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This scoop it brings together materials for classrooms which enable learning through cognitive self-sourcing such as songs, poems and stories. Talk about this topic using twitter hashtag #peecss
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Transit Behavior-Improving Poetry - The Travel Better London Campaign Promotes Subway Etiquette (TrendHunter.com)

Transit Behavior-Improving Poetry - The Travel Better London Campaign Promotes Subway Etiquette (TrendHunter.com) | Materials for portable extended and embodied cognitive self-sourcing | Scoop.it
(TrendHunter.com) With over 1.1 billion people making the trip last year in London's underground subway system, a new etiquette guide written in the form of poems is encouraging better transit behavior.

Via Thomas Faltin
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In these poems available on the London Underground, messages are delivered in a fun and removable way. Commuters can engage with the messages by remembering them, as their meaning becomes embodied and self-sourced.

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Terence R. Egan's curator insight, July 5, 2014 9:49 PM

There was a man from Dunblane,  

who created a fuss in the train.

When asked to move down,

he replied with a frown:

"YOU have no right to complain!"

 

[Ok, so it's not exactly Willy Wobblespeare, but surely the transit authority's agency could use a bit more imagination.] 

 

How about an amusing poster of sheep packed into a small corner of a pen while the race (railed passage) remains almost empty.

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"It's  said that sheep are among the most stupid of animals."

"Baaaaah! Move down the aisle."

 

If the subway has video by the doorways, every 5 minutes, place a 5-second spot of a sheepdog. First it turns it's head quizzically as it looks into passengers faces. Pause as the dog engages us ... then urgent, assertive barking.

 

I can think of lots of simple and inexpensive variations to this that would keep passengers either amused or vaguely ashamed.

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RSA Animate - The Empathic Civilisation

Bestselling author, political adviser and social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has sh...

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A field spotter's guide to embodied cognition

A field spotter's guide to embodied cognition | Materials for portable extended and embodied cognitive self-sourcing | Scoop.it

'One of the problems with the 'embodiment' as a concept is the fact that it often means different things to different people; people who themselves are embedded in different disciplines. To the philosopher and neuroscientist it is a radical challenge to the concept of Cartesian dualism; to the dancer 'embodiment' is about giving expression to the physical connectedness to others via peripersonal space; to the designer its the incorporation/absorption of cultural metaphors within individuals. This confusion is understandable given the radical nature of the paradigm shift that the concept of embodiment represents. 

 

Given the multiplicity of meanings encapsulated in the notion of embodiment definitions become extremely important. Here is one attempt to clear up confusion the surrounds the notion of 'embodied cognition'...

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A way and ways: different ways of seeing the embodied cognition idea from different perspectives. 

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Are we wearing them or are they wearing us?: Your clothes and embodied cognition

Are we wearing them or are they wearing us?: Your clothes and embodied cognition | Materials for portable extended and embodied cognitive self-sourcing | Scoop.it

Everybody realises the importance of what they wear. From the power-dressed executive in an Amarni suit to the Buddhist monk in a simple robe, clothes give off powerful signals about us and what our values are. That the way we dress also shapes our emotional state is also universally acknowledged. But what about the direct effect of what we are wearing on our cognitive abilities?

 

Clearly something very powerful is going on! An experiment by Adam Galinsky and Adam Hajo found that if you put on a white coat believing it belongs to a doctor your ability to attention rises dramatically, whereas if you believe that it belongs to a painter there is no enhancement of attention. 

 

The New York Times article 

Hajo and Galinskys' original article  

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Embodied Cognition

Embodied Cognition | Materials for portable extended and embodied cognitive self-sourcing | Scoop.it

Our colleague Dr. Carl Hillier has influenced me to think more about embodied cognition, and since it isn’t a topic we’ve addressed before in any detail I thought it might be interestin...


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Cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary themes remind us of the basis of the metaphor-inspired work linked with embodied cognition. 

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Embodied Cognition, Or How You Too Can Become A Business Superhero

Embodied Cognition, Or How You Too Can Become A Business Superhero | Materials for portable extended and embodied cognitive self-sourcing | Scoop.it
This week, Linda Ray, the Managing Director of NeuroCapability, teams up with writer Adair Jones to investigate how subtle changes in our bodies produce big changes in our brains.  The science is r...
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Being a superhero in your own life story is part of embodied cognition and this story helps to make the connection between the fiction and reality, or the mind and the outside world. 

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Why Poetry Makes Sense: An Interview With Stephen Burt

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Stephen Burt and I discussed the instructive and useful nature of poetry: how it's a vehicle for self-expression, a valuable means of understanding the world and a resource that is written for an infinite set of audiences.

Via GoogleLitTrips Reading List
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When we start to look for it, poetry is all around us, and never leaves us. Applications for learning and teaching are found here without needing to look very far.

 

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, September 2, 2013 9:21 AM

If only we taught literary reading with these benefits at the forefront of our concern for promoting literary reading and our concern for the value of the gift that literary reading can bring to our students' lives.

 

I know. We do, or want to at least.''

 

In the excerpt above, the suggestion that poetry is "written for an infinite set of audiences" ought to give one pause. Perhaps a pause for rhetorical brainstorming session is worthwhile. 

 

Here are two of those audiences, what audiences would you add to the list?

 

 • future English majors

 • students fearful of failing the test

 

Now that those two audiences are on the list, what other audiences might poetry be of interest/value to?

 

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I keep wondering how well we are doing our efforts to sell the value of literary reading to ALL of our students. 

 

And, I found myself pausing at several sentences and phrases sprinkled throughout this article to wonder...

 

Among those...

 

" Without pretension or over-analysis, poetry teaches the most practical lessons on love, friendship, romance and the loss of all these things."

 

And I wondered what happens if we do OR are perceived to be teaching "WITH PRETENSION AND OVER-ANALYSIS"?

 

Another...

 

"The trick to appreciating poetry? Seeking out and finding the poetry that really speaks to us, that we find instructive, enriching, useful and perhaps even beautiful."

 

And I wondered whether the pronouns in this quote referred to the teacher or the reader?

 

Another...

"...the instructive and useful nature of poetry: how it's a vehicle for self-expression, a valuable means of understanding the world and a resource that is written for an infinite set of audiences. Burt's expert point of view offers advice for beginning poets on how to build a successful career, acquired tips for readers on how to avoid the trap of picking poems apart for messages..."

 

And I wondered whether there is some truth in the suggestion that picking poems apart is a trap rather than a window.

 

 

And when a reference in the interview mentioned Billy Collins an absolute favorite poet of mine, I wondered how it was that I had never encountered his... 

 

 

"INTRODUCTION TO POETRY 

by Billy Collins

 

I ask them to take a poem

and hold it up to the light

like a color slide


or press an ear against its hive.


I say drop a mouse into a poem

and watch him probe his way out,


or walk inside the poem’s room

and feel the walls for a light switch.


I want them to waterski

across the surface of a poem

waving at the author’s name on the shore.


But all they want to do

is tie the poem to a chair with rope

and torture a confession out of it.

 

They begin beating it with a hose

to find out what it really means."

 

 

 

And I wondered why it is that "they" do that?

 

 ~ http://www.GoogleLitTrips.com ~

"Google Lit Trips" is the official fictitious business name for GLT Global ED, an educational nonprofit

 

 

 

 

Sunflower Foundation's curator insight, September 2, 2013 11:43 PM

This is so true. Kibera School for Girls, established by Shining Hope for Communities uses poetry and drama to teach. Our foundation awarded them a grant for drama resources last year. We are delighted that their enchanting little K-Gr.1 girls won first prize in the National Poetry Competition. In this case, poetry grounds not only learning but self esteem and communal pride.

Olivia Sica's curator insight, October 31, 2014 11:49 AM

I think things like poetry are a positive outlet for people who have emotions they don't know what to do with. If you're feeling overwhelmed, write it down! I can almost guarantee you'll feel better afterwords. 

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Spoken-Word Poets Bring Words to Life for Students - Poetry and YouTube - What a connection!

Spoken-Word Poets Bring Words to Life for Students - Poetry and YouTube - What a connection! | Materials for portable extended and embodied cognitive self-sourcing | Scoop.it
Passionate educators and YouTube are working to revive an ancient art form, and finding fans among students and teachers alike.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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The reading of poems and learning online go together naturally and assist in cognitive self-sourcing goals. 

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Creating Inclusive Learning Environments - free iBook

Creating Inclusive Learning Environments - free iBook | Materials for portable extended and embodied cognitive self-sourcing | Scoop.it
Preview and download the course Creating Inclusive Learning Environments on iTunes U.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Inclusive learning environments are ideal for lessons involving cognitv self-sourcing because they encourage the learner to take things home from the lesson. 

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Embodied Cognition & Enactivism: Implications for Education

Exploring specific theoretical and practical implications of recent research on embodied cognition and enactivism for the design of effective learning environme...

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Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley | Video on TED.com

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them.

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The metaphor of planting seeds of knowledge helps us take learning out of the classroom and into an embodied landscape with this TED-ed talk. 

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Metaphor and Embodied Cognition

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This is a really useful video of Raymond W. Gibbs from University of California Santa Cruz lecturing on one of the core ideas behind embodied cognition. He deals thoughtfully with the theory of conceptual metaphors and fields some stiff challenges from the audience too.

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A Brief Guide to Embodied Cognition: Why You Are Not Your Brain

A Brief Guide to Embodied Cognition: Why You Are Not Your Brain | Materials for portable extended and embodied cognitive self-sourcing | Scoop.it
Embodied cognition, the idea that the mind is not only connected to the body but that the body influences the mind, is one of the more ...

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I think therefore I am not. The history of the bdy and mind dis-connect.

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AUSTIN KLEON is a writer who draws.

AUSTIN KLEON is a writer who draws. | Materials for portable extended and embodied cognitive self-sourcing | Scoop.it
Austin Kleon is a writer and artist living in Austin, Texas. He's the author of Newspaper Blackout and Steal Like An Artist.
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Here's the starting point for some cognitive self-sourcing. Creation through erasing helps to focus on words, phrases and sentence structure. #peecss #ELT

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Tim Murphey: Materials for Portable Embodied & Extended Cognitive SelfSourcing (PEECSS)

Tim Murphey: Materials for Portable Embodied & Extended Cognitive SelfSourcing (PEECSS) @ the 2012 KOTESOL National Conference in Busan, Korea May 26, 2012 M...
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Zazzle Poetry Helps You Wear Your Heart on Your Chest

Zazzle Poetry Helps You Wear Your Heart on Your Chest | Materials for portable extended and embodied cognitive self-sourcing | Scoop.it
You've probably seen some of the very weird items up for grabs on Zazzle. The retail site allows users to create their own custom designs — no matter how bizarre.

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Wearing thoughts on the clothes we own helps to show our beliefs and become walking versions of our extended selves. 

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Poetry Is Like Music To The Brain, Say Neuroscientists

Poetry Is Like Music To The Brain, Say Neuroscientists | Materials for portable extended and embodied cognitive self-sourcing | Scoop.it
Researchers have been bridging the gap between art and science by mapping the different ways in which the brain responds to poetry and prose.

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Cognitive self-sourcing helps to feed the learning brain in ways that help engage and develop learning experiences. 

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Andrew McCluskey's curator insight, October 10, 2013 1:20 PM

Tiny preliminary study that used FMRI's to look at how the brain processes poetry and prose.  Seems that if the poetry is emotionally stimulating - it fires off the same areas of the brain that are used when music  is emotionally stimulating.  I guess Art is Art - wonder if the same areas would fire in response to say a visually arresting image or smell - can you be emotionally attached to a smell...?

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Creation of Digital Lesson Plans and Their Use in the Classroom - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Creation of Digital Lesson Plans and Their Use in the Classroom - EdTechReview http://t.co/aqPnYkiViL
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