Standard 4 Meta-reflection: Pedagogy [EDU 6526: Instructional Strategies]

As I work my way through the Curriculum and Instruction program at Seattle Pacific University, I find my capacity for self-reflection increasing in prodigious ways. Now, I don’t mean prodigious in the extraordinary or phenomenal or even exceptional sense, I truly am not that smitten with my own thinking. When I say prodigious, I mean […]

Standard 2 Meta-reflection: Learning Environment [EDU 6655 Human Development]

Standard 2 Learning Environment Creates and maintains school-wide and classroom environments that are safe, stable, and empowering.    Neuromyths Quiz One of the final tasks we were asked to engage in to round-off our Human Development class was really quite simple; it was the re-taking of a “Neuromyths” quiz as a means to jump start […]

Punished by Rewards: A Review

Book Review: Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise, and Other Bribes by Alfie Kohn (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1993)  Twenty years later, Alfi Kohn’s controversial book Punished by Rewards is, well, still controversial. At the crux of Kohn’s argument is a decidedly anti-behaviorist sentiment that begins with John Watson then […]

Old/New Rules Prezi Style

I’ve spent a substantial chunk of time working on a project for my Human Relations class. We were to create a presentation on one aspect of classical education theory including recommendations about how to hold this in relation to the new research in the field… no small task. After much worrying, harrumphing and thought, I […]