by Caitlin Farrell
According to the Mindshift article written by Danny Wagner, when an individual is shown appreciation, this leads to an increased feeling of social importance. These individuals are also more likely to show their peers appreciation, similar to a “pay it forward” way of thinking. Mindshift has selected four digital tools to assist teachers and students in achieving higher self-worth and a supportive learning environment.
The first of these digital tools is “This I Believe”. This is a site which allows users to write, share and discuss beliefs and self-reflection with others. This helps students strengthen their own personal ideas. Although this website seems very positive, it wouldn’t be practical for an early childhood environment.
The second tool presented in the article is “DIY”. This site provides different do-it-yourself projects that children can complete and then share their creations online. Students can receive helpful feedback on their creations, as well as commenting on others. Openness to feedback can help students increase their sense of worth.
“Mindprint Learning” is the third tool suggested which offers online assessments. These assessments measure students’ strengths and challenges. Examples include verbal reasoning or processing speeds. Teachers can review the results with their students to help them recognize their areas of strength and devise a plan to increase their weaker areas.
The final tool is“Seesaw: The Learning Journal”. Seesaw is a digital portfolio which allows students to upload their drawings, pictures and other various types of work. They can then reflect on their work through a voice recording. Students are able to comment and give positive feedback on their peers’ work. Allowing the students to explain their thinking from a voice recording also helps increase self-worth since many students struggle to describe their drawings or artwork in writing.
The tools presented in the article affect young children and their families by attempting to improve and increase their self-worth and thus confidence in the classroom. Although these are tools described for teachers and students, they can also be used in the home.
If these sites prove successful and are used correctly, they will help create a more supportive classroom. Students will become more open to feedback and in turn give their peers helpful comments as well.
Today’s guest blogger is Caitlin Farrell