Learning Illustrated

I appreciated the story of illustrated learning from the candles in the quiet auditorium for Veterans day and the exercise when we got to come up with our own. My teammate gave me some great ideas like pictures of the graduating class, and the awards and recognition that help his class achieve. The cadence achieved from marching and the knowledge gained from the order and coordination was inspiring, turning off the electricity, picking up trash on the side of the road to illustrate taking care of the environment.

It reminds me how effective these RSA animations are for selected influential speakers. In finding new ways to combine learning with illustrations we can reach a much broader audience, reaching our ultimate mutual goal across the ages of passing on knowledge. https://www.youtube.com/user/theRSAorg

Artful teachers match the learning with the realms of interest, uniting something about what interests them.

“Believe in courage” – Woody

Clear and Unclear Windows

The architecture of moral education was very clear to me. That the 5 responsibilities of service (volunteerism), honesty (truth), civility (obedience), kindness (mercy), participation (cooperation) and commitment (work) are based on the respect of the environment (property and creation), society (family, elders, others), religions and yourself. With these standards one can achieve not only effectiveness but also eclipse into greatness. We are taught “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” is our right by birth, when the bigger picture lies in our responsibilities first.

I appreciated the notes about cardinal virtues being built not legislated, a balance between the two extremes. That the buddy system forces bullies into roles, the value of a peer.

Unclear: I wanted to write the quotes from the walls of the hall, but didn’t have a chance to record them!

 

 

 

I Learned Statement

Things I learned from the reading:

5th century Athens nailed it with creating meaning through engagement being above that of satisfaction and fulfillment. The exchange of this meaning progresses the community and through this concept of “Paidea” everyone benefits.  I also have a strong appreciate for the effort that II. 9. brings. “Good teachers attempt to develop interdisciplinary connections between their own subject area and other subject areas.” I cannot stress how difficult this is under our current formats of economics and academics. I feel the pinch of this detriment in my current field and I am not sure we as a society will ever be able to measure the effects of these rifts in our current state. But I do have hope that as the manifestation of these weaknesses continue to snowball, the value of these missed connections will become undeniable, making action unavoidable and creating enough need to reconcile.

Some things I learned in class:

How important variable pitch is for keeping the crowds attention.

Opening with “what I’m not going to do” preps people to listen for the intention.

If you are #1 in your field your knowledge is contagious, and students wont have time to act out if you have compelling curriculum, and the best way to do that is by being passionate about the material.

Stories hide lessons, short stories provide breaks to the content enough to regain their attention.

The moving of your body to the direction of people carrying on a disrupting conversation in class can discreetly put pressure on them to stop.

That Jefferson believed the most dangerous is an elevated education with no moral guidance.

“Meism” could be the single most toxic malady in the US.

And my personal favorite: a guide to how successful you are is how many kids stay after instead of going to recess.

Characteristics of an Effective Educator

In my opinion an effective educator is one that strives to achieve all aspects of the architecture of moral education. That the 5 responsibilities of service (volunteerism), honesty (truth), civility (obedience), kindness (mercy), participation (cooperation) and commitment (work) are based on the respect of the environment (property and creation), society (family, elders, others), religions and yourself. With these standards one can achieve not only effectiveness but also eclipse into greatness.

With the responsibility of a teacher comes being a leader in your field, a facilitator of learning, being receptive to feedback and continuing to be a self learner by staying broad and current on instructional strategies. How does one go about being a facilitator of learning? being clear about expectations and instructional goals, being knowledgeable about their students and their development in social contexts, and developing connections to other disciplines to relate those subject matters to their own.

Key words of disposition were tossed around in class, empathy, compassion, engaging, excitement, encouraging, etc.