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Hub of Creation + Existence = KIDS

Day 2 of missing my boys (ages 16 & 12) as they are away at a soccer fest in Knoxville, TN for a week. By the time they get back I will be in Melbourne, AUS, so far away that I can’t even think about it. However, the point being I have missing them so much, it’s hard to convey. Meanwhile they are happy to be away from a nagging ‘mom.’ Which leads me to think that for all of us out there wearing different hats, we do love children.  Otherwise we can’t be in the mommy/teacher business could we?

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Research on Weblogs: Positive Impact on Students

Okay reading on, Fernette & Eide’s Neurolearning Blog (2005) research on Weblogs in schools, in that it : promotes critical & analytical thinking; nurtures creative, intuitive, & associational thinking; analogical thinking; a medium for increasing access & exposure to quality information; combines the best of solitary reflection & social interaction.

A ton of schools have adopted this as part of the curriculum creating a safe-space within their portals. Older students are able to use it with ease. My thoughts are with adequate scaffolding, primary learners (who are so tech savvy) will enjoy putting their literacy skills to work, thus keeping up with the times.

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The Tie-Dye, Ba…

The Tie-Dye, Batik experience showed me an added layer to the fact that:

“Apprenticeship has two parts: (1) observing “experts”doing what you are trying to learn to do, and (2) performing, that is, actually trying to do it yourself as well as you can” (Lindfors, 2008, p. 65).

What it revealed was “collaboration,” as the kids and I navigated through the art, coloring our body parts in the process, but very happy with the outcome. 

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Who Am I?

What is your personality style?

1) Dolphin: idealist, enthusiast, inspirational, sooperative

2) Beaver: guardian, dutiful, cautious, stabilizing

3) OwL: traditional, pragmatic, rational, strategic

4) Fox: focused on here & now, trouble-shootong

We need to be sure of who we are to make a difference.

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Creativity: Do we all have hope?

On Being Creative

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Service Learning: Shrinking the Globe using ‘Skype’

So what if  you can’t be in another part of the world.  The world is now smaller than what meets the eye–thanks to ‘skype.’   Over the next 2 weeks, I will be using this cool tool to teach a series of 3 lessons to the children of Promise in Calcutta, India.  Using ‘dual language’ texts (Bengali -to-English), the idea is to read a fable, a text on sports, and a math text.  All three are picture books.  After I read it to them in both languages, we’ll discuss the themes. The teachers there will create charts and then the children will create multi-genre written texts.

So hopefully this will be an enriching experience for all of us.  I know for sure it’ll make me more tech savvy, and hopefully I will be able to upload some snapshots of it.

 

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Children for Children

How great will it be when every child on this planet can be empowered to think for each other…be agents for change, shoulder-to-shoulder. As an educator and as a mother this is what I pray for…and collectively we can make it happen. Support this cause and you help reshape the world…the future.

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Welcome to my Blog

This is a drawing board, an ongoing venue to sound out new ideas, recycle old ones that worked and remix.

Come join me as we CREATE & REUSE.

Happy Blogging!

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