Archive for March 2008

Twitter

March 31, 2008

Well, I have been following people on Twitter and adding new people to follow. I’m still a little unsure about it, but I think in time I’m going to get the hang out it. I chose Twitter because it was a social networking site I have never personally used before and wanted to know more […]

The Roles of Education in Preserving Culture

March 31, 2008

Education plays a role in preserving culture by teaching the values of a particular culture, depending on the area. The socialization of children through their primary care givers determines the values that will be instilled within them. The values of the dominant culture within the area will be reflected in the instruction given to students, […]

Technology and Learning

March 30, 2008

I have to agree with Jeff on this topic.  Technology both acts as a facilitator of learning and content to be learned by the students.  On a number of different occasions, we have all used technology within our instruction to assist in the lesson’s activities of conveying information to students.  Within the classroom, it acts […]

Why Teach?

March 30, 2008

 With all of these thing to keep in mind, why do we teach What a short and complex question to ask yourself.  Well, for starters, I believe that through education we become more well informed citizens with the competency and knowledge to solve the problems we face in our society.  Education takes on so many […]

Solomon Chapter 11

March 29, 2008

This chapter in Solomon is all about professional development and the ongoing struggle to provide the best PD for teachers.  Towards the end of the chapter, Solomon outlines some common elements of the effective model programs.  These elements basically say that collaboration with the key parties, respecting teachers as professionals and the feedback they provide, […]

The Pros and Cons of Homeschooling

March 28, 2008

When it comes to homeschooling, I can see a lot of things that people on both sides of the arguments find appealing.  For starters, homeshooling provides a more flexible environment and schedule to work with.  A student will not have to worry about classroom or school issues that make deter them from their daily schedule.  […]

Purpose of Education

March 28, 2008

Why do we educate the masses?  What is the purpose of education?  I had an idea of what the purpose of education could be, but it took the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to reaffirm my position on the subject.  In a world where new problems are going to present themselves to students […]

Muslims & Home School

March 27, 2008

In a continuation of our discussion of home schooling, I found this article from the New York Times about Muslims and Home Schooling.  The decision to home school their children in the Muslim community comes from their own cultural values.  Their beliefs have shaped the type of environment they want to expose them to due […]

Information Freeloaders

March 25, 2008

With the amount of access we all have to the Internet and its contents, how often do we think about giving back to the digital community?  I use the Internet for a variety of reasons from checking my e-mail to writing blog posts.  I am guilty of not giving back as much as I take […]

Chess to Help Build Critical Thinking Skills

March 23, 2008

There is a pilot program in Idaho for 2nd & 3rd graders that will start implementing a chess curriculum that will include elements of history, math, and vocabulary in it.  Chess is a game that requires players to use some strategy to find the best way to capture the opponent’s king.  Students would have analyze […]