Confronting the Cult of Objectivity CounterPunch Objectivity could have value as a pedagogical approach, if it was defined as attempting to provide students with an accurate understanding of how the world really works (independent of political...
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An interesting perspective on the post-modern debate in English and History.
We’d had enough technology, and now it was time to re-engage as a class. Clearly, the iMacs had become a deterrent to learning rather than a catalyst, so it was time to re-group. Would I recommend the above strategy to middle or high school students?
When we think about K-12 and higher education, educators think of them as two separate entities. Within K-12, we divide it further; primary, junior, intermediate, and senior. These artificial silos create barriers to sharing professionally about the biggest questions in education: how do students learn and what is learning? How do we recognize learning when we see it? Through a series of multiple choice tests or through the creation of a product? Is our job still to stuff into our students’ heads as much content as possible, or is it to help students learn how to plan and then create? The education system at all levels is being radically changed by social media, and the artificial barriers we’ve constructed over time are shifting, perhaps eventually to disappear.
As many schools and districts are now rushing to buy every student a digital device, I’m concerned that most one-to-one implementation strategies are based on the new tool as the focus of the program. Unless we break out of this limited vision that one-to-one computing is about the device, we are doomed to waste our resources.
"Important research compiled on the effects of students multitasking while learning shows that they are losing depth of learning, getting mentally fatigued, and are weakening their ability to transfer what they have learned to other subjects and situations."
Jim Knight's understanding of the role of instructional coaching is that reflective practice to improve pedagogy is a must. The "highest impact" upon the learner is to ask yourself "why am I doing this?"
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Big Questions for inquiry into science creates an obligation for the teacher to allow students to learn by doing rather than a constuctivist approach from the front of the room. Technology and blended learning to support the inquiry is also essential for the promotion of critical thinking.
"By design, classrooms push students toward learning targets. This is what we’re learning, and when you can do this, I’ll know that you’ve learned it.
In this outcomes-based environment, “success” is determined by attainment–reaching a certain “level,” or being able to provide evidence of understanding. Everyone in the classroom is reaching towards the same target, often with the same way of demonstrating their understanding."
"Having a vision for the future is an natural extension of Hope and Optimism, another 21st century skill I proposed. A vision for the future enhances hope and optimism. To clarify, having a vision for the future is identifying and taking steps toward fulfilling one’s dream. It goes beyond and is qualitatively different than identifying what one wants to be when one grows up or thinking about college. It is about dreams."
Writing used to be strictly an in-school activity. Now, kids do 40 percent of their writing outside of school. Called “life writing,” young adults’ social writing spans texts, tweets, social media, and blogs -- and all of it’s making kids more literate.
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Teresa Simmons sent me these questions for those who are discussing Unmistakable Impact. I think ...
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Sitting and listening to Jim Knight, we are discussing engagement and the value of PLT. "Why are we here?" requires an authenticity of purpose and interactions. An impact school is grounded in teachers' principles and how open we are to help.
The investigation shows that almost all objectives, teaching tasks and concepts of thecurriculum can be promoted with the aid of tablet computers. Nevertheless, a lot ofprerequisites in terms of hardware and software are required for a successful integration of tablets. In addition, there are some drawbacks, such as the lack of teacher training and slower text production.
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