om their environment, what they observe. When it comes to a classroom setting and early childhood education, I believe that the "teaching" of self directed learning starts here. Unfortunately in our school system today, teachers are spread too thin, with too many students at a time with diverse learning needs. Thus, we have created a curriculum that is middle of the line and stifles the growth of the quick learner and leaves behind those students who are in need of more assistance.
I believe that having computer and online access for students at a very young age if used properly can and will encourage students to explore their interests and to find new ways of learning. Whether it is the use of online access or other educational tools, I believe that children should be encouraged from a very early age to explore the entire world. When childrent are "forced" so to speak to stick to a specific curriculum and not encouraged to go beyond it, we teach them to do what is necessary to get by instead of using their initative to go beyond and explore.
When children are learning from an early age the value and reward of self directed learning, it will continue on in them and have a greater impact at the university level. Otherwise, we will continue in a system that encourages the masses to do just what is necessary to get their degree they need to get the job they want.…
at can assist EFL learners in their specific language skills development and based on Sir Ken Robinson´s three principles for the mind to flourish, the presenter wants to encourage educators to rethink and re-envision the learning possibilities in the EFL classroom.…
School or Organization Name: Casa Thomas Jefferson
Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Brazil
Language in Which You Will Present: English
Target Audience(s): Language Educators
Short Session Description (one line):
Through a guided tour of the different multimedia-rich applications that can assist EFL learners in their specific language skills development and based on Sir Ken Robinson´s three principles for the mind to flourish, the presenter wants to encourage educators to rethink and re-envision the learning possibilities in the EFL classroom.
Full Session Description (as long as you would like):
The presenter will show the result her experience incorporating educational technology into lesson plans to foster student production and engagement beyond classroom walls. By showing some digital strategies to encourage language practice with a variety of digital tools and learner-generated examples, the presenter wants to encourage the international community of educators to explore those tools to promote successful learning experiences that can be flexibly adapted to diverse pedagogical contexts.
Through a guided tour of the different multimedia-rich applications that can assist EFL learners in their specific language skills development, the presenter will encourage educators to rethink the possibilities of the EFL/ESL classroom to promote student engagement and contextualized language production. To achieve the session goals, the presenter will blend in Sir Ken Robinson´s three crucial principles for the human mind to flourish - diversity, curiosity and creativity - with the potential of digital resources educators have at their disposal to pursue those principles in the classroom.
By the end of the talk, educators will be better informed on how to identify and find digital tools that suit their pedagogical goals, meet the interests and needs of their learners, bridging classroom activities with the principles that will make learners´ minds awaken and develop as they learn English.
Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session: http://carlaarena.com…
from other classrooms, parents, school boards and governments) encourages or stifles creativity.
And, as you watch Robinson, it's worth reflecting that his talk is geegaw-free (and still(!) fascinating).
If my mindset is (within the constraints of my employment) "how can I allow or encourage students to pursue thinking interests" then my broadcast is creativity-friendly at least, and there is life available yet! If my mindset is - "the moderating panel may investigate any element of my class activity, I must store, annotate, categorise and document every step which is taken" then my broadcast is conform, comply, paint within the lines, and creativity may get to be an onlooker, but not much more. (Documentation does have its place - let's keep it there!)
Teacher mindset + accessible tools give the richest openings (I'm one of those not sure that creativity can be taught - but I'd reckon Connie is able to infect students with it!). Mindset is prior. The rest can follow.…
erience can be a tool to encourage my students to be creative.
Next for me is that students do not like risk! They want clear and concise instructions on how to get the grade! I tell them and show them through action that taking a risk will not destroy their grade! Thus commitment to the learning process is important to me and then to them...
In designing assignments and class activity I try and allow the students to express what is important to them. Inspiration and Creativity often come from a personal place.
To inspire students we must also be inspired. Creativity is not an end result it is a process.
I could go on and on but this is enough for now...
I will jump back in later... When I an a bit more Creative.
I would encourage those interested in Creativity to read Creativity by Csikszentmihali
Also, look at creative people and talk with them... How do they define creativity... I do this often by interviewing people that I believe are creative.
Some times i have my students do the interviews!…