Who does the curriculum really belong to, anyways?
"People talk about giving students a voice. A seat at the table. If we’re going to solve these problems, we’re going to need more than that. We want kids to be engaged in learning, to be excited to show up and happy about school? Give them real agency in their own education.
We want kids to be learning, to be passionate about their work? Let them learn things that have real meaning to them. Make them the authors of their curriculum.
We want kids to learn how to learn, to be innovative, to make change, to be able to tackle the nuanced and constantly shifting problems that the future presents? Don’t give them a voice. Give them our schools."
"As teachers, it is essential that we make the process of providing feedback a positive, or at least a neutral, learning experience for the student.
So what exactly is feedback? Feedback is any response from a teacher in regard to a student’s performance or behavior. It can be verbal, written or gestural. The purpose of feedback in the learning process is to improve a student’s performance- definitely not put a damper on it. The ultimate goal of feedback is to provide students with an “I can do this” attitude."
Based on her research, Dr. Immordino-Yang will engage the audience in discussions and activities about how learning happens and how adults can support it . She will argue that learning is driven by an inherent desire to make culturally appropriate meaning of one's experiences in the world.
“Do you build relationships with your students? What do you do with "that" child that pushes EVERY. Single. Button... DAILY, many times??? Have you tried to build a relationship?? After all, it's not simply about teaching.”
Teaching is very much like maintaining one’s weight; there is a difference between knowing what to do and actually doing the right thing. It’s usually easy to be enthusiastic about a new diet....
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight:
Wonderful reflection on one teacher's response to a student who appeared to be procrastinating. The important thing is............we need to stay hopeful and keep urging them along (no matter how difficult it can be).
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