TCH 520 Full Course Discussions GCU

TCH 520 Full Course Discussions GCU

TCH 520 Full Course Discussions GCU

Topic 1 DQ 1

The term multitasking is often used in relation to the need to balance multiple demands on our time and attention in today’s society. What is actually happening in our brains when we attempt to multitask? What are the implications for student learning?

Topic 1 DQ 2

What is meant by “the brain as a novelty seeker”?  How does novelty affect classroom environment, lesson design, or instructional methods?  What are some classroom strategies that align with the brain’s search for novelty?

Topic 2 DQ 1

How does the functional capacity and time limits of working memory vary with age? What implications do these limits have for teaching and learning?

Topic 2 DQ 2

How does meaning affect long-term memory? Is there a difference between positive and negative memories in terms of their long-term effect? Support your response with examples.


Topic 3 DQ 1

How does sleep affect learning and retention? How can teachers address students who are clearly not getting enough sleep?

Topic 3 DQ 2

Rote memorization is an instructional strategy that has had varying levels of popularity. Are there cases when it is more effective or appropriate than others? Provide an example.

Topic 4 DQ 1

Brain-based learning often requires physical activity in the classroom, encouraging students to be up and out of their desks. Provide three classroom management techniques you could utilize to maintain a classroom environment conducive for this kind of active learning?

Topic 4 DQ 2

Are student ages relevant when determining brain-based activities in the classroom? How does a five-year-old entering kindergarten differ from an almost seven year-old?

Topic 5 DQ 1

Should schools require all primary students to learn to play a musical instrument? What are the advantages and disadvantages of this requirement?

Topic 5 DQ 2

Discuss ways that visual arts impact learning and cognition. How do you plan to incorporate the visual arts into your future classroom?

Topic 6 DQ 1

Based on what you’ve learned in this course, what are two concepts you will apply to your future professional practice?

Topic 6 DQ 2

How is the use of higher order questions beneficial to differentiation? Provide an example.