Maybe it’s the caffeine or the sunshine, but I don’t know if an article has ever energized me as much as the one I just read. I started by watching Seth Godin’s TEDx Talk in which he posed the question: “What is school for?” Then I read Dan Edelstein’s article, about the purpose and the indirect impacts of education in… Continue reading There’s more to life than what you read in books
Diversity is something that has been important to me for a long time. Through so many conversations with friends, my worldview has grown in so many ways and continues to grow daily. My life has been made better because of diversity. One particular quote from Brian Arao and Kristi Clemens article “From safe spaces to brave… Continue reading Why conversations about diversity are necessary
Although much of the reason that I am in graduate school is for an eventual career teaching college students, I have not had many opportunities to teach courses yet. Therefore, for a teaching reflection, I will be reflecting on other opportunities I have had to speak and the one or two opportunities I have had… Continue reading Teaching to the choir
I don’t know anything about Thermodynamics. It’s true. I got an A- in Thermodynamics, but I don’t know anything about Thermodynamics. In that class, I had a very personal experience with Alfie Kohn’s assertion: “Grades create a preference for the easiest possible task” When I took Thermo, 5% of the course grade was homework. After two weeks… Continue reading Ignorance is bliss?
I think that Michael Wesch hits the nail on the head in his article Anti-Teaching: Confronting the Crisis of Significance when he states in the first two sentences that, The most significant problem with education today is the problem of significance itself. Students – our most important critics – are struggling to find meaning and significance… Continue reading The pendulum swings
In my first blog post for this course, I see it only fit to reference my favorite blog on education: Math With Bad Drawings by Ben Orlin. (I expect I will reference it a number of times in this course.) Unfortunate Metaphors for Teaching If our current educational system is dry food, connected learning proposes… Continue reading Did curiosity kill the cat?