e is an inspirational speaker that is billed as the Queen of the Empowered Soul. She runs a blog radio station and Matt Fok is CEO of elearningzoom.com and EZ EXPO.
Daphne has decided to get me to produce her blog radio spot which has plenty of space for other people to do their own shows. Thanks to modern technology everyone can participate from anywhere in the world.
Having visited Keiser University (private for-profit) in Florida in July for my PhD residency, I discovered a college that really is bringing in the minority students into a variety of careers. Our class was on the 3rd floor and one day as I was going in I was surrounded by 4 girls that looked 18-20 and they asked if I was part of the PhD program and how it was. You see I go everywhere in a baseball cap so most of the time people are not afraid to approach me. Now these were all black and I am white. I was so pleased at the family atmosphere I felt with incredible diversity. My mission is Peace and I know that the more we can set an example in America of how everyone can get along the more we can change the world.…
capacity to read and comprehend what they are reading has not increased over the tenure of NCLB. Once again this under-funded education policy has nothing to do with success and has everything to do with politics and beaurocracy. The concept that a standardized test can force our nation’s schools to succeed in educating our children is a failed one.
For the past few months I have talked about how this program is failing our children. This is an easy thing to do. It is more difficult to try and find solutions that will make our schools stronger. Last year, Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital in New Hampshire contacted me and asked if I would be interested in working with them on public care issues that was financially supported by a grant from Howard Hughes Medical Institute. I told them I would be interested in working with them on the grant.
Working with the Dartmouth people I discovered that many grants offered by the National Science Foundation and privately funded organizations striving to motivate our students toward science and mathematics has community outreach aspects written into the grant itself. In other words, many colleges and universities can only have access to federal or private grant money if they reach out to their communities. What could be a better way to motivate my students than to get them interested in state-of-the-art activities at some of our more prestigious colleges and universities?
Using the Dartmouth Grant I connected my anatomy & physiology students with Beth Israel Hospital, which is the teaching hospital for Harvard University. At the hospital they were able to tour a brand new pulmonary unit, watch a pulmonary procedure on cancer patients via video feed and work with life-sized, anatomically correct robot like-simulated patients. There were no tests after this experience. No multiple choice questions to see if they learned what some instructor, politician, or national testing company deemed they should know. They were simply motivated to study for their future in a science they thought interesting.
It is critical to get our students motivated early. Working with Boston University Medical School’s City Lab I sent down 40 sixth and seventh graders to study biotechnology. They worked with sickle cell anemia and forensics. They used micro-pipettes and electrophoresis tables in order to become enthralled in a science that will become a part of all their lives. Like the anatomy students there were no tests to be taken, no comparisons to other schools, and no threat of taking funds away. There was only learning taking place. Learning that will evolve into motivation that will evolve into a future for both themselves and their society.
There are many National Science Foundation studies going on in all of the states of our nation desperately trying to motivate our young to go into science and mathematics. Nano-technology or the study of very small things is the new science spreading through most of our universities and industries. The philosophy of our public education system should be all about getting institutions of higher learning to expose our kids to real life scientific experiences and get them charged up about science. The concept that standardized tests will save our public education system is and should be dead. By the way, all of these programs do not cost the tax payers a dime. All the schools have to do is give their teachers time to promote the programs. They can get this time by scrapping the concept of teaching to a test that means absolutely nothing.
The only positive for the No Child Left Behind program is its name.…
id who was always drawing pictures of airplanes. It may have been 93' as well now that I look at my original message to you. I believe it was the year of the snow storm, or the year after. (I was only at Morris Park for half of 2nd grade and 3rd grade).
I wound up at Washburn Sr. High, where I did graduate in 2001. I could never say that the Minneapolis Public School system hindered my education, only that I did with my own lack of diligence. I could have done far better then I did, but I didn't apply myself the way I needed to.
Anyway, I enjoy talking with teachers that I've had over the years. I do occasionally chat with my 1st grade teacher Laurie Hanzal (which reminds me that I will send her an email today too).. If you don't mind I'd like to stay in touch. I think these relationships can be invaluable and always a pleasant opportunity to bring back fond memories.
Again, hope you don't mind if I keep in touch. Ill send you a private message with my real email address.
"class" in reality & on-line at the same time. I beleive in manners and respect (an old-school belief), to my children I am "dad," my friends may use my first name, I prefer my students and people I don't know to call me Mr. Madsen. Familiarity breeds contempt.
I use social networking and I am expanding how I use it, my experience so far:
* Facebook - friends & relatives, people who are (or were) in my social circles during my life; won't "friend" anyone I don't know directly (won't add friend-of-friend unless referal comes too)
* Linked-In - professional network, former colleagues I've had direct experience working with and whom I respect in their professional behavior / career path; occassional (but rare) overlap with Facebook friends; have used for job searching
* Ning - new to this service; private network option is wonderful! Member of my Corporate Library Group (nationwide spread so this is ideal for us) happy to apply "limits" to who joins & when
I can't see expanding my social networking too extensively because I am not a fan of multiple-multitasking and, frankly, I like to "unplug" and enjoy reality without an electronic tether... For all the "immediacy" of current business practice, unless the field is medicine, most stuff is simply "not that important"…
Greek High School -Turkey
Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Turkey - Istanbul
Language in Which You Will Present: English
Target Audience(s): Teachers in general
Short Session Description (one line): Guided Discovery Learning in ELT CLasses
Full Session Description (as long as you would like):
In this webinar of Guided Discovery Learning Evridiki will briefly introduce the theory behind and the technique itself including its pros and cons. She will also share an interesting and very practical example of her class to prove that Guided Discovery Learning is not as complicated and difficult as some assume but a simple and effective, yet enjoyable technique which engages learners and enables them be active participants in their own learning.
Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session: http://evridikidakos.edublogs.org