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 […]

Video Games: Educational Tool or Agression-Maker?

I’ve never been a gamer. I’ve never understood the appeal of spending multiple hours interacting with a static screen; I’d   rather read a good book that truly has the power to transport me to another time and space while challenging my conceptual understanding or sense of self. Moreover, I’ve always considered the negative aspects […]

The Role of Phonemes in Dyslexia

In our human development class, we were asked to choose a chapter to read and present to the rest of the class; partners could sign-up for one of five options. I chose chapter 16 Why Some Smart People Can’t Read because I am primarily a middle school language arts/social studies teacher; since I hadn’t read […]

From Pedagogic Creed to Practice: Putting Words into Motion in the Classroom

“I believe that every teacher should realize the dignity of his calling; that he is a social servant set apart for the maintenance of proper social order and the securing of the right social growth” (John Dewey , 1897). Education is indeed, as Dewey notes, a profession of service. Educators are both entrusted and charged […]

Elementary, My Dear Watson: Sternberg’s Balance Theory of Wisdom

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. ~Jimi Hendrix Relevancy is a popular catch phrase in education these days. The virtues of creating lessons anchored in a curriculum that speaks to learner interests and motivation is extolled in nearly every educational journal article, textbook and staff professional development meeting; without a doubt, there are brain-based reasons why […]