By J.L. McCall
The ears are the doorway to the brain: In order for the brain to develop auditory connections, we have to feed the brain auditory information. The brain can only grow connections based on the data it receives. What comes out of the child is what went into the brain.
One of the most exciting things for me as a person who works in the education field is to think about all the potential we have for helping students be all they can be. And that only happens best if education is a two-way street. In fact, the word “education” is built on the word “educe,” which means to draw out, or bring out, or elicit. It also means to evolve something from a potential state. And, that is what education does best: it brings out potentials.
by Gene Tognetti
During my days as an administrator, I often visited a second-grade teacher’s classroom at my school. Being a middle-school teacher in addition to vice principal, I really needed to get more grounded in effective ways to teach the younger kids. What I discovered over time was that many of the techniques employed in Primary grades were really universal in nature, and not just applicable to the little guys. For instance, use of audio and sound to assist in teaching—and more generally to develop a calm, peaceful, and inviting learning environment—turned out to be a universal tool that can help all students.
eSchool News recently published their review of one of Lightspeed’s newest innovations in classroom audio. This portable audio system, called Flexcat , can facilitate instruction in small group settings. The system consists of a teacher headset with microphone and tabletop speakers for student groups placed throughout the classroom.
Having recently attended the latest FETC, I’ve renamed the 2014 version Fantastic Excitement, Teacher Commitment. The reasons are simple, and simply wonderful. This was my eighth time at FETC. And this was the most exciting show with the most enthusiastic people I’ve met there in years.
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