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Growing Up in America: A Reflection

Important ideas and concepts from the semester
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Elizabeth Medbery

on 29 April 2010

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Transcript of Growing Up in America: A Reflection

Individual Timing This semester, I learned that every child learns and develops at their own unique pace.
People disagree on the exact stages, but most children (although not all) generally pass through similar stages around similar times Complexity I learned that topics that may appear to have simple solutions, such as race or reading ages are actually much more complicated issues and need to be addressed carefully. Learning Styles I learned that all children's brains work differently:
Some need to relate emotionally
Others need to see things sequentially in a list
Some need to have a hands-on learning experience
Others enjoy to think beyond the prompt and "outside the box"
We don't use our brains While reading Pink, I learned that we each have so many capacities for different means of learning and expression, but we are trained to use only our left brain. In the future, we will need to cultivate skills from both parts of the brain in order to be sucecssful in the jobs that will be available here. Voracious appetite
For learning new things
about many topics
To acquire knowledge and context
of why things are as they are
How they fit together
Language, history, politics, science
Eat from the buffet, some from each bar

Share in the discussion, discourse, debate
But rankle at the papers, the rules
The rubric for sharing
Because I’d already gotten
What I came for
and rarely cared
If the grader knew
It too. "Learning" by Raymond A. Foss Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look
at the stars and the mountains above. Let them look at the waters
and the trees and flowers on Earth. Then they will begin to think,
and to think is the beginning of a real education.
David Polis Our children are hurried The impacts of the TAKS test Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school. Albert Einstein What have I learned in my Growing Up in America class? (Start here) But most importantly... I have learned that as a teacher, I have the power to change a student's life ¿Cómo cómo cómo? Integration of Spanish and English is the best English language aquisition program in schools Thanks for a great semester!
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