February, 2018

Changing Viewpoints: Retell a Story

Creative fluency is improved when we can see an issue, object or person from more than one viewpoint. When we get stuck in looking at things from one point of view or in only one context, we limit the possible ideas and solutions we may find. On a social/emotional level, seeing things from different angles helps develop empathy and understanding of those who are different from ourselves. As children grow, they will find themselves in Read More →

A New Slant on Homework

Homework has traditionally meant practicing skills learned at home and/or reading material to be covered in class the next day. Even in the “flipped classroom,” homework is often a video version of a textbook or lecture. Traditionally, homework keeps children in the house, away from nature and meaningful interactions with others. In the rapidly evolving new world, children will need more than ever to be able to apply the knowledge and skills learned in school Read More →

Make a Personal Connection

Learning and remembering new concepts and procedures are much more likely when people can connect new learning to old learning and/or present viewpoints.In addition, when children can make a personal connection, they will become more engaged and what they are learning will have more personal significance. Making a personal connection, especially at the beginning of a lesson is a simple but powerful activity.  Objectives for Children: To connect the object of the lesson to what Read More →

New World Teaching

The New World Teacher must be both scientist and artist. The scientist seeks clues as to the creative and other strengths of each child. The artist designs experiences to foster individual strengths and develop 21st thinking. These roles require the following actions: RESEARCH Identify and nurture the cognitive and other strengths of each child. Find out as much as you can about what is unique about each child. Even a child’s favorites or interests provide good Read More →