|From TLT Group World Headquarters
We've been talking lately about Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, and highly recommend that you read it this holiday!
Ender Wiggin, age six, is selected by international military forces to
be trained to lead. Ender and his parents are given no choice.
In Battle School and then in Command School, Ender advances in a
computer training game farther than anyone before, and then to simulated
battles... before his 10th birthday.*
Why you should read it:
The novel depicts a powerful educational system that includes
"tracking", simulations, teamwork, projects, and other forms of
instruction - even experiential learning. It raises questions about
student choice, matching students with instructional options, and the
role of computer simulations.
We’ll be looking more closely at Ender’s Game and the ethical, moral, and political implications of ‘artificial instruction’ this January and February. Keep your eye out for online discussions on FridayLive! Looking forward to your input!
*Adapted from http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/endersgame/summary.html
If evidence for changing pedagogies is so clear, then why do my colleagues keep teaching the same way?
Friday Dec. 9, 2:00pm EDT... Free to all
Guests: Scott Simkins, Director, Academy of Teaching and Learning, North Carolina A & T State University
Recent books such as Academically Adrift suggest
that traditional teaching practices result in "limited learning" for
large numbers of students, while evidence mounts that using
research-based, interactive-engagement teaching practices increases
student learning. So why don't more faculty members adopt these more
effective teaching practices? We'll make use of recent research to help
us better understand why many faculty members fail to make changes to
their teaching practices despite evidence that it would benefit
More about the session and Registration for Dec. 9
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