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How A Value for Education Vanished from Modern Schools

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In an attempt not to teach any values, the value of facts also disappears leaving students with no incentive to learn - except perhaps the fear of bad grades. It seems like we must either embrace some standard of value (or angle of truth) in order to make the learning experience have any significance for the student.

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Why Grades Are A Bad Incentive

incentives like autonomy, mastery, and purpose outweigh the potential of grades as incentives for student motivation

How to Change The World

Changing the world is more accessible to all of us today than ever before, but this does not mean the challenge is any easier than it was a thousand years ago. The most difficult person to change is often the one who is closest to us. In fact, changing our own minds can sometimes seem like an impossible feat.

Technology Struggles to Compete with Teachers

“Computer programs are structured – teachers have to follow what a program tells them to do. The pencil-and-paper approach is more flexible. Teaching assistants could adapt what they were doing a bit more, to the individual children." https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/pupils-learn-more-quickly-using-pen-and-paper-a-computer-study-shows

Education for Empowerment of Individuals and Communities

Communities of Empowerment – Chapter & Article Review Kevin Jenson Colorado State University Approaching the concept of empowerment from a western perspective, there are three major views that dominate the discussion. Functional empowerment is the focus of most university and adult training programs. It involves an improvement of skills and performance in one’s roles. Psychological … Continue reading Education for Empowerment of Individuals and Communities

The Natural Process of Learning

This essay synthesizes research from the area of self directed learning and developments in digital learning technology to define underlying principles of learning that can help students maximize the natural learning process by transcending or maximizing their available contexts and opportunities.

On the Nature of Observation

If I am new to writing, it will be difficult for me to make a value statement about the quality of one author or another. On the other hand, I will quickly be able to discern my feelings toward that author. Perhaps the function of human-centered learning is not to dismiss either sort of observation, but rather to help the individual recognize where each one is valuable in the process of education.

A Review of “The Courage to Teach” by Parker J. Palmer

Welcoming the Person Back to the Process of Education   When I first opened the book “The Courage to Teach” by Parker Palmer, I had no idea that the ideas it contained would connect with me so strongly. To begin with, I have never had a problem with facing a classroom - in part because I have … Continue reading A Review of “The Courage to Teach” by Parker J. Palmer

My First Day As A Substitute Teacher

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Can there really be that many trouble-makers in a small classroom? I had gotten the list of students. Good, not more than 21, and at least 3 are supposedly helpful to substitute teachers. Thank God! I immediately decided I was going to try my best to get them to like me right away. You know, win them over to the good side before the dark side has a chance to kick in? I would be a Jedi-master with my light-saber smile and pleasant good morning 😃

Top 25 New Technologies – ALA 2015

It seems that many of the tech companies in education offer something of the same function as the others. Perhaps this is reflective of the Connectivist philosophy of education technology. Nevertheless, it is difficult to find a truly innovative idea that solves some problem that no other software already addresses. Most technology listed here seems … Continue reading Top 25 New Technologies – ALA 2015