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Learning Communities

Started by Allan Richards in Teaching and Methodology Oct 27. 0 Replies

Hey everyone!I am new to the forum and am curious how you feel learning communities benefit educators when it comes to developing a collective responsibility as educators. Do you feel a forum like…Continue

Implementation

Started by Christina Shepherd in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Oct 26. 1 Reply

How does implementation help you out throughout the year? I am curious to know what things have worked for you and what things have not worked for you through an implementation standard.  Continue

ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 19. 76 Replies

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Tags: children, abc, kids, phonics, reading

Top 5 Game

Started by susie silver in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 17. 14 Replies

Hi David Maybe its obvious to some but I'm not sure how to play and I also want to create a top 5 game as well. What is the point of it. There are always 5 answers. Do the students guess according to…Continue

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Making School so it doesn't Stink

My blog is something I put a lot of myself into. A way I have a conversation with myself as much as with you the reader. It is organic and natural.

As I look over the last year and 250 + posts, I see one very important theme emerging like a crooked stem off the trunk. That theme is student autonomy. Giving students more freedom and choice in how they interact with the curriculum, with how they learn and schedule, with how they hook into their own passion/interests. That's my point with SCC, "student created content". That's my point with posts about Sugata Mitra and his "I'm going away now" methodology. That's my point with posts reflecting on teacher development. How can we get kids excited about learning again? Passionate about the possibilities the world offers?

In language teaching - we too often don't build upon what students know and can do. We charge ahead through the book and syllabus, irregardless of whether there is "soil" for growth. Whether there is student passion and interest.

We should focus on the abilities and the "CAN" of students. Build from their prior knowledge and interests. That's the only truly valid approach. What do my students want to know? How can we get there based on what they already know?

This morning, I watched this energetic talk by Chris Lehmann - a talk about how we have to harness the energies and abilities, the "CAN" of students or risk a totally broken system that just spins its wheels. It is a good representation of most of what I've been doing here on this blog, this past year.

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