Just a quick post to remind you of a few things.
- Please complete our mid-term survey!
- You can find the assignment for next week here, and the syllabus has been revised as well.
- Jenny shared a fascinating article with us and we are passing it along to you. It raises questions about context/culture that are central to the design work for this class, such as how does a theory of learning fit with the theories of learning that students, teachers, and parents already have? Comparative Pedagogies and Epistemological Diversity: Social and Materials Contexts of Teaching in Tanzania
I’m also including a message from Alia about a great opportunity for you all to participate in:
I wanted to invite all of you to an opportunity to see schools selected by the NYC Dept. of Education showcasing promising practices. The new initiative under the Office of Interschool Collaborative Learning is designed to promote collaboration and strong practices by showcasing 17 schools that exhibit strong practices.
We are showcasing schools in all five boroughs from November 5th through November 21st. Each Showcase is a half-day visit where you will meet the principal, hear about each schools’ strong practice, see classrooms in action and listen to a teacher and/or student panel. We are Showcasing a variety of schools and practices such as Pre-K, social studies, dual language instruction, arts education, special education, teacher development and career and technical education.
Attached( Fall_showcase_schools_visits)is the landing page which links to the registration page if you are interested in attending any of the Showcase events. We have a few slots open, however I encourage you to register as soon as possible.
This is a great opportunity to see some great schools and strong practices right here in New York City! Hope some of you can make it.
Finally, I’m including a short video of a progressive, “student-centered” school called the Burgess Hill School started in England in the 1960s. As the narrator states, “England has long been famous for its educational establishments, the freedom of choice of schools and for their political and social toleration. But here’s a boarding school where youth is not merely allowed but encouraged to have its fling.” You can find the longer video here.