Archive for March, 2013

The Language of Hierarchy

Posted 25 Mar 2013 — by Jennifer
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“The teacher allows the children to build up to their belly buttons.”

“I love the way the teacher does her block area.”

“We have centers open.”

“I have, in construction, some new…”

“Can someone tell me how to do it?”

“My question is…”

How often does our language, as teachers or adults, convey an attitude of hierarchy? Are we aware of the impact of our words, and the message they send? And on another level, is this what we believe (that the classroom belongs to the teacher, and has a higher status than the children)? If we agree that children and teachers are co-constructers of knowledge, and that we have a strong image of the child as a protagonist (lots of slogans here, I know), how can we be more cognizant about the language we use both in the classroom and in our conversations about teaching and learning?

 

 

The Bizarre and Brilliant World of Knitted Science | DiscoverMagazine.com

Posted 01 Mar 2013 — by Jennifer
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The Bizarre and Brilliant World of Knitted Science | DiscoverMagazine.com.

“Pitiless self-criticism”

Posted 01 Mar 2013 — by Jennifer
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M.C. Escher, Letter to his son Arthur, 12 February 1955
“God, god, I wish I’d learn to draw a little better! What exertion and determination it takes to try and do it well. Now and then I am close to delirium tremens from pure nerves. It is really just a question of carrying on doggedly, with continuous and, if possible, pitiless self-criticism.”