Educators educating Educators

Sep 23

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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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Welcome back to another school year. I hope your summer was relaxing and invigorating and you are looking forward to the approaching school year and the opportunity to stimulate and challenge your students’ minds.

This summer I was able to study Sir Ken Robinson, a British author, speaker and international advisor on education to governments, non-profits, and education organizations

I, like many people, find his writings and Ted Talks not only witty and inspiring but also thought-provoking and challenging. Much of his work deals with the diversity of intelligence, the power of imagination and creativity, and the importance of commitment to our own capabilities. He posits that the noticeable lack of them in our schools negatively affect students’ learning and teachers’ productivity and the absence of them is triggered by the demands of standardized testing.

I hope you find Sir Ken Robinson’s words inspiriting and challenging as I do and be mindful of them as you plan for the new year. Here is to a great 2017-2018 school year!