Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Consider that we cannot cure symptoms of dissatisfaction with the status quo.
What are these symptoms? Boredom, a lack of integrity, disaffection, disregardfulness, disrespect....basic hoi poloi syndrome.
This syndrome can be observed in both students and teachers. What is the cure? Not more of the same!
Shifting our shared school paradigms from the Industrial Era, which is over like bell-bottoms are over, to the happening Digital Revolution. Some call it by other names, like the rose.
- What if we did something scary and radical for a change?
- What if school above primary school were four days per week for several hours in the morning.
- What if MS and HS courses met once or twice per week and students actually completed collaborative research assignments online outside of class.
- What if teachers only taught four courses, but deeply taught them.
- What if teachers tutored individuals, led study groups, authored wikis/blogs, advised student clubs in the afternoons, and still got paid for an entire eight hours work.
We all know we work far more than eight hours anyway. What if? Will we dare to live our dreams?
A reposting of a blog post from early thoughts in 2007.....
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Recently an acquaintance said to me that I was the only person who acknowledged him. I jumped into action by asking my peers to level up and talk to one other person..about the weather, the grandchildren, anything.
My thoughts were echoed by friend Lady Mei, who asked peers to converse with others, be the light in their lives, acknowledge others.
Today, I read with pleasure a pertinent post by Angela Maiers
And then as if the heavens conspired, I read this from my friend Deyna
|By Antonio M. Mora García March 2010|
The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else's cloud. Somebody who may not look like you. May not call God the same name you call God - if they call God at all. I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That's what I think.Maya Angelou
So I am thinking that all this universal conspiring on several platforms is clearly telling me to be more, to jump higher, to run the course better and faster.
Addendum: This is a reposting of thoughts during my doctoral journey, which is far from over at this point. During this new year, I will be looking to level up and me the rainbow in somebody else's cloud.............
Posted by Lisa Durff at 3:00 AM
Sunday, February 14, 2016
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Or is it time to raise the bar?
I posted a query in a class discussion board yesterday morning. No response. I know had I posted on Twitter someone, even @paulrwood, would have responded. And this is the innovative climate to which I have grown accustomed. So do I become discouraged and give up or do I continue to raise the bar and insist that the education for which I am paying drag itself into the global era?
Siemens, G. (2008, January 27). Learning and knowing in networks: Changing roles for educators and designers. Paper presented to ITFORUM. Retrieved from http://it.coe.uga.edu/itforum/Paper105/Siemens.pdf
Update: This is a reposting of a post from 2010, during one of my doctoral courses at Walden. I would add that I now work with an innovator, an educator, and totally amazing lady who has been in 'my circle of the wise' since 2006 @coolcatteacher
Posted by Lisa Durff at 2:00 AM
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Posted by Lisa Durff at 1:00 AM
Sunday, February 7, 2016
Thursday, February 4, 2016
I do agree with Karl Kapp that different ways of learning are best explained by different theories and that teachers should not limit themselves to one theory but should be able to use an arsenal of methods (grounded in various theories) to educate students. Bill Kerr also considers each -ism to be valuable for various ways of understanding learning.
George Siemens connects the three first -isms to the three epistemological traditions or ways of looking at informations and knowledge.
Objectivism & Behaviorism
Pragmatism & Cognitivism
Interpretivism & Constructionism
Driscoll contends that Objectivism and Interpretivism are often considered as opposites and Pragmatism ties them together. (p. 13)
Piaget is a prominent cognitivist theorist who addressed the different developmental stages through which children grow. These stages are important to know for designing learning environments. Other cognitivist theorists have posited other useful ideas for teaching, like Vygotsky's ZPD, and Gardner's MI Theory. It should be noted that these theorists could fit into other theories as well. So while Kerr thinks -isms change, it may be better to change the -ism instead. The above mentioned posts are not so much about Cognitivism but about learning theories in general. All three men were involved in an an open course in 2008 called Connectivism & Connective Knowledge.
Driscoll, M. P. (2005). Psychology of learning for instruction (3rd ed.). Boston: Pearson Education, Inc.
Posted by Lisa Durff at 12:00 AM
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Ever since I took part in the CCK08 (Connectivesm and Connective Knowledge Online Course 2008) I have been intrigued with the learning theory that learning is about connections. It seems both George and Stephen have written reams, which I have barely touched, about this theory.
I learned the basic few in my formal schooling, namely
While reading about these learning theories, I found an article by William Cronon. He suggests, "A liberal education is about...the wisdom to connect." [Cronon, W. (2004). 10 Qualities of a Liberally Educated Person. The University of Wisconsin-Madison. Available at http://www.honors.ls.wisc.edu/SiteContent.aspx?prev=1& id=159 Accessed July 9, 2009.]
Those ten qualities are epitomized in those with whom I surround myself both online and offline:
- They listen and they hear.
- They read and they understand.
- They can talk to anyone.
- They can write clearly, persuasively, and movingly.
- They can solve a wide variety of puzzles and problems.
- They respect rigor, not so much for its own sake but as a way of seeking truth.
- They practice humility, tolerance, and self-criticism.
- They understand how to get things done in the world.
- They nurture and empower the people around them.
- They connect.
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This a reposting from right before I decided to go all out and head down the doctoral path....and I am still in awe of Angela Maiers.....
Posted by Lisa Durff at 9:00 AM