Sunday, January 25, 2009


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"It is simply not in the interest of government and big business to raise a generation of critical thinkers." - Massimo Pigliucci

Good thing there's the Internet. Just don't be contented with the first item that appears on the search result page.

More about Pigliucci's review of Neil Postman's "Teaching as a subversive activity".

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A Networked Student

... is not afraid to ask.

I like that part about Learning Architects. Now who said that "Those who can't do, teach"?

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Looks like kids as young as 8 years old can program

Learn more about this project

... and Scratch can make it happen.

MIT's Scratch About Page says:

"Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web.

Scratch is designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop 21st century learning skills. As they create and share Scratch projects, young people learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively."

Remind me to use the above project for a Prep topic on "My Feelings."

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

10 things to know about the IEP

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... or something like that.

Chelo Banal-Formoso of wrote a practical first-person account of things she did with her child with special needs. Now, doesn't everyone have special needs? After all, no one wants to be called by a serial number right? But I digress.

So she talked about "prescriptions" to ensure that learning really become individualized/custom-made as the acronym IEP indicates. Read more here.

Two things come to mind. It has to be a multi-disciplinary effort and everyone concerned need to approach the exercise with a big heart. Just my thoughts for Autism Week.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Career Guide Lesson No. 1 - There is no plan

... but focus on a fundamental reason.

"What drives you?" Let's go beyond cars.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I knew we needed to run to the garden supply store

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... to buy "topsoil" since our plants showed some sort of mineral erosion and could perhaps use a fresh load of enriched pot soil. Yet it wasn't "top priority" in my to-do list. Not until a Science lesson suggested an activity about soil profile. So I ordered a sack of soil and asked for samples of green slate, volcanic rock, and two types of pebbles to "top" it all. Now where is that empty PET bottle?

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Playing cards are prohibited in schools... (redux)

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... because they are prima facie evidence of gambling. Solomonic. Or is it? Not in my deck!
In my version of Black Jack, "players" learn to put down cards that add to 21, 20, 19 , etc. Player who ends up with least number of cards wins. More card games here.

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Are gifted children born or made?

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Reminds me of a final examination question in Human Resource Management: "Are leaders born or made? Discuss."

Of course a good score depended not so much on the amount of references made in the answers but on the uniqueness of the essay response.

But I return to the blog entry title. One can imagine that "many parents would wonder, are gifted children born or nurtured?"

I'm a big believer in not reinventing the wheel, so just follow this other article about Gifted Children. You can even get an answer to the basic question "Is My Child Gifted?"

Have a Happy and Gifted New Year!

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