It’s Better to Prepare than to Repair ~ John Maxwell
Image Source from Quotation Celebration
The benefits of learning outdoors have been promoted since Henry David Thoreau took his students on the first Field Trips!
Here is an update on Learning Outdoors — From the TCEA Blog:
Dr. Gary Stager and school architect and designer Prakash Nair have written an excellent guide to providing outdoor learning experiences for students of all ages. This guide is normally sold on Amazon, but is provided free for download here at this link. This guide is presented from the perspective of educators, architects, neurologists, and environmental scientists.
An excellent opportunity to learn during a live Twitter chat and Google Meet… Thank you David Lockett!!
Citation: Salmon, F. (2013). How Technology Redefines Norms. Retrieved from http://blogs.reuters.
— Helen Teague (@TweetTeague) September 16, 2020
“A crucial indicator of educators’ potential for success is teacher beliefs specifically here, the degree to which you believe you can be successful to the task at hand (self-efficacy).” ~ Design Ed: Connecting Learning Science Research to Practice (2019) by Angela Elkordy, Ayn Keneman
Thank you to Dr. Jack McManus, my dissertation chair. Dr. Jack, you were right! Miss you.
Teague, H. L. (2017). A Mixed Methods Study of Online Course Facilitators’ Perceptions of Mobile Technology, Design, and TPaCK Affordances. ProQuest LLC. 789 East Eisenhower Parkway, PO Box 1346, Ann Arbor, MI 48106. Available online at Research Gate: http://goo.gl/Wdp9CU and https://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED576873
My little porch garden is turning into a fun hobby for me…The metaphors for growth and change in the garden match the growth and change in the students as their concept mastery and rich collaborative learning experience “grows.”
Summer is a challenge for teacher-educator-gardeners. Plants have to be hearty to survive the heat here in Texas and the dusty winds. Chives are hearty and can take the heat. The basil grows weakly. The oregano has deep roots in its container.
Some of my grad students are resilient. They weather any storm, even the pandemic which lingers through canceled summer school. Some of my graduate students are tutoring their students despite a lack of pay. Others are setting up “pod” schools. Another gifted teacher is moving to another state to teach in a classical, charter school that has announced that school will open and return to face-to-face instruction in the Fall.
These teachers are brave!