Wednesday, December 11, 2013

PLN 10:

"You'll Never Learn"
Students can't resist multitasking and it's impairing their memory.

By Annie Murphy Paul


Annie Murphy Paul’s “You’ll Never Learn!” informs the reader that students are multitasking now and it is harming their ability to learn.  Paul opens her article with some research done by investigators from California State University, who wrote down a check list of what students did while attending class.  These activities included: e-mail, texting, instant messaging, Facebook, watching Television, and other doings.  Using this, she goes into how students who multitask end up with shallow learning and poorer results than students who give the homework their full attention.  Paul correspondingly uses scientific research to support her article saying that tasks such as doing Facebook and homework is very demanding and both activities use the same area of the brain.  Paul also documented negative outcomes from multitasking such as: assignments take longer to complete, the mental fatigue leads to more mistakes, memory will be impaired, and grades are affected negatively.  This article expresses that students are being affected deleteriously through the use of modern technology at their disposal.

Summary Response:

               Annie Murphy Paul’s “You’ll Never Learn!” elucidates how students are multitasking more and this is affecting their grades and education.  A student’s grades are affected by effort.  If a student multitasks, then according to the article, “their learning is far spottier and shallower than if the work had their full attention.”  So if a student wants to improve their grade, they should focus more stalwartly on their homework.  Student’s education is affected by the mental strain of multitasking since “memory of what they’re working on will be impaired…research has suggested that when we’re distracted, our brains actually process and store information in different, less useful ways…media multitasking while learning is negatively associated with students’ grades.”  So multitasking while learning supports theories about how students’ grades and education can be negatively affected. Paul’s “You’ll Never Learn!” presents evidence that students are multitasking more, and that this multitasking is detrimental to learning.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

PLN 8 Redo:


Ron Clark’s “What Teachers Really Want to tell Parents” describes how teachers are feeling threatened as parents’ protectiveness of their kids grow.  Clark states a starling fact that the average educator teaches only 4.5 years, and many of them say that dealing with parents is one reason they quit.  As a teacher himself, Clark lists ten things teachers want parents to know.  The list includes: teachers are educators, not nannies, trust the teachers, and stop making excuses for the child so they can learn to be successful.  The next set of things He also wants the parents to help the teacher instead of prosecuting them, do not complain about bad grades because the teachers that give low grades often are the better teachers, teachers and staff are living of fear of what the parents could do to them, and teachers want the parents to deal with negative situations in a professional manner. Clark is trying to raise parental awareness about teachers becoming more threatened due to parents’ protectiveness and Clark wants parents to change their behavior.

Summary Response:

Ron Clark’s “What Teachers Really Want to tell Parents” explains that parents are becoming too over protective of their child and teachers are feeling threatened by the parents, which is extremely bad because it affects kids’ education.  In the article, Clark gives an example of a child that was cheating on a test, and the parents claimed the teacher was labeling the child as a criminal.  Clark writes “…principals all across the country are telling me that more and more lawyers are accompanying parents for school meetings dealing with their children.”  This shows that parents are looking for better grades but when a child is accused of getting a bad grade in a class, they blame the teacher even if the grade was appropriate.  Another example Clark cited was when a teacher tried to help get a red mark off the side of a student’s face, but it was still there when he got home.  The parents called the media, and the teacher lost her job for something so trivial.  Just think, if a teacher could get his or her life ruined from something so trivial, then could they be fired for any reason?  Clark is also a teacher and suggests parents are immature, and tells them to deal with this in a professional manner and not just jump to conclusions.  Teachers are being threatened so much due to parents over protectiveness of their child that mean good teachers are quitting.  This trend threatens the quality of education.  As time goes on, teachers are becoming more and more threatened by parents due to parents’ over protectiveness.