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On October 12,1892 the Pledge of Allegiance was recited for by over 2 million students for the first time. The Pledge of Allegiance was written by a Baptist minister Francis Bellamy to mark the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ exploration to North America.
If you are on break from school tomorrow, Happy Columbus Day!
The Learner and The Butterfly
Last Sunday I read this story on a post on LinkedIn. It is the story of the caterpillar and the butterfly. It suddenly struck me, that it was just the same with learners.
The story goes, some school children were watching a butterfly emerging from its cocoon. They felt sorry for it as it struggled and struggled to extract itself through the tiny hole it had made. Eventually it succeeded and lay there, exhausted. Eventually, slowly, it opened its wings, and finally flew away.
The children saw the same process happening with another cocoon, and not wanting to see this poor butterfly suffer, they cut open the cocoon and freed the butterfly. The bedraggled creature lay on the surface for a while, and then died. The children were sad.
The teacher explained, that the struggle to get out of the cocoon was part of the process. The process of struggling forced fluids up the narrow network of tubes within the wings, and this allowed the wings to unfold and become rigid, so that the butterfly could fly away. When the children helped the 2nd one, the fluids did not get pumped into the wings, and so they did not expand and unfold, it could not fly away, and so died.
Get the analogy?
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In an opinion piece that succinctly explains what is troubling to most innovative educators, Graham Brown-Martin, Founder of Learning
Without Frontiers and Founder of Education Design Labs extols, “We continue to use technology to reinforce 19th century teaching practice.”
Read the full online interview at this link
Nik Peachey‘s comment is noteworthy: “Some really good points here about the way assessment is crippling the ability of technology to move teaching practice forwards.”
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