Posts made in January, 2012

On Teaching and Learning

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My own educational journey, mirroring both positive and negative aspects of teaching and learning, provided the major impetus for me to enter the field of education. One of the major reasons I wanted to teach was to provide children with educational experiences that mirrored the best of my own experiences while working to improve the ways in which children learn. From a very young age, I thoroughly enjoyed being able to explore and eventually make sense of the world around me. I spent hours watching someone repair a device in our home or watching my grandmother cook. These informal learning...

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Education for All

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The Mind Trust has given the Indianapolis community a careful and well-reasoned proposal for improving education, as well as opening the dialogue with all segments of our community. In my experience as an educator in private, public and charter schools, I have seen great things happen when the collective creativity of teachers and local school administrators is brought to bear on solving issues involving the education of our children. No one approach, school, or philosophy (certainly not a top-down approach) will work in meeting the diverse needs of our community. Business and political...

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A Curriculum for the New Year

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During the winter break from my teaching responsibilities at the Project School, I have been able to catch up on some much needed rest as well as to read some wonderful books that help frame the complex issues we face in education. I was particularly struck by the questions all of us need to ask regarding what and how we teach, from the book, Teaching for Understanding, by Martha Stone Wiske. In the book’s introduction, Ms. Stone presents four questions about teaching and understanding that bear mentioning in this article. What topics are worth understanding? What about them must students...

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Joy of Learning

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During the summer break, I had the opportunity to reflect on what has been written about education, as well as my own journey this past year, as I returned to the classroom. What strikes me most, is the overwhelming pressure we put on our children, our teachers, our parents, our community, and our leaders. While it is essential that we discuss critical issues affecting the education of our future generations and to seek answers to these issues, I want to challenge us not to lose the “joy” of learning. I believe we sometimes forget the power that “play” has in the process of education....

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Returning to the Classroom

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Five weeks ago, I returned to the classroom as a 4th and 5th grade teacher at a Charter School in Indianapolis, after more than 25 years away from teaching in an urban setting. My decision has proved to be a wonderful and challenging experience. I have a very special group of students, many of whom were deemed to have been unsuccessful in other schools throughout the city. I believe that the school’s philosophy of “education for all” is not only a powerful statement but lived out daily as we work to help children succeed where others have failed. During these first weeks, I was quickly...

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