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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Letting students off the hook with learning?

In the Curriculum Innovation Team meetings (a grant Karl Fisch commandeered that has provided incredicle discussion, technology for our school, and challenges to our own teaching), we've been discussing what constructivism is and how we can empower students to take an active role in their own learning. Too often teachers are at the driver's seat of the classroom giving lectures from yellowed notes, handing out worksheets or copies of the PowerPoint the students are viewing, or doing the song-and-dance routine, trying to entertain our 5-second attention-span students.

As seniors getting ready to leave the grounds you've walked here at Arapahoe, give me your honest, sincere opinion on how to get kids engaged, enthralled with the content, and concerned about what they are learning, instead of just getting the grades and forgetting the info as soon as the test is turned in.

Reminder: I noticed last time, some of you did not write using your best grammar, spelling, or word choices. Please type your thoughts, but before you publish, reread, change, and look of words you think you might have spelled incorrectly. You are publishing to the web where anyone can see your work.

Thank you and as always, I look forward to hearing your thoughts. I treasure you all!