>>Brian, >> >>What is your view of the purpose of elementary education?
>I take its primary purpose to be the development of the intellect, >with all that that entails. One can argue over the extent of that >brief, and I'm not terribly fussy about the details; but I do insist >that the first concern of education is the *mind*.
A threoretical question, then. If the mind is the centerpiece, doesn't it stand to reason that an elementary teacher should want to know all there is to know about the development of the brain?
I'm not trying to press any point of view here. I'm not a teacher and would like to know more about what makes an elementary school teacher different or special. My question is about the tools you bring to the classroom and how you keep them.