I’ve met some fantastic and caring people in this first week of #ETMOOC .
I’ve already posted about how Ben Wilkoff has guided me.
I’ve also met Lorraine Boulos, a fellow middle school teacher. We’ve discussed so much about inquiry based learning and blogging, and feel a common bond in how we enjoy teaching students through inquiry and despite the pressures of testing.
That conversation infers building relationships with students and nurturing their passions — what they want to learn so they can learn what we’re required to teach.
That then led me to choosing the bit info about cognition and emotion which Linda Permik wrote about in her post Setting Sail Master of My Own Ship. She embedded a thoughtful video by Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang on the topic. In order to build relationships, in order to engage students in learning, their emotional needs must be addressed — “real thinking is never divorced from emotion.” Be sure to watch the video (about 10 min). So, how do we deal with students who shut down in frustration? How do we deal with standardized tests? The suggestion is to design a context so students are engaged from the ground up and “discover on their own what you want them to learn.” That provides the hook for continuing the other lessons needed. I think Lorraine has a head start on that context design through inquiry based learning.
Linda asks questions also, two of which are:
- “What implications does the emotion-cognition connection have for learners in our formal learning institutions?
- How do we as instructors support the emotional engagement that leads to positive learning outcomes?”
Be sure to connect with these two if you are interested in inquiry and emotion. Perhaps that topic is worthy of it’s own “Google Circle” discussion topic and possible action. I hope to continue the conversation with them — won’t you join us?
How do you help students with learning to keep their emotional thinking open to learning?
Do you have samples of inquiry based learning?
Do you blog with your class (through inquiry? to build community?)