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 Open Eyes, open ears, open hearts, and open minds 
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Open eyes, open ears, open hearts, and open minds!
pg. 46 of The Silenced Dialogue

This is what I think effective teaching and effective learning is all about!

What do you think?

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Kelly Allen


Wed Feb 08, 2006 12:39 pm
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Some Mr. Ring wisdom:
(what he told me over christmas break when I revisited my old school)
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Teaching is like throwing Spaghetti at a wall.

Sometimes it sticks. Sometimes it doesn't.

If none of it sticks, change the recipe.


There you have it folks,

Teaching=Pasta

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Thu Feb 09, 2006 12:17 am
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It's not spaghetti, it's linguini!!!

(Name that reference)

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Thu Feb 09, 2006 11:52 am
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"Open eyes, open ears, open hearts, and open minds!"

What a great philosophy for teaching! With all of the diversity we will see in our classrooms, there is no better way to summerize a more complete teaching philosophy than this one. This can apply to our students, their parents, as well as our fellow co-workers.

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Thu Feb 09, 2006 12:31 pm
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How do you open a mind that's already been closed off?

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"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you" - Nietzsche


Thu Feb 09, 2006 2:55 pm
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wow rodney, great question. that's something i've been wrestling with for a while. how do you get to students who just don't want to listen or learn? how do you get a kid to love learning? or at least try? i think first getting to know the student personally- that way, you show you care. i have found that when my teachers take time to listen to what i've been going through or ask me how my day was and really meant it, it made me want to try harder in that class. i think also when you know your students more personally, you can connect the lessons to things they understand already- like sports, food, whatever. you also know how to better cater towards their learning style- maybe they have had teachers teach straigth lecture and they need hands on activities. or maybe they really need to get up and move around, doing experiments. maybe they're just bored. i think that when you can show them how the subjects they are studying is relevant to their lives and that they really can learn it is the key to helping kids want to try. what do you guys think?

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I completely agree Laura. It's a lot of work to connect to each student if you can, but I think that the rewards will be worth it. Making learning exciting for students is what its all about. If we can get their attention with something that appeals to them, then it will be so much easier to connect. Just think about the movie Dangerous Minds. Even though its a movie, I think that techniques like that will work. Make kids feel important, show them you care, and meet them on their level.

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