Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Project #3

I was assigned to post comments on Connected Principals's blog, www.connectedprincipals.com. The blog I posted on was about Mr. Dwight Carter, and the trip he took to New York to white water raft on the Hudson and Indian River. He talked about having good times and a lot of fun experiences. Also, he quoted Dr. James Comer, who said "No significant learning takes place without a significant relationship". Dr. Carter's main fear was that he would drown or something since he couldn't swim, and he ended up having the time of his life without even thinking about swimming one time. He talks about how communication is key, especially listening when you have a guide telling you and your group what to do. All in all, he talks about taking a chance and trying something new and adventurous.

My response to his blog was that it's amazing to really conquer your fears and do something that completely scares you, but end up having a blast and making great memories. Also, that white water rafting in New York in the Indian and Hudson Rivers sounds completely amazing. I would love to go up there and try it one day.

I was assigned, again, to post a comment on www.connectedprincipals.com for a new post they have made. This new post was about the differences in teaching between the 20th and 21st century. They are so different that it is incredible. This new post was by Akevy Greenblatt, and he pointed out some major facts, such as how teachers in the 20th century did not concern themselves with how the students learned or if they were able to process it and remember it after a test. In this day and age, media and special lesson plans are made to be of use for students so they can truly learn and get interested in a subject.

My response to this was that he made some very good points, and he was very right about the differences in teaching methods. Many teachers today use media or other forms of technology to get students interested and really involved. Teachers in the 20th century were not concerned with how the students learned, or if they even paid attention; it more about testing and having the students spit back out what they learned, and then it being gone forever. Now, teachers keep the students remembering facts by keeping a review going and making sure the students are learning and that special needs are met. I really enjoyed Mr. Greenblatt's post!

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