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Walk alongside

The EAGALA method of equine assisted learning is based on the emergence of metaphor to raise and refine meaning and understanding. I just finished my second trip through the initial training. In one session, we were asked to work in … Continue reading

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May the Wind Be Always at Your Back (or not)

“May the wind be always at your back,” I would tell my daughter as she prepared for a cross country meet. On bike tours, my wife and I would delight when a friendly tail wind pushed our weary muscles along. … 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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Framework for Teaching: The Power of Science for Engagement

I recently had the chance to share with students completing their student teaching some of the things I have garnered throughout my career that have served to inform my teaching. It was satisfying to be able to pull together these … Continue reading

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Work?

I’m tired. My muscles are worn. My face feels weathered. I worked physically harder today than I have for a long time. Yet I feel great. When is work not work? How is it that I can put in a … 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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Taking the Time to Teach

As we explored the concept of density through investigations with floating friction, one pair of preservice teachers wondered if the size of the container holding the water would affect the buoyancy of the apple they we observing. They carefully outlined … Continue reading

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