A conference is always a very special moment. We meet old and new peers, question old ideas and learn new ones, and many times share our work. And JALT 2013 in Kobe is certainly one of those intense growing experiences that will always stick near and dear to my heart.
Big Books are a treat because they are big, really big, specially when we consider how tall young learners are. Big Books are large enough that all children in the classroom can clearly see the characters and read what is written. I'd even say that Big Books are almost like small cinema screens that suddenly open and take young learners for an imaginary ride.
Sandra's determination, enthusiasm, and curiosity led her to explore the world of young learners learning like very few people I know. She read educational books, studied methodologies, shared her experiences with other educators, and travelled to educational centres. But what I really find fascinating is how she has been able to align all her studies, experience, and values in her teaching.
“The big idea with this school is we began to say, ‘What would happen if we could design a school that, as a system, was designed around the intrinsic qualities of games and play?’” Salen said. “This doesn’t mean video games fill the classrooms, although there are certainly instances of that. But instead, it’s an approach to learning that draws on all the qualities of how we know games really support learning.”
Via Anna Goldfeder