Why teach critical thinking of not for revolution? Revolution is change, transformation, innovation. It’s a concept that is inevitable if people learn to think, learn to learn, learn that they are the creators of culture. Critical thinking embraces the…
When we scold our schoolteachers about the low reading scores of their students, we pretend that it is the easiest thing in the world: to teach a person to read and write. Try it sometime, and you will discover that it is nearly impossible.
I haven’t read this yet - I just inherited it from another teacher who had no plans to use it - but I’m just excited that I finally have enough copies of a book that I can incorporate it into my 9th grade history course. I don’t know if it’s any good or even too juvenile, but heck… I have a novel to use. I’ve almost solely relied on short stories in the public domain these past few years.
Chris Lehmann brings up some profound questions in this TED-x presentation in Philadelphia from 2011. “Why do we need to know this?” is question that all kids ask, yet our answers are usually lame at best. I remember watching this but didnt post it. You need to watch and to share with your fellow teachers. If you are an administrator, you need to use this as a conversation starter with your faculty.
Best quote: When a kid asks why we need to know this, the answer should be “Every class is a lens on how to look at the world.”
From the talk: Chris Lehmann introduces a revolutionary idea in education: Encourage learning by allowing students to do things they are good at instead of restricting them. While that may sound elementary, Lehmann’s speech carves out an innovative way to teach students success so they will strive for success in the post-graduate world.
Hailing from Manhattan, Chris Lehmann is breathing fresh air into the Philadelphia School District by providing immediate feedback to teachers using an iPad, asking teachers to practice kindness in the classroom, and promoting a student-centered school.