3x3x3 Video: Why Don’t Students Like School?

Daniel T. Willingham, MAET Year 2, Meaning, Thinking, Why Don't Students Like School?

For this assignment, we had to overview of the Chapter 3 of Daniel T. Willingham’s book Why Don’t Students Like School? titled “Why Do Students Remember Everything That’s on Television and Forget Everything I Say?”

The video had to be 3 minutes long, provide 3 key ideas of the chapter and 3 practical implications of these ideas for educators and for teaching (hence 3 x 3 x 3). Though challenging to encompass the three key ideas and three implications within the three minute time frame, here is what we created:


MAET Year 2, Motivation, Praise

demotivation(1)De-motivational Poster

We discussed motivation today and its effects on education. Intrinsic, extrinsic, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and even de-motivation. We also discussed the concept of flow and what that looks like in the classroom. We discussed how behavior is predictable up to a certain point in terms of motivation. We also looked at the three elements of motivation- autonomy, mastery and purpose- as described by Daniel Pink. We then had some fun with the negatives effects of extrinsic motivation and praise by creating de-motivational posters!

Physics Experiment: Sometimes You Fail

MAET Year 2, Physics, Video, Visual Learning

Today, 4Tech embarked on a physics experiment. I did not have high hopes for this experiment as individually and in terms of our group, science is far from our subject area expertise.

The assignment was this:

You will work with your groups to shoot and edit a video that helps answer, in as direct and transparent a manner possible, the questions that were asked of you today. Specifically:

  1. Where does a ball fall when it is dropped by a person (a) standing still; (b) walking; (c) running. Does it drop behind them, at their feet or in front of them?
  2. Which hits the ground first, a ball that drops straight down, and another that is pushed off a table, moving in a curve as it hits the ground. Of course both balls start moving at the same time.

You will have 1 hour to plan, shoot, edit and upload your video so please use your time wisely and budget your efforts accordingly. 

Prior to embarking upon this experiment, we were shown the following simulation where the ball traveling in the arc appears to land after the ball traveling in a straight line:

Our final experiment looked like this:

Well at least the video looked nice, didn’t it? But our understanding was completely wrong. We were correct in saying that balls should be traveling at the same speed due to the rate of gravity but we allowed the awesome MADE UP simulation from above to persuade us to assume that the ball traveling in the straight line would hit the ground first. Here is the correct simulation.

Although our science understanding was a failure, this lead to a great conversation about how technology like video can allow learning to be visible. The common misconception is that the ball in the first physics experiment will fall behind the person dropping it and using video to slow down the experiment to provide us with new evidence that helps us combat those misconceptions. With the revealing of the false simulation, we also recognized that there are is still a need to use our information literacy and critical thinking skills before using a source to support our understanding.

Collaboration MAET Year 2

4Tech, Collaboration, MAET Year 2, Personal Learning Network

4techCollaboration plays a large role in this year’s MAET cohort. We rated ourselves on technology skills on a scale from 1-5 and were asked to divide into groups based off of similar ratings. Our groups would be the collaborative circles in which we would create many of our large scale projects for the semester. 4Tech formed through this process and as luck would have it consisted of a familiar group of ladies that I had pleasure of working with in the East Lansing cohort the previous year. Alexis Miller, Renee Jorae, Kate McCallum and myself created the group 4Tech as there are four of us focused on technology. We are excited to work and learn together!

Just Shoot Me!

MAET Year 2, Photo Editing

MAETY1Y2Just Shoot Me! Activity

“Every perception is an act of creation.” -Gerald M. Edelman

In lieu of the traditional “Hi, my name is…” getting to know you activity, we were instructed that we had an hour to create an image for people to get to know us. My image was a mash up of a photo I took on Day 1 of my first day in the East Lansing cohort in 2013 and a photo I took on Day 1 of my first day in the East Lansing cohort in 2014. I took the initial photo last year with the hope that I would have an opportunity to take the same photo this year in the same location and I did!  I explained that I still have the same look of 50% excitement and 50% fear!