July, 2015

Learner-Centered

Brain research tells us that each brain is unique and that while most of us have the same basic hardware, our brains are personalized by our unique genetic endowments and our interactions with the world around us. This means we do not think and learn in the same way and that this fact should be taken into account by us educators. Many educational programs today purport to be “learner-centered,” but what does that mean? For Read More →

How Do You See a Child?

Anyone who teaches a child has a theory or point of view concerning what a child is—even if they are not aware of it. Each theory can be explained in one or more metaphors. These theories are important because they drive a parent or teacher’s choices of experiences, curriculum and instruction for children. Here are some examples: Metaphor: A text score. Some people see a child only as a standardized assessment score as seen in Read More →

Texture

Texture provides us with important information from all our senses. Texture is an important visual cue that works with shape, line, color and other information to help us separate one object from another and to infer the dimensionality of an object. For example, without touching a surface, we might determine, “It looks like wood.” Many artists have learned how to mimic real-life textures and create still life’s and other enriched works. Visual texture has been Read More →