There were times that oral storytelling ruled. It was a great way to tell people about their history, to settle their arguments, and to come to grasps with all sorts of aspects of the phenomena of the world around them.
Then later came along the written word with all its mysteriously looking symbols. For quite a while, just the privileged and the rich and privileged were having access to these wonders, but over time, signs, books, memos, pamphlets, cereal boxes, letters, even constitutions and countless other types of writing were appearing everywhere people turned up.
The ability to write and read now was ruling many lands. The art of oral storytelling was done away with as foolishly old-fashioned. Sure, in more casual ways people were continuing to tell stories across dinner tables, at bedtime, or around campfires, but storytelling as a great learning tool was no longer respected and became almost forgotten.
This picture didn’t bother me at all and my little one is more than used to see a woman naked. But I checked the rest of the newspaper and the truth is that the lingerie was the most naive picture in it. On the other pages, there were police handcuffing a man, dead bodies on the street and a bleeding man taken to an ambulance.
What kind of newspapers are you reading? You might ask. Physical newspapers, none really. I only read online. And to be more honest, I go on a healthy information diet. I read what interests me, I actively seek the information that suits me.
And guess what? This doesn’t prevent me from knowing the breaking news just a few hours after it happened. It’s quite difficult to hide from big news, actually. Apart from that, newspapers are unhygienic!
On the other hand, I do like to get old newspapers and take a peek sometimes. It always amuses me how reading an old newspaper doesn’t look like reading old news. How odd is that? But the best use for newspapers, in my opinion, is using them for art, painting and wrapping up presents.
Teacher qualities to look for are unlikely to be the same from parents to students to administrators. Everyone generally agrees on: kind, nice, “good teacher”, knows the content, but this is not enough to define a stellar teacher. During my years as an administrator, on occasion, I’ve had to deal with teachers who were incredibly popular with the parent population, but quite frankly were not great based on the teacher qualities I looked for.
As one who has interviewed hundreds of teacher candidates and filled numerous teacher positions K-12, I look for and will probe a candidate repeatedly in relation to certain qualities/characteristics that I believe are essential to a great teacher. Here are just a few of those teacher qualities:
1. Deep understanding and knowledge of the content. Every great teacher has deep understanding and knowledge of the content they are teaching. This is a given. After all, who wants an AP Biology teacher who doesn’t have a firm grasp of higher level concepts of biology? Yet, I am sure that some of you reading this have had a teacher or two who really didn’t have strong or deep content knowledge, and I’m willing to guess that this teacher was probably not the best teacher you ever had.
Lainie is a single mom traveling with her 12-year old boy Miro on a journey that started 2 years ago and is aimed at lasting 8 years. They both volunteer in the places they stop and they work together on the blog Raising Miro.com.
She chose the unschooling path, or more precisely, worldschooling, while they learn lessons of compassion and about being true global citizens. Their blog is more focused on podcasts, where they talk about their life on the road and interview some really cool travelers and unschoolers (although still full of texts and beautiful pics).
Now, let’s move to our interview. Both Lainie and Miro have specific questions, so pay attention to who is being addressed.
Lainie, you travel by intuition, you stay for many months in one place like Guatemala (8 months) and then choose to stay way less in others like Costa Rica (2 months on different occasions). How do you decide, or feel that´s time to move on?
Lainie: That’s a really great question. However, there really isn’t a formula answer, as each situation is different. What I can tell you is that both Miro and I have the same reflex, the same response to the places we visit. There has never been an opportunity where one of us has liked the place and the other has not, so we feel lucky we are pretty aligned that way.
Phonemic awareness is an oral language skill. It is the awareness that phonemes exist as abstractable and manipulative components of spoken language. It is not phonics, and it is more than auditory discrimination.
Phonemic Awareness Tasks
In short, children have learned to communicate effectively.
Talking to and with children develops their receptive and expressive skills using this language. As they refine and extend their language skills, children learn new words, new meanings for familiar words, and new ways of saying things.
They develop an awareness of the sounds that make up spoken words and the ability to manipulate those sounds known as phonemic awareness. Let’s take a look at the most common examples of Phonemic Awareness:
If you walk into our school, you can tell the environment radiates an atmosphere that is completely created for children. The bright and large rooms are full of laughter and dedication. There are several outdoor play areas to ensure a developmentally appropriate learning and playing where children can develop their skills.
The teachers will provide each individual student with the support and commitment they require to feel confident learners and individuals. New school energy gets driven by a few important trends:
Student-centered. We have learned from software and marketing developments to consider user experience in a deep way. That has resulted in a totally renewed focus towards learner experience. Nellie Mae’s Education Foundation states that student-centered teaching and learning will engage students in their personal success, and will also incorporate their skills and interests into the process of learning.
Access. Today, internet access is far cheaper than access to textbooks, so providing take-home tech devices to allow for anytime-anywhere learning would absolutely make sense.
Next-gen learning. Modern-day learning models are blending face-to-face and online learnig experiences to come up with competency-based and personalized learning sequences.
Broader aims. It’s absolutely clear that relational skills and mindsets are just as crucial as academic knowledge.
Projects. Our economy is project-based, and project-based learning is a good way to integrate academic subjects and to develop career readiness skills.
Connections. Today it is more important than ever before to acquire work experience. It also has never been any easier to get technical training or earn college credit, and there are high school students with have graduated with an AA degree. Individualized learning plans and good advisory can be very helpful to students for making connections and planning their academic or professional futures.
Competency-based education (CBE). To promote college and career readiness, quite a few high schools have shifted to educational models of competency-based learning. These require that students are advancing upon mastery, and the students will receive differentiated guidance and support, and they will participate in related assessments.
I’ve been working as an online writing tutor during the last 10 years or so, and this has helped me understand the feelings of isolation that so many students that I work with are experiencing.
I often hear my students explain that they don’t really understand their assignments, what it is their instructors are looking for, and that they only rarely will receive a response to their emails when they are asking for help.
Often they feel lost, so they are pretty grateful for finding me, at least a real person they can connect with.
Additionally, quite a few students have never ever visited, nor are they aware of, their school’s library, be it online or in a physical building, and this causes many problems when they are assigned research papers.
Time is your most precious asset, this article gives you tips on how to avoid wasting it.
In my last post, I explained that procrastination or wasting time is the reason so many people today are unable to achieve their goals and gain financial freedom.
Many people dream about a better job, working from home or just having a financial freedom yet they don’t know how to manage their time.
I think I have mentioned that I’m involved in helping people to pass the GED test. This is a high school equivalency test for people who didn’t finish their high school but now are looking for new job possibilities and would like to continue their education.
The first step in this process is to get prepared for the GED by taking preparation classes and GED pre-tests. There is a really good website named Covcell.com that offers GED practice tests and online classes free of charge so people only need to have a desire to learn and self-discipline. Sadly many people waste their time and never get their GED certificate so here is how to bust time wasting.
The first step to dealing with this problem is awareness. Awareness will allow people to begin to think about self-control. Self-control and personal development are the secrets to success in achieving your goals such as a GED diploma.
What exactly is ‘storytelling’? Well, that’s easy, telling stories, of course! Today, you can find so many diverse, fantastic, and sometimes very overwhelming ways to do some great storytelling.
What I would like to explore is the traditional, oral way of storytelling, and this has been a part of our human culture and life since we left Africa some 200,000 years ago or more…
Maybe storytelling was the key reason why languages could develop in the first place, as our human minds began to wonder, inquire, and think.
Why are we telling stories?
Whether in cities, in schools, or in caves, storytelling has always been the most important and innate form of human communication. We all tell stories.
The horrors and happenings on the news, the story of the day, the story of our lives, gossip on the workplace, it goes on and on, and our brain is hard-wired to listen, think, and express ourselves in terms of beginning, middles and ends of stories. This is more or less how we see and understand our world.