment engagement and learning will take place. For a struggling child, providing extra one-on-one time will help along with extra practice work.
Teachers can provide context for very young students who do not have a framework for learning by creating a collaborative problem-solving environment where students will become active participants in their own learning. The teacher acts as a facilitator of learning rather than an instructor, where she makes sure that she understands the students, guides them through the activity, and encourages the students to build on that. The teacher can scaffold where she can adjust the level of her help in response to the learner level of performance. In scaffolding, the teacher can model a skill, provide hints or cures to the child, and provide multiple choices of materials. This is where the teacher will provide materials that are familiar to the students based on their cultural background ow what they like or just what the student chooses.
I think also that getting to know the students on a personal level, meaning, learning about the student learning styles, about their culture, their religion their likes and dislikes, and respecting the students for who they are despite their race, abilities, or social-economic status will also help a great deal in helping them to have a framework for learning.
The skills and academic framework that children are taught at a young age stay with them through life as long as they are repeating them and using them frequently. In a school setting, the students will be frequently be using the same skills over and over. As an educator, we can build on the information the children already know and have been taught. This allows them to take the knowledge they already have and apply it to the new information they already have. Each student learns differently and that is a given, so some approaches may work on one student and not work on another. This is when it is important as an educator to get to know the students individually academically and apply the way they learn to the information we are attempting to teach them with. I do not think that children will slowly become unteachable as they get older if they have issues as they are younger, I do think that it maybe more difficult to get the child to be interested or create a desire to want to learn if they have had no discipline or structure for academics when they were younger. Some children find a way to slip through the crack and sit quietly, not ask questions and do just enough work to skim by but in reality they are not retaining information at that point.