EDTC 6431 Individual Project

Phase 1:

The lesson will be identifying parts of an atom and how they relate to the periodic table of elements. I plan to modify an existing lesson plan I created and introduce some technological elements. It includes protons, neutrons, electrons and electron shells as well as a few of the column and row patterns in the periodic table of elements

Phase 2:

  • General characteristics – 9th grade, age-14/15, ethnic group-mixed, sex-mixed.
  • Specific entry competencies -The pre-assessment for these learning targets and lesson plan would be that they have ipads or computers with which to interact and that they are aware substances are made from some 100 different types of atoms which combine in various ways. Pure substances are made from single type of atom, and each ones has characteristic physical and chemical properties. So I would ask the class to think of all the elements they know. Compile the list on a whiteboard as the students make suggestions. If some students suggest compounds (such as water or air), clarify the difference between elements and compounds.

Learning Objectives:

  • Audience: Who are the students?
    • 9th grade students will
  • Behavior: What action will they be asked to demonstrate?
    • Label the subatomic particles of an atom, and describe an organizational pattern of the columns and rows in the periodic table as it relates to the subatomic particles to atomic mass, number and electron shells.
  • Conditions: What is the activity or condition under which the behavior will be observed?
    • On the handout working alone or in a group
  • Degree: What is the desired degree/level of mastery for the learned skills?
    • Within 15 minutes and achieve a score of 100%

Standards:

RST.9-10.7 “Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words. (HS-PS1-1)”

ISTE 1 “Creativity and Innovation- Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. A. Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products or processes. B. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression. C. Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues. D. Identify trends and forecast possibilities.”

ISTE 2 “Communication and collaboration- Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. A. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a veriety of digital environments and media. B. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats. C. Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures. D. Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.”

Central Focus:

“Students who demonstrate understanding can: Use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms.”

Academic Language (that the student is already familiar with):

Vocabulary of elements, atoms, shells and subatomic particles

Phase 3:

The strategy and resources I have chosen for my lesson would be to Q&A previous knowledge, introduce with powerpoint, have students draw or demonstrate knowledge on Seesaw, share a few with the class, go back to the powerpoint that has a link to a periodic table of elements modeling software and take questions and manipulate the model, do a group activity with an elemental guessing game then perform an exit survey.

I would need to work the night before to make sure the links work and that I will be able to answer questions regarding the materials.

Resources:

For resources I would use the following to address my instructional strategies:

http://web.seesaw.me/

https://www.boundless.com/chemistry/textbooks/boundless-chemistry-textbook/atoms-molecules-and-ions-2/the-structure-of-the-atom-34/overview-of-atomic-structure-202-11405/

They will need ipads/PCs or smart phones, hopefully I work in a district that provides those things, and if a student prefers to bring in/use their own I hope there are no rules against it. The room will need a projector and PC for the powerpoint (or a smart board). The technology I have chosen helps support the lecture, but also adds to the unifying community nature through the use of boards and real time sharing.

SAMR:

The Substitution: Tech acts as a direct tool substitute, with no functional change

  • Online textbook is substituted for paper text

The Augmentation: Tech substitute, with functional improvements

  • Seesaw features allow for students to draw the structures instead of just label them on paper

The Modification: Tech allows for significant task redesign

  • Sharing their work online with other students with the use of seesaw to get feedback

The Redefinition: Tech allows for the creation of new tasks, previously inconceivable

  • Having the students explore electron properties and publish their findings based on ideas of how something might interact
  • Create their own quiz questions based on the modeling of the behavior of electrons from that exploration

Phase 4:

  • What will you do to actively engage your students in the lesson?
    • I will be introducing the materials, recapping previous knowledge, moving around the room to make sure voices are heard, questions are answered and students are engaging in the activity. Working with the seesaw app to have students draw and label parts of an atom. Submit the work to the board
  • How will you engage your students to practice new knowledge or skills?
    • I will draw a name out of a pile of Popsicle sticks to get each person to interact with some element of the technology and offer one “phone a friend” but get put back in the pile.
  • What role will technology play in supporting the learning?
    • They will be cementing the knowledge by interacting with the models and demonstrating understanding by submitting materials online for review. The exploration of the properties of electrons through electronic modeling is something that could not be done without expensive resources and time. If I can get the students to understand those properties with that technology then it greatly supports the future learning of all things related to electrons
  • Where would you place your use of technology in the SAMR Model?
    • I believe they would be creating new tasks, so I place the use of technology at the redefinition stage
  • How will you provide formative assessment during your lesson?
    • There is an option to comment on each post as they come in, so I plan to do that as an extension of lab notebooks each assignment can be properly stored in folders or tagged with people and concepts for later reference.
  • How will you determine whether the lesson was successful?
    • An exit survey and positive test results!

Outline of how I will:

  • Require active mental engagement
    • Each student will have a choice of how to interact with the lesson whether it be drawing, coming up with quiz questions or modeling the electron properties and explaining it to others.
  • Require practice of new knowledge/skills
    • Have each student participate, and follow up with them on the assignments when they are due. The practice of the new knowledge is fundamental to it sticking!
  • Support learning with tech and media
    • I would encourage the students to reach out for more resources if they find this particular lesson interesting. I would also encourage them to relate this to a current event, personal interest or even a video game idea. If I can support the students learning through other means, and they can create a new model for understanding that would help future students I am all about it.
  • Provide performance feedback prior to formal assessment
    • I plan on leaving comments with each submission if needed. That is easily done with seesaw, and I wouldn’t need to collect hundreds of possibly contaminated paper notebooks to do it! I could provide them with real time feedback from anywhere.
  • Determine success of lesson
    • I imagine a teacher has a pretty good impression if a lesson connected with students and what can be improved, outside of that I would be relying on an exit survey.

Materials and artifacts from lesson:

I can ask these questions that I have put together:

Example questions

 

And they can answer by drawing and submitting materials on seesaw:

Seesaw example.png

They can use the online textbook to help come up with answers:

Text example

And they can use the modeling technology to compare the behavior of electrons to that of other charged particles to discover properties of electrons such as charge and mass to help solidify their ideas and understandings.:

Modeling example

Here is a snapshot of the PowerPoint that would display the exit question:

Exit survey

Phase 5:

I did not have much time between Phase 4 and 5 so I am not able to review the plan with a live student audience or in front of another instructor. But in doing the exercise I can see where I might run into some snags on time. So I might trim down the pattern recognition part, or introduce it only to delve into it the following day.


ASSURE Instructions from the Teacher:

The “A” stands for Analyze the learner. Who are your students? While this seems to be common sense, the step is important because keeping your students in mind will help ensure that you work diligently to find those materials and resources that will be most appropriate and useful to your students. You should know who your students are (e. g., demographics, prior knowledge, academic abilities) on a multitude of levels, and use this knowledge in every lesson you plan. For those of you who are in administrative roles at your institutions, you will first need to determine who your students are for this activity. You may choose to create an activity for existing students at your institution or for other educators.

The first “S” stands for State standards and objectives. If you are a classroom teacher you most likely have a curriculum to teach with specific standards and objectives that will become a focus of individual lessons. What are these standards and objectives? What should be the outcomes of the lessons that your students will know or learn? Each lesson will probably be tied to curricular standards/objectives and this step reminds you to keep these as a focus of the student learning. If you are in an administrative role at your school, you will need to identify standards/objectives for the students you have chosen. Besides content standards, you should identify ISTE standards students will meet in your lesson.

The second “S” is Select strategies and resources. When choosing strategies and resources to help you teach a lesson, you will first choose a strategy for delivering your instruction. For example, you might decide that having your students work in small cooperative groups is most appropriate, or you might determine that a lesson is best taught using a tutorial. You then select the technology, media, and materials that best supplement or enhance the method of teaching you have chosen. You will have to decide which technology, media, and materials can best help your students master the learning objectives you have identified.

The “U” stands for Utilize resources. In the last step you identified specific strategies, technology, media, and materials to help meet your learning objectives. In this step, the lesson is actually taught and strategies, technology, media, and materials get implemented. In this step you should preview all resources you plan to use to make sure they are good fits for your students and the lesson. Next, you will prepare the resources. This may include things like the following examples: set up accounts for students (technology), create links to YouTube videos (media), and create web pages with instructions (materials). Then you will prepare the environment. Where will you be teaching this lesson? Online? In a classroom? What will you need to do to prepare the learning environment for the activity? Next, you will prepare the learners. Are they prepared to learn the content and technology skills in your lesson? Finally, you will provide the learning experience. What teacher-centered and student-centered learning activities will you provide to your students? You will teach your lesson with your own students or organize a group of learners to participate in the lesson. Note: While it would be great if you were able to teach this lesson to a group of students that you work with regularly, we realize that this might not be possible so you may need to find a group of learners for this lessons.

The “R” stands for Require learner participation. Your students will find learning more meaningful when they are actively involved in the learning process. Students must be mentally engaged in their learning in order to demonstrate understanding of new knowledge and skills. What strategies can you use to get your students practicing? Thinking? Solving? Creating? Developing? Analyzing? While a lecture can be an efficient way to deliver instruction, it may not invite students to move beyond passive learning. Integrating technology into a lesson almost necessitates that you use a teaching method beyond lecturing. How will you support learning with technology and media? How will you provide feedback on student performance prior to formal assessment?

Finally, the “E” stands for Evaluate and revise. This is one of the most important steps and should not be overlooked. As part of this step, you will evaluate your own teaching, evaluate the student learning, and make needed revisions for the next lesson and for the next time you teach the current lesson. Evaluation includes determining the worth of your teaching methods and the media used. During the evaluation stage, you utilize traditional and authentic assessment to determine student achievement of the standards and objectives. You should ask yourself questions such as, “Did this lesson address the objectives?” “Did students learn from this lesson?” “How can this lesson be improved?” “Would individual work or group work be more effective for parts of this lesson?” “Was the technology and media appropriate?” “Are there other technology solutions that might have worked better?” While this is not a comprehensive list of questions, this should provide you with some direction for the evaluation phase. You should also ask students to reflect on their learning and the experiences they had during the lesson. Perhaps your students will have feedback that could help you to improve the lesson for next time or feedback that could help you improve future lessons for them. Having things go wrong during a lesson does not make a teacher a bad teacher. However, failing to reflect and take corrective and preventative actions for the future is bad teaching. After reflecting on your lesson, you will make a list of possible changes you would make before teaching it again.

Summary

The ASSURE model is just one strategy to effectively integrate technology into curriculum. As you become more experienced with ASSURE, you may find that the steps in the model are second nature, and you may even modify them to better fit your own curriculum development. As you revise lessons from year to year, remember to keep in mind new and emerging technologies that might be more effective.

The ASSURE model is not a lesson plan by itself. It is an Instructional Systems Design (ISD) process used to design instruction that integrates technology.  Using it along with a lesson planning tool of your choice can help you design and develop appropriate learning activities for your students. You can use SPU’s lesson planning template if you like. For this project, you will use the ASSURE model to create a lesson or activity that you will teach during this term. Remember, the lesson can be for students that you teach as part of your job or can be for a group of learners that you organize specifically for this project.

Phase 1 Deliverables

Create a Google Doc that you will add to throughout the project. Within the Google Doc create a Phase 1 section where you will describe the lesson or activity that you plan to use for this project. It can be an existing lesson with minimal technology integration that you plan to modify or can be a new lesson. You should provide a brief overview of the lesson without going into details about standards, objectives, etc. Complete the document by reflecting on any concerns that you have as you begin this project. Note: You do not have to teach the lesson as some may not be in a position where this is possible. Finally, begin the process of creating a table of contents for this document so that it will be easy to access any part of the document as you add phases.

Phase 2: Analyze Learners | State Standards and Objectives

In this phase you will describe who your learners are and the standards and objectives the students will be working towards to achieve competency during the lesson.

Analyze learners

Before working on the actual lesson, you need to know who your target audience is. Who are your students?  Write down the following information about the students who will participate in the lesson:

  • General characteristics – grade, age, ethnic group, sex, mental, emotional, physical, or social problems, socioeconomic level, and so on. Your students may be adult learners. The lesson you design may be for professional development rather than a student course.
  • Specific entry competencies – prior knowledge, skills, and attitudes.

State standard and objectives

Once you are confident that you know who your students are, you can begin describing the standards for the lesson.  What standards will be addressed in this lesson? You should address both content and technology standards.

Use the standards to create learning objective or a learning target for the lesson. Think in terms of what students should be able to take away from this activity. Consider using the ABCD method to write at least one learning objective for your lesson. Note: The YouTube video link uses the term “instructional objectives.” For our purposes instructional objectives and learning objectives are the same thing.

The ABCD’s of writing learning objectives are:

  • Audience: Who are the students?
  • Behavior: What action will they be asked to demonstrate?
  • Conditions: What is the activity or condition under which the behavior will be observed?
  • Degree: What is the desired degree/level of mastery for the learned skills?

Example:  Eighth grade social studies students (Audience) will score proficient or higher on (Degree) all rubric criteria (Behavior) for their digital storytelling project (Condition).

In this case the entire rubric is referenced in the learning objective because it would be difficult to write a learning objective for individual criterion that require qualitative judgements such as “excellent use of a dramatic question.”

Note: There is a wide variety of tips on how to write learning objectives. While it is important for you to organize your project with learning objectives, feel free to use another format that you are more familiar with or that is required by your school.

Phase 2 Deliverables

Add a Phase 2 section to your project Google Doc. Include a general analysis of your learners. Avoid adding details that will identify specific students. List the standards and objectives that will be addressed in your lesson.

 

Phase 3: Select Strategies and Resources | Utilize Resources

Select Strategies and Resources

Once you know your students and have a clear idea of what standards and objectives they should meet by completing the activity, then you are ready to determine the strategies you will use to address the objectives and select the appropriate resources which include instructional methods, media, and materials.

  • Strategies: What instructional strategy or strategies are most appropriate to address the standards and objectives for your students.
  • Resources: What resources are most appropriate to address your instructional strategies?
    • What technology will be support these strategies?  Technology includes websites, software programs, music, videos, and images. You will also need to include the necessary hardware such as computers, cell phones, clickers, projector, interactive whiteboard, etc. Look for ways to use existing technology and free tools where possible.
    • Media: What media would best support your strategies, technology, and students?  Media options include text, still images, video, audio or any combination.
    • Materials: What other materials will be needed to help students master the objectives? Textbooks, library resources, etc. should be identified.
    • This is a good place in the project to use the SAMR and TPACK models to inform the decisions you make about the use of technology in your lesson. For example, is the technology you have chosen a simple substitution of a non-digital technology without additional benefits that can transform the lesson? -OR- Does the technology you have chosen support the pedagogy but adds very little to helping students better understand the content?

Utilize Resources

Once you have the strategies and resources identified, it is time to prepare and utilize the resources by teaching the lesson. In this phase you will prepare and in Phase 4 you will teach the lesson. The first step is to preview all resources and test all equipment in advance to be sure all elements of the lesson work as expected and you know how to use them.  Since you will using digital equipment and digital tools, do not assume that everything will work for the activity.  Be sure to have a plan B.  Do not get discouraged if technology fails.  Do your best to prepare and test your resources and be prepared to alter your plans if the technology or another element of your lesson fails.

Phase 3 Deliverables

Add a Phase 3 section to your project Google Doc. Describe the strategies and resources you chose for your lesson. Explain how the technology, pedagogy, and content work together to enhance or transform the lesson. Describe what you did to preview and prepare the resources and learning environment.

 

Phase 4 Utilize Resources and Require learner participation

Students learn best when they are actively involved in the learning.  Incorporate questions and answers, discussions, group work, hands-on activities, and other ways of getting students actively involved in the learning of the content.

Require learner participation

In Phase three you prepared your students and learning environment. Phase four begins with you providing the learning experience. This is where you will teach or pretend to teach the lesson. I would love to be able to give you feedback on the lesson so it would be great to arrange for me to come to your school and watch if possible. Otherwise just simulate as if you taught the lesson and image what might happen.

Questions about the lesson

As you prepare to teach this lesson consider the following:

  • What will you do to actively engage your students in the lesson?
  • How will you engage your students to practice new knowledge or skills?
  • What role will technology play in supporting the learning?
  • Where would you place your use of technology in the SAMR Model?
  • How will you provide formative assessment during your lesson?
  • How will you determine whether the lesson was successful?

Phase 4 Deliverables

Submit a Google Doc of lesson/activity plan outlining how you:

  • Require active mental engagement
  • Require practice of new knowledge/skills,
  • Support learning with tech and media
  • Provide performance feedback prior to formal assessment
  • Determine success of lesson

Submit materials and artifacts from lesson.

Phase 5 Evaluate and revise

A good learning activity evolves into a great activity over time. It become great by incorporating an iterative process where you reflect upon the lesson, the stated objectives, the instructional strategy, the instructional materials, and the assessment and determine if these elements of the lesson were effective or if one or more of them need to be changed the next time the lesson is done.

Evaluate and Revise

What will you review and change as you look to improve the lesson?

  • Review conventional and authentic assessments from the lesson to determine learner achievement of standards and objectives.
  • Examine the instructional process and impact of using tech and media.
  • List modifications to lesson to address any concerns.

Phase 5 Deliverables

Blog post with lesson and reflection. Include lesson artifacts where appropriate.

 

Module 4 Question and Resource

My Triggering Question: This is my favorite block of content so far, as I love games. What games exist that will help me with engaging kids and deliver the chemistry content?

Turns out there is not much in the way of games that currently exist, but I was excited to find out how easily a flash game could be made, and then it got me thinking about getting the students to create their own flash game ideas and content to go along with them. If I got them started at brainstorming from the beginning of the semester, then perhaps as a class we could build something by the end of the term. I did find a resource that lets you essentially fill in the blanks for several flash games (so not only chemistry) called ContentGenerator.net I tried a few of thier demos and I think it would be a great model to start the students out with. I am imagining the kids in class that already have experience with that engaging with the content in new ways as well as getting the rest of the class up to speed with what they bring from their experiences.  

http://www.contentgenerator.net/

Personal Background Reflection Essay

Introduction

I started gaining appreciation for both science and teaching while I was in the 5th grade from an inspirational instructor named Mr. Boyle. This was further reinforced in 6th grade with Mr. Roth. Both made lasting impressions through their engagement with the materials and students. I got a degree in chemistry because I knew I could do it, and it would give me more choices upon graduating, but it was really a backup plan for if I couldn’t get through the memorization required for my upper division biology classes. When the school requirements stated I would have to get through Calculus 3, and I was starting college at pre-algebra I just put one foot in front of the other, and made my way with resilience and not without failures. In the same manner I worked my way up through Fred Hutch to be working in the most estimable laboratory on campus.

I intend to be a high school biology teacher. This subject is where I found my passion, and where I found the passion of our teacher to be most infective. Albeit to be teaching public high school is surprising and will be most assuredly challenging, seeing as how I never passed my first and only experience in public high school. I reasoned in 9th grade the predominance of my fellow attendees were not there to learn, but rather to engage in things I did not or did not want to understand. My mother picked up on this, and realizing how very difficult it was for me, searched for alternatives until I was cozy in a group homeschooling situation.

These experiences affect my personal educational developmental philosophy, as does my gender, spirituality and socio-economic status and I intend to find the ways these relate to that philosophy. “True professionals know not only what they are to do, but also are aware of the principles and reasons for acting. Experience alone does not make a person a professional adult educator. The person must be also be able to reflect deeply upon the experience he or she has had” (Elias & Merriam, 1980, p. 9).

 

Personal Educational Developmental Philosophy

As an educator I seek to create an environment that attracts and holds learners, moving them towards the objectives of the state requirements, but outside of that I believe people learn best when they are free to explore ideas they are curious about. I think nurturing this innate curiosity outside of the confines of requirements is where real progress is made. In following that belief a teacher could plan instructions by asking what the learners what their interests are, not only to show that their interests matter, but that they could make a difference.

This philosophy stems from my own freedom to follow my curiosity. I was raised under avoidant agnostic conditions but was allowed to come to my own conclusions based on what I was interested in. This hands-off approach lead me to appreciate religion and find faith in an organic manner. The impacts of my actions in my role as a professional educator is hopefully one of inspiration. I look forward to finding a resonance between requirements and what is on the hearts and minds of the youth, and in these moments cultivating the self-awareness, self-assessment and self-confidence that are oh so necessary for progress.

Another of my philosophies lies in being a facilitator rather than a director thereby instilling resilience in having courageous conversations and difficult discussions. I feel most successful in situations that are structured, and then finding the ways we can be flexible within them. I believe good educators start planning instruction by considering the end behaviors they are looking for and finding ways to produce them and using the learners feelings to accomplish objectives. This comes from an appreciation for clear goals, and wiggle room within them, and from the times that a teacher has acknowledged my non-verbal cues and engaged me for a response to the materials instead of bulldozing over them to get what they want done.

In an image of my ideal self, I am the instructor that is successful when the learners have awareness of social and political issues and are willing to explore the impacts of these on their lives, and while I feel compelled to the importance of such things I doubt I will feel capable to practice the concept. This is my ideal self, because it wasn’t until college that a teacher felt comfortable and knowledgeable enough to engage his class in this way (bio-chemistry and nuclear sciences). I find myself wishing for these interactions earlier in life to better prepare my future self.

Resources

Elias, J. L., & Merriam, S. (1980). Philosophical foundations of adult education.

Huntington, NY: Robert E. Krieger Publishing Co.

Authentic Applications

How one learns is just as important as what one learns. It wasn’t until college that I finally learned how, and if we can get that into the lives of people earlier I feel like this would increase the potential for societal growth. Having exciting curriculum creates engagement,  finding ways to make the subject interesting provides the value and makes the subject worth knowing. People remember the intention behind content, not so much the memorization of it.
 –
I particularly liked the application of the first amendment in these cases, although I get the impression that teachers do not feel as free to express controversial view in lectures and readings as would be put forth from the Sweezy v. new Hampshire (1957) case.
 –
Regardless, these I found interesting:
Barnette v. W.V. Board of Education (West Virginia, 1940): Enforcing flag salute on Jehovah’s Witnesses abridged their First Amendment rights as they considered the pledge an objectionable oath. The court goes on to say that all Constitutional privileges are protected in school settings (cp. “disruptive to the educational environment”).
 –
McCollum v. Illinois Board of Education (Illinois, 1948): Forbids thirty minute voluntary religious classes on public school premises, court notes that the First Amendment “erected a wall between the church and state which must be kept high and inpregnable.” A precedent-setting decision for strong separation.
 –
Sweezy v. New Hampshire (1957): Affirms First Amendment freedom of teachers to express controversial views in lectures and readings.
 –
Pickering v. Board of Education (1967): Affirms teachers’ First Amendment rights to publically criticize the school administration in a professional and informed manner, an important “freedom of expression” ruling.
 –
Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District (1969): Court rules in favor of students’ right to express opinions on controversial subjects (i.e., armbands to protest the Vietnam War) as long as it does not interfere with normal school activities.
 –
Wisconsin Board of Education v. Yoder (Wisconsin, 1972): Amish successfully sue for right to complete school after finishing the eighth grade. Court rules that the state must place First Amendment religious freedom above its interest for compulsory secondary education.
 –
Board of Education v. James (1972): Teachers have the same rights and reasonable limitations as students with regard to freedom of expression in school setting
 –
Bethel School District (WA) v. Fraser (1986): First Amendment rights to freedom of speech do not prevent school officials from disciplining a student for the use of lewd and offensive language.

All Things Considered

Ellis wrote about the fact that “The Melting Pot” never really happened. In the sense that in this melting pot old customs would be left behind, languages would be forgotten and differences would be melted together.  I appreciated the shout out to the fact that teaching immigrants to read and write English was an incredibly difficult task that had never been attempted before.  They did this so that the disadvantage of not knowing the language could give them the tools to rise above the lower stratum. In essence to get better jobs,  and it isn’t for the faint of heart to challenge this idea.

So during this time (late 1800’s early 1900’s) it looked like this melting pot might happen! Ellis contributes a few culturally damaging circumstances out of this zeal for assimilation, like negative stereotypes, racism, discrimination, and segregation (Ellis, 4). I appreciated his honesty in saying that perhaps the teaching profession is that of a reactive and defensive posture. That “Teachers have been demoralized by tight budgets, declining enrollments and increasingly hostile public” (Ellis, 5). He does offer some hope in our ability to understand, and therefore increase of understanding through exposure.

This note from him about Robert Muller was particularly touching, as it relates to my future profession:

United Nations official Robert Muller recently noted that a child born today into a world of 4 billion people will, if he or she reaches the age of sixty be sharing the earth with three times that many human beings. Muller goes on to say that “A child born today will be both an actor and a beneficiary or a victim in the total world fabric, and he may rightly ask: ‘Why was I not warned? Why was I not better educated? Why did my teachers not tell me about these problems and indicate my behavior as a member of an interdependent human race?” (Ellis, 7).
He goes on to offer advice based on recommendations from Gilliom and Remy on how to gain global education. My particular favorite is that global education should involve learning for something, rather than about something (Ellis, 8).

P.S. I wish there was an end of chapter “culture inventory” questions posted as the paper suggests.

 

Search for Meaning

Millennia of experience can help provide the sense of cultural legacy to build the moral sense within young people. The treasure of accumulated knowledge is now dependent on curiosity and available through technology. Herbart in the age of enlightenment came to the imperative that education is to cultivate humanity to a natural morality. That the educational challenge isn’t to impart knowledge but to promote students desire to be good and productive citizens.

With this age, I find people to be self guided in their search for meanings in the teachings technology provides. Making the responsibility to find persuasive means to move their understandings to a position that it is in their best interest and the interests of others around them to promote social values even more pressing. This responsibility is also spread out to not only the academic teachers, but the teachers of the general public. I am finding suggestible youth in public forums being guided by these public teachers unburdened by responsibility of immediate personal consequence. I feel more-so now then ever, that as a society “rising tides lifts all boats” (not in relation to the economy) and have hope that we can all move forward together in our search for meaning.

 

 

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.