Category: Education

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RePost: How to Solve Problems

In Cultural Literacy E.D. Hirsch discusses the importance of a wealth of shared background knowledge in teaching in learning. “The more you know, the more you can learn.” He argues that as you acquire information—even through simple memorization—you create frameworks, or “schemata”, for integrating future learning. The more schemata you...

Math or English? 2

Math or English?

I’ve started alternative teacher certification this spring, and in Texas (I suspect this is true most places, as well) high school math teachers are in high demand. I’ve always liked math, and I don’t want to risk not getting a teaching job this fall after all of the work this...

No. 6: Creating Significant Learning Experiences 0

No. 6: Creating Significant Learning Experiences

The author begins this book in a truly maddening fashion. If I hadn’t needed to finish at least half of it for class I wouldn’t have bothered reading past page 5. The opening quote, which inspired the title (probably not the ideas though, as we’ll see later) actually turns “teachers”...

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Farouk Shami’s strange radio ad

Farouk Shami is running for Governor in Texas. He’s got an impressive business resume, and some ambitious ideas, but I won’t be voting for him. For one, he’s betting $10 million and half his term that he can create 100,000 jobs in two years. That just doesn’t seem realistic. But...

Creative Slumps and Education 0

Creative Slumps and Education

Sam Nielson, an artist at Disney Interactive, writes this about creative expression and art education: Based on things I’ve read and seen (ie. just a hyphothesis), I believe there’s a big dip in creativity as artists increase in learning.  I think this is one source of the common (but mistaken)...

The Pace of Change or “I hate being wrong” 1

The Pace of Change or “I hate being wrong”

Over the last few months I’ve heard and read time and again that “things are changing more rapidly than they ever have before.” I wasn’t buying. In my mind there were just too many things that are the same as they were 50 and 100 years ago. We still use...