Summer Seminar Gets Personal | ED.gov Blog

From today’s “Homeroom,” the Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Education:

Recently teachers from across the country participated in a summer seminar to grapple with an emerging hot topic in education:  how to personalize learning in a classroom full of diverse students with varying interests, skills and learning styles.

The seminar, held at the U.S. Department of Education and via webinar, included presenters who are current and former classroom teachers who offered both the theory and practical strategies for teachers interested in moving their classroom learning beyond a one-size-fits-all mentality.

Summer Seminar Gets Personal | ED.gov Blog.

URL: http://www.ed.gov/blog/2012/07/summer-seminar-gets-personal/

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Calming, Laughing, and Liking: The Amygdala and Learning « Teaching/Management

While reading through my email today, I came across this education blog titled “Calming, Laughing, and Liking: The Amygdala and Learning.” With a neuroscientist husband, my own graduate studies led me to study the relationship between the brain and learning. Sure, we all know that the brain is responsible for helping us make sense of the world, but do we really know how and why? And can parts of the brain actually prevent us from or hinder learning? This author partly addressed this question, as well as the relationship between academic and professional reading and writing. Perhaps one of the more important questions for educators, however, is

Does the teacher really do what she tells us to do?

It made me wonder if I ask my doctoral students to do something I don’t do myself–carefully read the literature in one’s field of study on a regular basis, think about what that literature means to my specific interests as well as how it adds to my knowledge, and how the article or post helps me with my own academic writing. My response was “yes” to all the questions. However, that response does not answer the question about why I, too, find it difficult to write academic or academically oriented items.

This blogger also discusses the area of the brain that might actually mediate our learning and sharing, and it is a small part of the brain called the amygdala. On learning and the amygdala, the blogger states:

we literally can’t learn when our fear centers are lit up.

and it is this little area that can prevent learning in general, and learning to write for publication (thoughtfully sharing learned information in work written in an acceptable manner), especially for academic and professional purposes.

Do I do what I tell my students to do? I definitely try, but I, too, have a fear of professionally sharing in academic environments.

Incidentally, at the end of this blog is a link to a list of readings related to the amygdala and learning.

Read on here:

via Calming, Laughing, and Liking: The Amygdala and Learning « Teaching/Management.

or copy and paste this URL into your browser: http://teachingmanagement.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/calming-liking-and-focusing-the-amygdala-and-learning/

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Summer Learning from Edutopia News | June 20, 2012

The newsletter below has published a list of ways to keep students learning during the summer break. It includes tips on engaging students with technology, learning to use web tools, and even has tips for professional development for educators. You can even subscribe to get your own newsletter emailed to you as it hits the internet.

Edutopia News | June 20, 2012.

I love Edutopia, even though I no longer teach in the K-12 classroom. It always offers a host of ideas that I can share with pre-service teachers and graduate education students. Technology is here to stay, and teachers need to learn how to effectively use it with students.

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