There’s a common misunderstanding among all the human beings who have ever been born on the earth that the best way to live is to try to avoid pain and just try to get comfortable. You can see this even in insects and animals and birds. All of us are the same.
A much more interesting, kind, adventurous, and joyful approach to life is to begin to develop our curiosity, not caring whether the object of our inquisitiveness is bitter or sweet. To lead a life that goes beyond pettiness and prejudice and always wanting to make sure that everything turns out on our own terms, to lead a more passionate, full, and delightful life than that, we must realize that we can endure a lot of pain and pleasure for the sake of finding out who we are and what this world is, how we tick and how our world ticks, how the whole thing just is.
A new report released yesterday from a panel convened by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) says teachers need to be trained in a model more akin to doctors going through residency—a sort of collaborative apprenticeship with more experienced instructors that offers clinical experience to better prepare them for the rigors of their actual classroom.
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I think this is a very interesting thought, and perhaps would have better results than handing a first year teacher the classroom keys and wishing them luck.
“I think there needs to be a call to action on mentorship, that funds must be devoted to this method of learning, and that we need to make it an essential part of the teaching profession, instead of something that only some teachers are able to participate in. At a time when more and more teachers are retreating from others, backing into the relative safety of their classrooms, we need to inspire each other, work for change together, and talk to other teachers about what goes on in our classrooms. We need mentorship to deal with all of the new ideas coming at us, to temper them through discussion with another. We need mentorship to restore the passion in those teachers who are overwhelmed, undertrained, overworked and misunderstood.”
During our professional development, we stress to administrators the importance of supporting those first teachers (or first followers) trying to do PBL in the schools . We also use the term “first followers” when it comes to the states that will hopefully join PBL innovators like West Virginia DOE, our biggest client.
How to nurture first followers?
Administrators are always asking how they could “start” or support a PBL movement in their school/district. One way to help movement is to get barriers out of the way
The Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) PS1 telescope has discovered an asteroid that will come within 4 million miles of Earth in mid-October. The object is about 150 feet in diameter and was discovered in images acquired on September 16, when it was about 20 million…
“A print-based culture, as writer Neil Postman pointed out, demands rationality. The sequential, propositional character of the written word fosters what Walter Ong calls the “analytic management of knowledge.” But our brave new world of images dispenses with these attributes because the images do not require them to be understood. Communication in the image-based culture is not about knowledge. It is about the corporate manipulation of emotions, something logic, order, nuance and context protect us against. Thinking, in short, is forbidden.”—Chris Hedges: Retribution for a World Lost in Screens - Chris Hedges’ Columns - Truthdig