Archive for KevinD.Washburn SmartBlogs
Radios in the 1980s pulsed with movie music as listeners cut footloose and danced their way into the danger zone. Some soundtrack albums became huge hits despite box office busts of their motion picture counterparts. Conversely, some tunes became hits because of their placement in a movie. “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” barely cracked the Top 40 before falling off and being placed on the to-be-shelved cart of “lost hit” archives.[…] Continue Reading »
We sat, afraid to move lest we interfere with the learning and interaction we were witnessing. Children — young children — moved throughout the classroom, carrying various materials while maneuvering around tables with teapots and an occasional flower vase before landing and unpacking their selected treasures. The materials were designed to foster discovery, engage imagination, serve practical purposes, or open new worlds for students.[…] Continue Reading »
“Communities are defined by their centers,” explains Thomas Sergiovanni, “repositories of values, sentiments, and beliefs that provide the needed cement for bonding people together in a common cause. Centers govern what is valuable to a community…They answer questions: What is this school about? What is our image of learners? What makes us unique? How do we work together as colleagues?[…] Continue Reading »
Mirror neurons are everywhere! From books to blog postings to last year’s first full conference devoted to the topic, mirror neurons are still generating excitement more than 20 years after their discovery.
All this fervor may not be misplaced. Scientists are currently exploring how these specialized nerve cells can influence everything from autism to speech disorders to one’s capacity for empathy.[…] Continue Reading »
This is the first blog post in SmartBlog on Education’s new Friday Feature series where editors will highlight reader comments, popular blog posts for the week and ultimately create a space for educators to engage, innovate and discuss. Thanks for visiting and happy reading!
On Nov. 21, education author and instructional-design expert Kevin Washburn published a post on what he feels is a crucial — and frequently overlooked — ingredient in every student’s learning process: effort.[…] Continue Reading »