Blog Post Forum 3 (Module 4)

I want to describe the relationship between constructivism and the Breaking Ranks Framework. Afterwards, as my school’s leader in educational technology, I will discuss recommendations that I would take to my school leaders based on the core areas along with a simple rationale for each suggested change.

Dr. Roger H. Bruning defines constructivism as a theoretical perspective contending that individuals form or construct much of what they learn and understand based on previous knowledge (Schunk, 2004, p. 229).  Whereas the Breaking Ranks framework according to Sheninger, “does not prescribe a specific model that a school must follow, but rather builds upon the individual school’s data and existing culture to assess strengths and identify needs so that a customized plan for school success can be developed” (Sheninger, 2014, p. 72). The correlation between constructivism and the Breaking Ranks framework is that something can be built upon what is known and what is working to make something better in a school’s development.   This can be curriculum, staff, schedules, board or parental involvement and so on.

In utilizing the Breaking Ranks framework’s three core areas of collaborative leadership (CL), personalizing the school environment (PER), and curriculum, instructions, and assessment for improving student performance (CIA), I would base recommendations for my school by first, taking data from each grade level. Then base the past five to seven years of academic results from student assessments and compare scores to the state and national averages to reveal what our schools’ students know and what they lack. This would formulate curriculum and make improvements to instruction and assessments.  Second, create teams for technology, curriculum, and professional development among the members of the school community in collaborating to formulate new ideas for growth and integration. Lastly, this would personalize the school environment and create unity to build a successful and thorough academic program.

All of this serves a biblical foundation as stated in Matthew 7:24 (English Standard Version), “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”  When we know how to improve on something but do nothing about it, we are guilty of inaction and therefore become like the man who builds his house upon the sand as stated in Matthew 7:26 (English Standard Version).   In all our lives, we always have the capacity to be better and do better.  This should be the motto in our own work with students.  We should not accept mediocrity in the daily grind, but rather “press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14, English Standard Version). The reason we should aspire to do more for our schools, is that Jesus did this in his love for us.

God bless.

References

Schunk, D. H. (2012). Learning theories: An educational perspective. Boston: Pearson.

Sheninger, E. (2014). Digital leadership: Changing paradigms for changing times. Thousand Oaks: Corwin.

One thought on “Blog Post Forum 3 (Module 4)

  1. Sandra,

    Excellent work in this week’s post! The constructivism also supports the idea that human beings acquire and construct knowledge based on their experiences. It reminds me how connecting theory to practice is always a challenge, not only to learners and teachers but to all believers. We often find ourselves incompetent in practicing godly character as it is no in our habit of doing so. Environment (of church or faith community) is critical in successful implementation in life as well. As the scripture says, “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you (Philippians 4:9, New International Version)”. I believe it is the same with learning environment. According to constructivists, we build our knowledge on experiences. We stick the knowledge obtained and create meaning out of our experiences, either physical, mental, emotional, or even spiritual. Your plan in creating teams to support development, establishing a team of support where new ideas are welcomed, developed, and integrated to personalize school environment and create unity is exactly what we need in schools today. In doing so, I agree that a foundation is very important as well. The foundation, which is the mission or vision of the school, is what holds ideas together, shapes what we construct, and set the framework for effectiveness. With all that combined, effective teaching results in effective learning outcome. Again, great job on your post and looking forward to reading more! Thank you!

    – Hanna Baik

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