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Patricia Cone

You Can't Stop the Rain « Educational Discourse - 10 views

  • So often when we talk about schools, students, parents and teachers, we discuss things in arm-lengths type of way. We discuss how they need to have richer and more meaningful learning experiences, how we need to provide them with the opportunities to use the technological tools in authentic learning experiences. What we don’t discuss is how schools need to be places of living not just of learning. They need to be places of community where children can experience life-lessons not just academic lessons. The story that follows is about one such event that took place at our school this past year.
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    So often when we talk about schools, students, parents and teachers, we discuss things in arm-lengths type of way. We discuss how they need to have richer and more meaningful learning experiences, how we need to provide them with the opportunities to use the technological tools in authentic learning experiences. What we don't discuss is how schools need to be places of living not just of learning. They need to be places of community where children can experience life-lessons not just academic lessons. The story that follows is about one such event that took place at our school this past year.
Ruth Howard

Artists in the Classroom - 11 views

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    Love this dialogue- quote I feel like part of my job as an artist and educator (and specifically the combination of the two) is: - To be a prodder and poker of conventional thought. - To be a student advocate. - To think about what schools are for, really, in the long run; Is their purpose to prepare students for the way the world is now? To prepare students for the way the world will be? To prepare students for the way the world should be? To prepare students to change the world? To teach students how to follow rules? To teach students how to meaningfully break the rules? To teach students how to re-write the rules? To teach students about what interests them as individuals? To teach students about what we (the teachers) think should interest them? To teach students how to take tests? To teach students how to teach themselves. etc……To do all of these things at the same time?
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