Quote: “Reforming knowledge as a where question underscores the increasing importance of context” (93).
Explain: When concerning a topic the where is always important. The what can come and go, but you can always find the what through the where. At least that’s my understanding of the portion of the text this quote came from.
Question: How do we teach students the skills that will make them more efficient learners?
Connect: The where questions are referring to the approach to learning. It all comes back to the Common Core idea of skill based learning. Teaching the students the skills they need to obtain information, not just giving them the information.
Aha!: Students are capable of having the skills they need. We just need to ask the right questions.
Chapter 8: Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out
Quote: “Social experience is governed by a central question: What is my relationship to others?” (101).
Explain: Students are concerned now more than ever about where they fit in.
Question: How do we ensure our students fit in in our classroom community?
Connect: It is so important to create a strong and healthy classroom community. Students can form bonds and friendships in the classroom that will play out in their lives outside of the school as well. (Hopefully).
Aha!: Building relationships from the beginning is more important than jumping right into the content.
Chapter 9: The New Culture of Learning for a World of Constant Change
Quote: “The almost unlimited resources provided by the information network serve as a set of nutrients, constantly selected and incorporated into the bounded environment of the petri dish, which provides the impetus for experimentation, play, and learning” (118).
Explain: As I mentioned before, the process of learning has changed and the preliminary aspects of research (or the information portion of the learning process) has gotten so much simpler/more easily accessible. So it opens the door for greater learning opportunities.
Question: What is a way to open the door further? What types of assignments should we create that truly challenge and expand the brains of students.
Connect: The game has changed. It’s time to challenge students in new and more unique ways.
Aha!: It isn’t the content that we are pushing anymore, the new way of teaching and learning is multifaceted.