Tag Archives: constructivism

Know Yourself

A question I often ask of new teachers is “Do you know yourself?” This is commonly met with a quizzical and puzzled look. Yet knowing who we are, how we think, what we believe, how we respond, and how we … Continue reading

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The Origin of Ideas

Where is the origin of ideas? How are they formed? I brought an Inventors’ Congress to Hinckley Elementary when I taught there many years ago. I had an inventor come to meet with the fifth grade. One of the comments … Continue reading

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Drawing out knowledge: What it means to be a constructivist teacher from the voices of the learner

“The single most important factor influencing learning is what the learner already knows.” David Ausubel  A constructivist learning framework is based on the idea that students come into our classrooms with pre-existing knowledge. Our task as teachers is to structure … Continue reading

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The Pedagogy of Equus, Post #3: The Experiential Nature of Learning

The Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) approach to facilitating a client’s journey to greater insight into their own mental health offers a strong, clear context for the mental health professional. I recently had the pleasure of completing a … Continue reading

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You’re Tampering With Our Minds

I enjoy teaching, particularly teaching elementary science methods. We began the spring semester by moving right into a mode of “doing” science with an exploration of density – observed through sinking and floating. We returned to explorations of density in … Continue reading

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Making Mistakes

Above the door to my son’s third grade teacher’s classroom door hung a sign that said, “Make Mistakes”. That was a perfect message for our son that struggled with a sense of perfectionism that didn’t leave space for making mistakes. … Continue reading

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