Posts Tagged ‘Learning’


     This is the character that my younger son is portraying in the upcoming play in German class.    Today, he is home from school and making a costume by making a hat and mask to go with a Halloween cape.   The only actual touching of the mask that I did was to help him create a prototype mask that he traced, cut, and painted.    Fortunately, I have learned to keep a variety of craft supplies on hand for creative school projects.     It really doesn’t help that I now understand that this teacher is encouraging multiple intelligences and creative learning styles – I had other things that I needed to get done today including last minute lesson plans.

     I was supposed to teach my first lesson this Friday but on Monday when I walked in, I was told that I needed to do it Wednesday and Thursday, which meant I had to distribute the pre-Lab immediately because there is no school today.   Yikes!   I was ready for my first lesson but the next one, which I was supposed to be next week, got moved up to Friday.    I guess this is the part where I learned to be fast on my feet and extremely flexible.   It might not be the lesson I hoped to put together but it will come together.


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Learning Styles

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     This week we did a learning style assessment based on the Silver Strong Survey.   The last time, I was assessed in this manner was a Myers-Briggs assessment over a decade and two children ago.    At that time I was an ESTP – skewed almost completely to ST.   The Silver Strong Survey doesn’t deal in the first and last letters of the Myers-Briggs scale but my result for this assessment was a fairly strong skew to NT.   Have I changed?   Do I really learn differently?  

     I do think that one of the most important things that a teacher can do is to provide a variety of ways for students to access the material.  One of the readings for this week by Gallard (1992) discusses the importance of embedding context in the classroom as a way of addressing diversity including cultural differences.  He never used the word inquiry or hands-on science but that is certainly one implication.   Science appears to be universal in that observations and tools are common across cultures and languages; learning, however, is incorporating new information into existing knowledge, which is culture based.  

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