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TEDU 411 – Week 4 Blog Post

Out of the top ten terms related to educational wishes for children, including wonder, desire, passion, risk taking, confidence, complexity, engagement, practicality, ownership, and empathy, I believe that risk taking is the most important for creating productive, positive learning outcomes. Risk taking is essential to learning, as it helps to promote a student to take the initiative. They grasp a hold of their own learning and strive to further it despite the idea that they may mess up or fail. And even if they do fail, students can learn from the experience and better prepare for the future. Risk taking is a factor in education that takes a lot of courage to engage in. But that courage and insistence is what really helps to pay off as in the end, the student, even the teacher, will learn and understand more not just about content in the curriculum, but about what it means to be a hard worker and how to succeed in life. So I believe that teachers and students should take to heart the idea of risk taking and try and engage in it when they can to better their learning overall.

I would try to incorporate this list of words based on wishes for learning in a rather simple matter. I think I would gather my class around, probably on the rug, and simply start by introducing all of the terms and having a small discussion about them. I would ask students to tell me what they think about each term or phrase and how that might be something they see in their school work. Afterwards, I could wrap up the lesson by having them write a short paragraph about their favorite, most impacting phrase and have them create some sort of picture to represent their writing. These finished products could then be displayed around the room and help students to not only remember what they shared, but learn about what is important to their peers as well.