Category Archives: Empathy

Becoming a Student Again

This year I decided to take Russian with the 6th graders.   I did this for a few reasons.  I wanted to experience what my students experience when they learn something new – all disorientation along with all of the excitement, … Continue reading

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Remember the ALAMO

I’m trying out a new homework policy with our 6th graders in our collaboratively-taught class on Composers (General Music). The students have “listening logs” they do, where they listen to a piece of music about their composer, fill out some … Continue reading

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Sent to me by my colleague Becky.   I agree with the message of empathy, and this also resonates with me in terms of believing that technology is not a separator of people, but can in fact be a uniter of people, … Continue reading

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Role-Play Gaming and Our Learning Paradigm

This weekend I did some role-play gaming with friends and decided to step back a little and study how the process of gaming provides opportunities to acquire Knowledge(content), Skills and practice Habits of Mind. Note: GM stands for “Game Master” – the … Continue reading

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A “Glorious Disaster”

So, in (7th Grade) Media Literacy last time, we tried a “backchannel” experiment. The theme for the day was “What is beauty?” – we normally look at pictures of photoshopped models and products, talk about who defines what beauty is … Continue reading

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Multiple Intelligences

The last 2 SpeechCraft classes have both been about Multiple Intelligences.  We use the Birmingham Grid website online assessment, which is designed for middle school and up. First, we take the online quiz.  It tells us our preferences for Interpersonal, … Continue reading

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