Educators educating Educators

May 26

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“If you succeed in gaining their love, your influence will be greater in some respects than that of parents themselves. You have the power to make them kind, benevolent, and humane, or, by your neglect, they may become the reverse of everything that is lovely, amiable, and generous.”

 

G. Samuel Hall, the first book published for teachers in the United States in 1892

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This site is designed with one intention in mind: to help improve education for all children in a lively, fun, easy to use, and informative way.

How best to accomplish this massive task? For me as an educator with almost four decades of experience, I feel the easiest way to accomplish this is to simply and plainly talk about what I have learned over my career as an educator, namely, in order to be a truly effective educator one must be an affective educator.

This site is not a dialogue about what to teach but in my humble and self-effacing opinion, the why and how of teaching. For a glimpse of what this site is about preventing, watch below Ferris Bueller’s economics teacher in the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The video is meant as a reminder of what I hope all educators are beyond - not being or becoming Ferris Bueller’s economics teacher.

The belief that teaching by a smart person who delivers the content in a lecture mode has long been debunked by research and cognitive science (unfortunately, I feel this is the image of a teacher that policy makers carry with them today). This video illustrates the need for more powerful teaching to help students deeply understand the material through an understanding of the positive effects of empathy and affective pedagogy, the need for students to apply knowledge by inquiring, conducting investigations, problem-solving, and complete in-depth analysis.

Reflect and enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxPVyieptwA

Again, welcome to my site and let’s get started.






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Read April's Ed Tip to understand how using video game design principles will improve instruction.  Moreover, educators should not view video games as the enemy of education, but rather a model for best teaching practices. When educators design instructional strategies, they must keep in mind the principles of video games, namely achievable challenge, and the role of dopamine in education.