Thanks for your comment on my article "Announcing a new Species". I agree totally with what you say about how the Internet seems to be transforming our planet into a huge brain.
This is a very current idea in lots of fields right now, not only education. I belong to the World Mind Network, (worldmindnetwork.net) which explores this very notion. I'd love to invite you and your students to participate. It's a great way to investigate nature, evolution, and ecology, among many other things. Let me know.
Thanks for responding. My interest is in exposing my 9th grade students to alternative learning experiences. I would be interested in any ideas that you might have. As far as the project is concerned, I'm interested in forming a discussion group with other students. Let me know what you think
Hi Connie. Thanks for the invite. John Dewey as a hero. I can understand that ;-). You may be interested in this website: edutech @ university of Geneva. As you may know, Geneva was the hometown of Piaget, influential in the emergence of the constructist movement. These guys do fantastic stuff and have a splendid wiki, full of information.
"rather" a change agent?? I'd say you're a very rare breed based on my own (admittedly narrow) biases about education. Thinking such as yours keeps me from sliding into total cynicism about education. But my current knowedge is scant. After much research, my wife and I opted for homelearning (dislike the word "schooling") for our kids many years ago, and have never looked back.
Good decision making processes are alas too rare in the corporate world as well. But what little I know of the education system would make it all but impossible.
I am a fan of "open space", and "coucil" (originating from nature-based cultures) as a way to nuture real dialogue and decisions on the one hand. And I am a fan of very clear decision roles and responsibilities on the other (consensus as it's commonly understood is often a detractor from effective decision making).
But I honestly don't know what I'm talking about in this context. My frame is so different from most here. I know little of the sources and experts referenced, and mine are likely foreign to others. This is why I joined the conversation, so I need to shut up and keep reading and "listening". Thanks so much for your insights here. Very inspiring!
Thanks for the invite. I added my first mp3 file to my music. Check it out! I am not always a Pollyanna. Here is the website where you can go to download it also...if you want. I heard it first on Jan.1, 2007 on Morning Edition on NPR.
Look for the link called Not On The Test:
Hope everything at school is coming into focus for you and your colleagues.
Have a good one,
I'm obsessed with Carol Dweck. I'm really interested in developing some Professional Development for teachers on her work. I would definitely be interested in brainstorming about ideas for developing curriculum (for students and teachers).
hi Connie, my thoughts exactly about curiosity being the natural human state, and it having been blocked by something that happens to people - some kind of punishment or negativity that they experienced as they explored their curiosity.
one thought to keep in mind also - the etymology of curiosity (I feel obliged to add this since I am a Latin teacher!). the word comes from the Latin word "cura," meaning "care, concern." someone who was "curiosus" in Latin was someone who was concerned about a lot of things - this could be a negative sense (someone who was worried about things), but also someone with concerns in a positive sense, caring about things.
I think this is a very important dimension of curiosity. The lack of curiosity is also a lack of care, a carelessness, a detachment from the world in an ethical sense that really plagues the world today.
Lots to ponder here - I will enjoy sharing thoughts about that with you this year! ;-)
Connie, please check out my new blog post. I am excited about a collaborative project that a colleague, Leni Dolan, started. This would be a great project for a teacher who has never started one. It is simple, but it can be expanded. Would you share this info with your colleagues in the real world? I think they would enjoy it. It is similar to the Journey North Virtual Migration. Children's privacy is respected.
I was thinking that students could even send audio ecards or other ideas creative teachers would try.
Thanks for the comment. That is cool that you know about Monarch Watch! I belong to Journey North also. I usually do the virtual migration and related activities. I think that the mystery class is awesome.
Won't you be my neighbor?
Thank you very much for your note. I work really hard on the living textbook and am grateful that people, such as yourself, like it.
I just noticed that you live in Ann Arbor. I live in West Bloomfield. Even though physical distance sort of becomes irrelevant on Web 2.0 I still like meeting people who live nearby. I wonder how many of us on this network are within easy driving distance.