Who Has Seen the Wind
"Nobody can see the wind,
Neither you nor I,
But when the trees bow down their heads,
The wind is passing by."
Innovative Thinking in Education
Popular in 19th century America, Broadsides were single sheets of paper, printed only on one side, that were meant to provide information to the public.
model the technique
child centered design
concepts, not rules
assessment of and for learning
real world connections
student - developed rubrics
community of learners
self - monitoring
concepts before procedures
learning to be green
Brain - Based Education
design principles based on brain-based research:
student created materials and products are evident on bulletin boards and
for group learning
such as tables and desks grouped together, to stimulate social skills and
cooperative work groups. Have
comfortable furniture and couches available for casual discussion areas.
Carpeted areas with large pillows for those who prefer not the work at a
desk or table.
indoor and outdoor spaces
students can move about using their motor cortex for more brain oxygenation.
that provide different lighting, and nooks and crannies.
Many elementary children prefer the floor and under tables to work
with a partner.
displays in the classroom
provide a stimulating situations for brain development.
Have students create stage sets where they can act out scenes from
their readings or demonstrate a science principle or act out a dialogue
between historical figures.
educational, physical and a variety of setting within the classroom so that
learning activities can be integrated easily.
Computers areas, wet areas, experimental science areas should be in
close proximity to one another. Multiple
functions and sensory of learning is our goal.
and passive places:
need quiet areas for reflection and retreat from others to use intrapersonal
community at large:
As an optimal
learning environment teachers
need to find ways to fully use city space and natural space to use as a
primary learning setting. Technology,
distance learning, community and business partnerships, all need to be
explored by educational institutions.
Enrichment. The brain can grow new connections at any age. Challenging, complex experiences with appropriate feedback are best. Cognitive skills develop better when integrated with music and motor skills.