Super Teacher's Job is Never Done!

Super Teacher's Job is Never Done!
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Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions. ~ Author Unknown

My goal is to reveal one teacher's humble journey of self-reflection, critical analysis, and endless questioning about my craft of teaching and learning alongside my middle school students.

"The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called 'truth'." ~ Dan Rather

Thursday, May 24, 2012

"Why Do Kids Believe in God but Not Harry Potter?"

Just read this article in the new Harvard Ed. Magazine:

A summary of some good research, framed -- inaccurately and unfairly, I believe -- as running counter to progressive/constructivist methods of teaching and learning. For one thing, the article fails to consider that a child "knowing" something that someone has told them does not necessarily mean that the child understands it or can apply it to new situations. 

For another, the type of learning-through-dialogue that the researcher here is promoting is a vital part of critical exploration and constructivist methods in general, even as the article presents it as a challenge to progressive educational approaches (characterized solely as "learning-by-doing"). I wonder what others on this list think of the article. 

Well worth the read, in any case!

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