Well, I did not follow my plan to check out the videos that Sugata Mitra recommended, and I'm kicking myself.
I watched this talk by Ramsey Musallam and was underwhelmed. I'm sure he's a fantastic chemistry teacher, but nothing he said seemed revolutionary or epiphany-ish, and unlike how I felt after the Mitra talk, I do not feel inspired to continue learning more about what I heard. The talk today covered three points of inspiring children's curiosity:
- Curiosity comes first. Don't talk, don't use technology to teach - wow kids with something that confuses or interests them, and let their questions lead the discussion.
- Embrace the mess. Mr. Musallam runs all kinds of fun / messy experiments to get the kids talking.
- Practice reflection. I'm honestly not sure what he really meant by this. My older son was singing a Michael Jackson song while he walked through the room and I guess I missed a bit.
I don't disagree with anything from this talk, but am totally uninspired by it.I did, however, go on to do further research based off of this talk. I'm trying to learn more about the No Child Left Behind policy, it's affect on schools especially in our DC region, and how I can find a school that I'm excited about for the boys when we move back to DC in 2014. It feels good to be so inspired by that talk; I need to find another powerful one for tomorrow! Stay tuned!