Education Everywhere: How Video Games Can Teach You
Posted on Dec 02, 2009 - 11:42 PM by Kris Sage in Sage Wonderings
Something that I've always considered a crucial part of my self-education was video gaming. I've learned so very much from it. I've learned stuff that's pretty mundane - typing skills, quick reading and writing skills, learning how to use words in a context where people couldn't see my body language or tone of voice. And yet, I've also learned some pretty advanced skills that have served me in every other area of my life. I've learned how to analyze disparate facts and learn what I could do based off of that information. I've learned how to cope with failure and rebuttal. I've learned how to keep very calm under intense pressure. I've learned how to study language and speaking to learn more...
Do The Wiggles Do High School Gigs?
Posted on Dec 16, 2009 - 09:51 AM by Alison Bagg Brink in ImprovEducation
December drives me crazy.
There is simply too much to do.
Too much to do at home, and too much to do at school.
December is a curriculum crunch time for me. I am always a few lessons behind where I have planned to be. I am always playing catch-up. I try to add just that much more into each lesson, and just when the kids have a bad case of the "I don't wanna."
The worst thing about December is the lack of focus. Mine, theirs, ours.
Despite my best intentions, and my jam packed lessons, we all get distracted. Unfortunately, when I get distracted, unfocused, hazy, and vague, the kids get wiggly. Is that a good way to say it? Yeah, wiggly. They wiggle in their seats, they wiggle out of...
Freire’s “True Word” Conclusion—Or Beginning…
Posted on Jan 31, 2010 - 05:46 PM by Ammerah Saidi in The Learning Curve
"You're the worst teacher ever!" The last words of a ninth grader I had kicked out during final presentations.
This same day, a student handed me a card in which she wrote, "Thanks for giving me the freedom to speak my mind."
The next day, two students threw me a little farewell party to end the semester--two students who hated my class a month ago.
The last day of class, a student thanked God he never had to have me again. "Now I can FINALLY get an 'A'!"
A semester of mixed reviews.
As part of their final project, my students had to identify a community problem and design an intervention to combat said problem. A majority of the students rose to the occasion and shined...
A Village Under Siege… or What I Did During My Spring Break
Posted on Mar 25, 2010 - 01:30 PM by Alison Bagg Brink in Uncharted Parenting
Ok, it is only Spring Break for me, not for my children. I thought this would mean I would sleep in past seven and then drop them off at school. Hypothetically, I could have six or so hours to do laundry, clean house, work on the taxes, eat popcorn and watch movies.
Things might have gotten done, had I been able to drop the kids off at school. But once we got to school, I couldn't leave.
The basement of our school had been magically transformed to a kingdom during Europe's Dark Ages. The magic was in fact done by wonderful parents, staff members, and older students... angels, not faeries...
The stage at one end of the room was a king's chambers, there was a mountain...
The Creativity Crisis
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Buck Institute of Education
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Straight Talk on Teaching Quality: Six Game-Changing Ideas…
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Design for Change USA
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The Colonization of Civil Society
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