by Darrell “Coach D” Andrews. He talks about those “ah-ha” moments when
everything connects and you see true learning taking place. A quote
from his article:
In math, for example, we learn that if A=B and B=C, then
A=C. Tell students they can use this skill to make better life choices:
if Hanging out with the wrong crowd = Missing classes and Missing
classes = Dropping out of school, then Hanging out with the wrong crowd =
Dropping out of school. This kind of critical thinking can help students
assess the effects of their choices.
Now how about using weblogs in those math high school classes and let the students make their own if A=B and B=C, then A=C connections? Wouldn’t that make for some good reading and commenting? I like it!
Then the author gave the following examples to make it work in the classroom:
You can help students make links between learning and life by
doing some of the following:
- Start a schoolwide dream initiative. This jumpstarts the focus of
connecting dreams to education and creates a support system for students to
embrace the concept and make the right choices.
- Make a dream poster. This provides a visual representation of the
future students want and the steps they need to take to achieve it.
- Write a dream speech or newspaper headline. This exercise allows
students to look into the future and write about what they see themselves
accomplishing. As a follow-up exercise, they would write the steps they need to
take to achieve this dream.
- Fill-in-the-blank survey. You can create a survey that the student
would complete talking about her future. For example:
When I become 25, I would like to ___________________ with
my life. I would like to do this because________________. I need to
________________ while I am in school because ________________________.
It’s important to help students make connections between
today’s education and tomorrow’s ambition. When they do so, there is a higher
level of enthusiasm about school and students make choices that will result in
more promising futures.
This would be great starters for the school-wide weblog seeking out student voices!I sure like the connections Coach D
is making! I read that he will be presenting “Building Bridges,
Breaking Barriers: Connecting Dreams to Education” at the 2005 ASCD
Annual Conference. Wish I could attend and hear his talk. Let’s get him