I am writing with concern in response to your recently launched “Understanding” ad campaign. As a person living with mental illness, I am deeply...
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Please support this on-line petition by changing the conversation around mental health issues by starting one of your own. We all need to work together to support the 1 in every 5 people who suffer from anxiety, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorders, depression and other mental health issues. It is time to make a stand.
Educational theory and practice have begun to appear more frequently in the popular press. Terms such as collaborative learning, project-based learning, metacognition, inquiry-based learning, and so on, might be new to some audiences, but they have a relatively long and well-documented history for many educators. The most widely-known and promising pedagogical approach is constructivism grounded on the work of Piaget, Vygotsky, and Bruner. Given how it has transformed my own understanding of pedagogy, teaching, and learning, constructionism seems ripe for a similar resurgence — like a phoenix rising from the ashes of Taylorization and standardized testing. Constructionism brings creativity, tinkering, exploring, building, and presentation to the forefront of the learning process.
Over the last decade my teaching has undergone a dramatic transformation as I played with many methods for getting my students to learn not only through doing, but also through creating. Initially this interest was sparked by a belief that targeting the highest level of Bloom’s Taxonomy (revised) would lead to mastery in all the other cognitive domains. Later it was bolstered by an interest in creating more collaborative learning opportunities for my students.
I also felt passionately that anything my students create should have an authentic audience. I realized, after reading the works of influential writing theorist Peter Elbow, that when they wrote essays for me, they were writing to be judged, not writing to inform. Elbow argued that:
"When students write for teachers, they are writing ‘uphill’ in the authority dimension: instead of having the normal language-using experience of trying to communicate ‘across’ to others in order to tell them what’s on their mind, they are having the experience of trying to communicate ‘up’ to someone whose only reason for reading is to judge the acceptability of what they wrote and how they wrote it."
My first experiment was in having them write essays for their classmates, and although it was a vast improvement, still the audience seemed less than authentic.
Fortunately, my efforts to transform the way I teach came at the same time we were experiencing the societal shift from information consumerism to a production and remix culture. Now my students could write for a truly authentic audience through blogs, wikis, and websites.
As I strove to facilitate learning through creating, I realized that text-based creations were only the surface and started to build learning experiences in which my students explored and leveraged the wealth of creativity tools which were freely available online, including podcasting, screencasting, online presentation, mindmapping, animation, and infographic tools.
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OLIVET, Mich. (WKRC) -- A Michigan middle school football team goes behind their coach's back to give a developmentally disabled player a special moment. CBS...
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You cannot help but be transformed when you think of others ahead of yourself. What if every HS and college team was able to impact a member of their school like this? This video is an incredible example of selflessness. WARNING: Tears may flow.
As students feel the pressure of school and family there is an even greater need to recognize the signs of stress and anxiety.
This Prezi was created by one of my students, Niki H and suggested by another student Nicolas M via Scoop.It.
I am very proud of my students who are so aware of the crucial importance of dealing with stress and mental health issues in society and for demonstrating their skills as effective users of social media.
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