Meme: Passion Quilt

I’ve been tagged by Sylvia for the Passion Quilt Meme.  I’ve decided to pull from my personal collection for this photo meme.  The photo above is of our daughter after helping me to find a geocache almost 3 years ago.

Often times when we go geocaching we don’t find a cache because we see something more interesting.  Be it animal tracks, a scurrying animal or a odd looking tree formation, a learning opportunity presents itself.  When she inquires about the discovery, why would I squander that with an agenda to find a box of trinkets? 

Far too often I hear students say that they there is nothing to do, that they are bored.  They’ll sit and do nothing, but stare at the flashing of a computer screen, television or their video games. Hogwash.  (Note: While I advocate for each of these in educational and entertainment value, however, we must remember moderation is key.) 

So my passion is about active learning, learning by doing.  Learning by doing things, not just spewing what they know.  When we are out and about, we open opportunities for play and discovery resulting in learning.

Directions: Find or create an image that captures what you are most passionate for kids to learn about.

  • Post a picture from a source like Flickr Creative Commons or make/take your own that captures what YOU are most passionate about for kids to learn…and give your picture a short title.
  • Title your blog post “Meme: Passion Quilt” and link back to this blog entry.
  • Include links to 5 folks in your professional learning network or whom you follow on Twitter/Pownce.

I’m tagging these folks from my regional network:

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What Should Students Experience Each Year?

Off and on over the past few months I’ve been thinking of Web 2.0, technology and how we can be more globally connected. In doing so, I thought that each student should have a global experience at least once in their K-12 education. Further thought led me to think how ridiculuous that last statement really was.

“…a global experience at least once…”

Teachers should be having these experiences each year with students, several times a year in fact.

This begs the question a couple questions…

  1. Should every teacher strive to make a global connection at least once throughout the year with students?
  2. What other experiences should students experience each year?

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