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DIY U – Are We Ready to Shift?

May 11, 2010

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create”.   .   .   .   Albert Einstein In the first blog of the semester, I pondered andragogy vs. pedagogy and if teaching adults is really different from teaching children.  For […]

Keeping it Exciting and New

May 7, 2010

“Arriving at one point is the starting point to another.”  John Dewey As the term implies, learner-centered instruction focuses on making learning meaningful, engaging and relevant for the learner.  Is the learner the only one to gain from the experience?  Teaching is like parenting – you spend several decades raising children, but there comes a […]

Is Learning Ever Passive?

April 23, 2010

“We cannot think first and act afterward.  From the moment of birth we are immersed in action,and can only fitfully guide it by taking thought.”          Alfred North Whitehead The learning strategy presentations this week were both on a specific method of active learning.  One was hands-on learning and one was effective learning in groups and […]

You Must Click It

April 19, 2010

“It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and THEN do your best.”  W. Edwards Demming We had the first group presentations of learning strategies in class tonight.  The first was my group on using concept mapping as an adaptive teaching strategy.  The second was on using student response […]

Which Came First?

April 13, 2010

“The transformation of students into autonomous, self-directed learners is not the inevitable outcome of educational experiences, even learner-centered ones.”  Maryellen Weimer The ability to choose and to use effective instructional strategies for the class population is a hallmark of a truly professional educator. While chosen instructional strategies are highly dependent on the course objectives, effective […]

What About You? (It’s not)

April 5, 2010

“Dr. Marvin, guess what? Ahoy, I sail!  I’m a sailor, I sail!” Bob Wiley (as played by Bill Murray in What About Bob) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrbY4hsNh64 For Bob Wiley in the movie “What About Bob” life was a series of ‘baby steps’ toward leaving his insecurities behind and developing a new identity through positive self image. This […]

Standing on an Empty Box

April 2, 2010

“The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.”     John Locke (the philosopher, the character on LOST) At our last class session, we had a guest instructor.  She made a statement toward the beginning of class about teachers of adults. […]

The REALITY of Teaching

March 14, 2010

” A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.” Patricia Neal In our last class we had a discussion about assessment – does it really matter, do the teachers really care?  Do the students really care?  Is it really important that everyone learn something?  Is passing the […]

Don’t Grade With a Red Pen

March 11, 2010

“Good teaching constantly asks about old understandings in new ways, calls for new applications, and draws new connections.  And good assessment does the same.” Dr. Lorrie Shepard, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder I attended the winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2002.  Our friends did a great job of videotaping the event, and I […]

A Gold Medal Teacher

March 3, 2010

“If you don’t try to win you might as well hold the Olympics in somebody’s back yard.” Jesse Owens, Olympian The winter olympics have captured our attention for the past couple of weeks.  Competition, success, failure, devestation, perserverance, unexpected conditions, slips and falls, victory.  It made me curious. . . if there were an olympic […]