As a public educator, I aim to share my story with those interested about what really happens inside today's classroom. I hope my stories inspire, educate, and entertain you, as the calling of teaching is never neat or predictable. Please note that my blog content does not necessarily reflect the viewpoints or beliefs of my school district or colleagues.
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.