My hope and desire is that something shared here will encourage you, guide you or challenge you as a parent, teacher, friend or even a student. Enjoy!!
This past Monday, our district had the opportunity to host Dr. Marsha Tate- an expert on brain science and student learning. I so wished every secondary teacher not just in our district had the opportunity to glean from the practical wisdom Dr. Tate had to offer. Her practical ways of connecting with students might seem so unfamiliar for many teachers. Simply because, Tate understands not only the brain science behind teaching and learning but the fact that many if not all of our students are digital citizens. These students were born into technology and live and thrive in technology. Such are the students in our schools and they quickly get left behind in our well known traditional way of teaching and learning. One of Dr. Tate’s 20 strategies is the use of music in the classroom. Using music is sort of typical for elementary grades, however at least seventy percent of our students listen to one form of music at least two hours a day. Would it not serve us better as educators to incorporate music into instruction? One teacher has blazed the trails in the area of incorporating music into teaching. Warren Phillips is a retired science teacher who discovered the impact of using what students already do (music) as a foundation for learning. Check out his work and pass the information along. http://www.wphillips.com/scienceCDs.htm
What we must realize as educators is that we are teaching students today for a time in the future that will be fully immersed in technology. We no longer have an option to use or not use technology in teaching and learning. Still need to be convinced that technology needs to be part of teaching and learning? Then check out this video : Do You Know?http://youtu.be/cL9Wu2kWwSY