If you’re willing to be puzzled, you can learn. If you’re not willing to be puzzled, and you just copy down what you’re told … you just become a replica of someone else’s mind.
Nature is simple, and it’s the task of the scientist to show that it’s simple.
Legendary linguist, philosopher, and cognitive scientist Noam Chomsky adds to history’s finest definitions of science in the altogether fantastic Is The Man Who is Tall Happy? by Michel Gondry. Trailer below:
Pair with Chomsky on the purpose of education.
This. My students need to learn this.
Putting that quote up in my classroom. THIS. WEEK.
I have this argument with students every week. Writing notes is not learning. ohmagod.(via msleahhbicoftheartroom)
William Arthur Ward (via purplebuddhaproject)
First, a good teacher should probably be doing all of these things in the process of teaching a topic. Second, no student is going to be inspired by every topic or every teacher, though, and certainly not every teaching style. This quote bugs me every time I see it. There are lots of great teachers working in lots of great ways to meet the needs of lots of different kinds of students. If you’re getting a good chunk of them to feel enthusiastic and doing your best to meet the needs of the rest, you’re a good teacher. End.
No, wait, not end, because I have another comment: I and plenty of other people do learn best from the independent reading—>lecture—>discussion—>independent reflection model. I need that model. Other models don’t work for me. Integrating other methods is great, but throwing that model out with the bathwater isn’t helpful, either.
YEAH. WHAT SHE SAID.(via girlwithalessonplan)
American Humane Society (via maninsun)
My mom was always so good about this.
My students are kind of shocked when I make mistakes and apologize to them, especially if I have had a bad class previously and my temper doesn’t settle quickly enough (I am quick to correct even minor behavior issues harshly).
Agreed, it’s also important to let them know if you are having a bad day. That influences your behaviour and sometimes you do and say things you wouldn’t normally. I often let my students know if I am tired, or have a headache. I want them to know I am human, that I might be cranky and not myself, and that it is okay to tell people when you are not at your best. Perhaps that will allow them to let me know if they are feeling similarly and that their behaviour might be the result of something outside of their control.