From the philosophical to the practical


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From the philosophical to the practical

  1. 1. From the Philosophical to the Practical
  2. 2. “Imagination is the other end of Reality” K. Hari Kumar e e
  3. 3. Recall a time when you were really learning…..
  4. 4. STUDENTS THRIVE • WHEN THEY: experience and interact with curriculum • WHEN THEY: have the opportunity to take part in their learning
  5. 5. Born to Learn
  6. 6. present standpoint of the child child curriculum facts and truths of studies
  7. 7. the teacher becomes a partner guiding students to independently discover meaning within the subject area.
  8. 8. Joseph Palermo - Pedagogy of the Depressed • Can students really be taught critical thinking, civics, and citizenship skills in a standardized format that values conformity? • Why are the ideals that have long been associated with public higher education being scrapped in favor of private special interests that stand to profit from these changes? • Most people might want to see a real doctor instead of going to WebMD
  9. 9. Joseph Palermo - Pedagogy of the Depressed • Access does not replace dialogue, critical thinking, and learning • Collective student activities are part of the learning process • Better success with real human interaction
  10. 10. Seat Time • The premise of our educational system is that seat time is the critical feature of learning.
  11. 11. “People can have the Model-T in any color…” “… so long as it’s black”
  12. 12. Dare to innovate and take risks “You will miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Wayne Gretsky e e
  13. 13. Opportunity 1 • Treat students as they are capable of becoming
  14. 14. Opportunity 2 • Create pedagogical models that are: ▫ Innovative and based on research ▫ But still reflect our past
  15. 15. Opportunity 3 • Incorporate brain research of the last decade ▫ Brains are not linear
  16. 16. Opportunity 4 Engage in a
  17. 17. Moving from imagination to reality – Day 1 and beyond… e e
  18. 18. Focus On The Child  Read student records/reports – Talk to previous teachers  Consider connecting to children before they arrive – Send a post card.  Prepare your grade book and attendance records  Prepare “get to know you” activities including process for class agreements  Create rituals, routines, and traditions  Send letter of welcome To families
  19. 19. Nesting: Preparing Your Space Create clear distinctions between child & teacher space Put comfort items you need in your space Create visual displays that communicate your anticipation of your students’ arrivals Plan clear arrangements For organization ‘
  20. 20. Curriculum And Getting Started  First month as a time for diagnostic assessments, review, and establishing a foundation for the year  Be Familiar with the year’s curriculum map  Plan the first unit of study  Send a parent letter for first unit of study  Keep detailed lesson plans a week ahead  Choose a lesson plan format and work with it at least two months
  21. 21. Take Exquisite Care of Yourself Know what you must have to be fully supported – Eat well, exercise, sleep! Prioritize areas of focus for the year. Ask for support. Plan ahead for reflection and for your own growth.