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Contemplative Pedagogy ~ Center for Teaching | Vanderbilt University

Contemplative Pedagogy ~ Center for Teaching | Vanderbilt University | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Contemplative pedagogy involves teaching methods designed to cultivate deepened awareness, concentration, and insight.  Contemplation fosters additional ways of knowing that complement the rational methods of traditional liberal arts education.  As Tobin Hart states, “Inviting the contemplative simply includes the natural human capacity for knowing through silence, looking inward, pondering deeply, beholding, witnessing the contents of our consciousness….  These approaches cultivate an inner technology of knowing….”  This cultivation is the aim of contemplative pedagogy, teaching that includes methods “designed to quiet and shift the habitual chatter of the mind to cultivate a capacity for deepened awareness, concentration, and insight.”  Such methods include journals, music, art, poetry, dialogue, questions, and guided meditation.

 

"In the classroom, these forms of inquiry are not employed as religious practices but as pedagogical techniques for learning through refined attention or mindfulness.  Research confirms that these contemplative forms of inquiry can offset the constant distractions of our multi-tasking, multi-media culture.  Thus, creative teaching methods that integrate the ancient practice of contemplation innovatively meet the particular needs of today’s students.

 

"The following video, produced here at the CFT, features interviews with faculty members of Vanderbilt’s contemplative pedagogy group describing the roles these forms of inquiry play in their teaching."

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Inquiry with Evernote vol 1 ~ Inquire Within

Inquiry with Evernote vol 1 ~ Inquire Within | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Bart Miller

 

"Three weeks ago, I began exploring Evernote. Literally within minutes, I was convinced that it is an essential tool for inquiry-based teaching. I hope that by the end of this post, you will agree and want to join me in taking a huge step toward true metateaching.

If student curiosity is a spark, I want to use Evernote to ignite that spark into a raging inferno.

 

"To be authentic, inquiry must be unpredictable. Inquiry teaching includes a fair amount of modeled and structured inquiry, but the deepest learning occurs when learners follow their own interests and processes to construct understanding.

 

"I have been using Evernote to create an interconnected web of media that can be instantly searched based on criteria I create for my inquiry classroom. I already feel like a librarian from a futuristic sci-fi movie! Here is my process for curating resources:"

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Inquiry with Evernote vol 2 ~ Inquire Within

Inquiry with Evernote vol 2 ~ Inquire Within | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Bart Miller

 

"Does Evernote work for inquiry?

 

"I’d say so. In the time it took to write this post, I planned a sizable chunk of guided inquiry for my class including authentic articles and video, and that’s from just one note. Further independent inquiry can be instantly supported with additional resources, as well as spontaneous modeled and guided inquiry."

 

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How one teacher has used Evernote to plan a unit of guided inquiry for 6th graders.

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10 Ideas to Get Those Back-to-School Juices Flowing ~ Mind/Shift

10 Ideas to Get Those Back-to-School Juices Flowing ~ Mind/Shift | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Katrina Schwartz

 

"Educators are getting prepared to welcome students back to school this month. Many have spent the summer reading up on new teaching strategies or getting inspired by colleagues across the country. To help get those idea juices flowing, here are some MindShift articles that delve into creative work, tools, and methodologies. Happy back to school!"

 

via Vicki Davis

 

 

 

 

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 15, 2013 2:10 PM

Links to 10 great Mind/Shift articles from the last number of months, each describing practical and useful ways to energize classrooms with tech and enriched strategies.