Posts by gtucker

  1. Day 16: Richard, Technology Specialist at the Lower School

    [ By on September 28, 2012 ]

    Today I gained a deeper appreciation for the capacity of my third-grade Tech students for risk-taking and honesty in discussion, and for how much I have to gain from open exchanges of ideas with them. Third grade is the first year our students are given their own personal computer accounts, and along with the trials of creating, setting and remembering one’s own password, we have been talking about responsible use of technology, and the application of the same rules of kindness and courtesy that we strive for in all other aspects of our lives to our behavior in the online world. We’ve discussed the idea of owning our own actions, both in terms of feeling good about what we do ...

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  2. Day 12: Don, Director of the Learning Research Team of the Lower School

    [ By on September 21, 2012 ]

    Today, I began to learn the meaning of the word autopoietic.  A literal translation for autopoietic might be ‘self-creating.’  In an article I have been reading, Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century, Cathy Fosnot, a math educator with powerful ideas,  borrows the word from biology and applies it to learning theory.  A phrase in this article really grabbed me: “..., in reality constructivism is not a theory of teaching; it is a theory about learning.”  For those who do not know, the essence of constructivist learning theory is that knowledge and understanding are constructed - not acquired.  You cannot just go out and get some knowledge; somebody cannot simply give you some ...

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  3. Day 9: Ricky, English teacher, Upper and Middle School

    [ By on September 14, 2012 ]

    I’m thirty six years old as I’m writing this, and I’ve decided that I am no longer cynical. The only paychecks I’ve ever gotten as a full-time employee have been for teaching English. Maybe I’ll do this for another thirty years, and maybe I won’t. I don’t know. There are a lot of reasons that teachers burn out. And as many reasons as there are for moving on in life, trying something new, I keep finding more reasons to continue teaching. For example, kids figure things out about themselves right in front of you. There are no more empathetic, or critical, readers than teenagers. Hardened adults may love the poetry of a particular writer, the sounds she makes when she puts words ...

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  4. Day 4: Susan, English Teacher, Middle and Upper School

    [ By on September 07, 2012 ]

    Today, the fourth day of the new school year, I learned – as I am reminded each year – that my students have the capacity to astonish me with the things they know and the connections they are sometimes able to help us make. You know, the joy of teaching.  In an 8th grade class, we were discussing a scene in The Book Thief in which a bonfire of books and other “poisonous moral matter” is arranged in celebration of Hitler’s birthday. While brainstorming about the word “burning” and situations in which fire figures in our everyday life (campfires, candles on birthday cakes, piles of autumn leaves), we remarked that the German townspeople who participate in ...

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