Heading to Living Latin in New York City!

I continue to evolve my practice in Latin from a grammar-based approach to natural method to now, comprehensible input. It is based on an initial dissatisfaction with not being able to read and think in the target language, despite all of my training. I have been working on instilling CI into my program and have been looking for more training – so I am excited to be able to attend, thanks to the support of my administration back at Pine Crest.

Read more about what I hope to accomplish here on Romae.org. I will miss time with my family, but it will give me incredible momentum moving forward in helping me perfect my practice and really develop our Latin program into one of the most innovative in the country!

Five Superpowers of Implementation of Project Zero

Tina Blythe left us with a final, inspirational message as we all began to stir for home with minds filled with ideas.

What have you found? Was it strategies or a mindset?

What will you do with it?

She reminded us that adaptation is not easy. Nothing works “out of the box”. The question became, how do you adapt with integrity? The ideas themselves should be what is essential about the framework (and don’t get hung up on terminology). Heading back to your context, what questions are people asking that you think PZ is the answer to? What needs are you addressing?

There are 5 Superpowers that we are now armed with as we venture back home.

  1. Professional Friendship – the contacts that we have made offer support, respect, and patience. We can always lean on others to gain perspective.
  2. Power of Failure – any complex system means it won’t be acquired easily and will take multiple drafts and attempts. Get comfortable with failure and ambiguity – as you should be modeling it for your students as well. Try at least one new thing, don’t go crazy, and fail “spectacularly”!
  3. Power of Wonder – we need more wonder in our classes and practices! Avoid being busy! Let things linger, use silence (W.A.I.T.) effectively, not everyone will agree! Slow down and absorb – we are born with a sense for wonder!
  4. Power of Questions – What do you think? What makes you say that? Could you please help me? Opt for inquiry over advocacy! Invite others to observe your class and invite feedback. Questions lead to process over product as the quality of the questions become more important than the answers. Open ended questions do not necessarily have straight forward answers – and complexity is not acquired easily.
  5. Power of One – when asked who is the most influential person in their life, 78% of people polled refer to a teacher. Students will experience relationships and will recall those more than the content they learned. Work on forming relationships with those around you.

Giving Change Legs with Project Zero

As I have been reflecting throughout my week at Project Zero here at Harvard, we started to have the internal “yeah, but…” dialogue. We here in attendance are all on board – we are the early adopter crowd that had to convince someone to get here and that our time here would be worthwhile. But what would be the next steps once we got back home to our schools? David Perkins had a few insights.

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Nurturing Global Competence in a Connected and Disconnected World at Project Zero

How connected is our world, really? When you touch the seams of your clothing, who touched them first? What are their lives like? Does having internet access really connect us to one another? Our digital “connections” seem to mimic tribal patterns and echo chambers more than avenues of exploration. This is the context of our world today and on in which Veronica Boix-Mansilla establishes for our exploration in our mini course. Continue reading “Nurturing Global Competence in a Connected and Disconnected World at Project Zero”

Eight Studio Habits of Mind And Other Disciplines

I recently wrote a summary of the mini course Artistic Thinking and the Studio Thinking Framework, as presented by Shirley Veenema. In it, I described the 8 Studio Habits of Mind that apply to how artists approach their work and how these can be applied to other fields. For more, I recommend looking at Studio Thinking: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education, 2nd Edition (Hetland, Winner, Veenema, and Sheridan, Teachers College Press, 2013).

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