Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Kids will have almost 50 different teachers by the time that they graduate from high school. Each of those teachers gives themslves the right and duty to try to mold and 'enlighten' their students in various ways and to varying degrees. It is often an unwritten and self-proclaimed right that is rooted in the well-intentioned goal to make the kid a better person.

I beleive that this process should be a two-way street. I believe that students can mold teachers and their practices almost to the same degree. Kids watch teachers, evaluate them, and freely communicate those feelings and evaluations to their friends, but rarely to the teachers themselves.

The purpose of this blog is to serve as an online suggestion box and discussion forum about a few things along those lines including:
  • What kind of (realistic) classroom environment is best for learning science?
  • How can kids know what they need in order to learn best and how can they communicate that with the teacher?
  • Given the number of kids in a village as well as the limited amount of teacher time and energy, what kind of interractions make a lesson most effective?

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Teacher of seventh grade life science in Sunnyvale and Director of the MERIT Teacher Technology Training Program at Foothill College..."Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology"