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Philosopher Martha Nussbaum on How to Live with Our Human Fragility

Philosopher Martha Nussbaum on How to Live with Our Human Fragility | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
"To be a good human being is to have a kind of openness to the world, an ability to trust uncertain things beyond your own control."

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This article and similar readings might help a teacher of social studies or English Language Arts develop some essential questions that the subject might explore. 

 

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"Being a human means accepting promises from other people and trusting that other people will be good to you. When that is too much to bear, it is always possible to retreat into the thought, “I’ll live for my own comfort, for my own revenge, for my own anger, and I just won’t be a member of society anymore.” That really means, “I won’t be a human being anymore.”


"You see people doing that today where they feel that society has let them down, and they can’t ask anything of it, and they can’t put their hopes on anything outside themselves. You see them actually retreating to a life in which they think only of their own satisfaction, and maybe the satisfaction of their revenge against society. But the life that no longer trusts another human being and no longer forms ties to the political community is not a human life any longer."

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How to Trust Your Students

How to Trust Your Students | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

When teachers trust their students, their pedagogy changes.

Progressive Instruction: Teachers are more willing to engage in constructivist practices, according to the dissertation research of Virginia Louise Durnford, because progressive practices require instructors to trust that "children are capable of creating their own knowledge" (Rainer, Guyton, & Bowen, 2000, p.10).Increased Differentiation: Classroom professionals are more likely to reshape old methods of instruction and try alternative strategies. They empower students who want to follow individual paths to content mastery.Democratization: They share more control of the class with students (Goddard, Tschannen-Moran, & Hoy, 2001).Improved Practice: Teachers seek out professional development (Tschannen-Moran, 2004) and grow their abilities.
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6-Year-Olds Know When You're Making Sins of Omission

6-Year-Olds Know When You're Making Sins of Omission | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
In a new study, kids gave lower ratings to teachers who left out key details about toys. And once misled, they inspected new toys more carefully.
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Ryan Jacobs says, "Bottom-line: Explain the full-fledged functionality of Super Soakers to your kids or risk losing their trust forever."


 

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