Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Death of the classroom?

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Well, almost. Not if parents build schools like the above. As Dan Roddy describes what could perhaps be a model school for 21st century learners:
The very fabric of the building itself is part of the children's education: there are no classrooms, only an open plan interior that extends around the playground; the playground spreads onto the roof, with a slide into the yard and rope ladders from the class areas through skylights set into it; a tap in the yard spills water out across the wooden floor so the children can watch and observe how it runs away.
More about the Fuji Kindergarten here and here.

We can dream, can't we? Happy Christmas World!

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Friday, December 19, 2008

What's with teaching to the test?

Somehow I get the feeling that the more important lessons to teach are about survival. It's a bit ironic though but those who survive are sometimes good at cheating. Then again, if students learn about compassion, there could be no reason to cheat.

So perhaps Harvard's Tony Wagner was spot on when he identified seven skills students desperately need in the 21st century.

Here they are:

1. Problem-solving and critical thinking;
2. Collaboration across networks and leading by influence;
3. Agility and adaptability;
4. Initiative and entrepreneurship;
5. Effective written and oral communication;
6. Accessing and analyzing information; and
7. Curiosity and imagination.

Thanks to Sharon Bett for sharing.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Urinary system in the classroom

... well almost. Of course models are limited representations of the real thing, but just to demonstrate the filtering function of kidneys, I just thought the following could be useful.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Google Insights on home school

Out of curiosity, I ran a Google Trends search about "home school".  Set it to Philippines in 2008 and guess what I found?  Interest peaked in August.  I'd like to test a hypothesis but perhaps will have to wait until about August next year.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

School of Giftedness in the Philippines?

We don't pretend to have a monopoly of answers to that question. But just to see what's available online, we can imagine someone would probably be  searching  with the following keywords: school giftedness Philippines

Then again,  we could perhaps  be shamelessly promoting  Headway School for Giftedness and its allied services at HSG Mentoring. If the shoe fits.

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