What is the “It” factor when it comes to teaching and learning? Does it come from the student, the teacher, the school model or the parent? One could probably make an argument for each of these contributing factors which help to shape our youth. I would like to dig a little deeper at the “It” factor through the lens of engaging teaching opportunities facing youth today.
Last week was my Fall Break and I had a fantastic week with my wife, daughters, and parents (who were in from out of town). We ventured to an apple orchard, Indianapolis’s gorgeous downtown library, our daughter’s favorite store (Dick’s Sporting Goods), and the Indianapolis Children’s Museum.
What do I want from my students? I want them to push back. I want them to disagree. I want them to tell me where I’m wrong, and to hear where they are wrong.
Classical education is education; everything else is a later modification. Almost all American educational methods trace their origins to this splendid combination of Athens and Jerusalem. The result of Greek philosophy and Jewish revelation is the incarnation of education in Christendom: fully human and fully divine.
We currently live in a time when a dinner conversation can quickly turn to education. Many folks have an opinion to share and thoughts to expand. Media and politics have quickly turned education into a topic much like weather, politics and the market report.
I correct people. A lot. In fairness to me, being a teacher requires that I sometimes correct people; in fact, I even get paid to do so.
Every Tuesday, Intersections features a post from Emily, Justin’s wife.
Have you ever watched a rodent run on its wheel? Ever seen the nearly frantic look in his eye before he decides he MUST get off? But that’s what our society seems to promote, isn’t it? Do more. Have more. Get it all done. Never stop running.
Fitness and nutrition are topics that most people do not enjoy talking about let alone taking part in. I used to be one of those people. I do not write this as a guilt trip for you to go run a mile and feel better or to go eat a salad and call it a day.