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Topic: feedback/questions
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Keith Grove

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Registered: 12/3/04
feedback/questions
Posted: Jul 5, 1998 10:57 PM
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Hi,

I am an on-line participant of the Summer 98 workshop which is to
begin tomorrow. My home page is www.ultranet.com/~kgrove/

I'm definitely interested in FEEDBACK.

I will have many questions during the week. Today my
questions/requests are:

1. I would like to find instruments (preferably on-line) for helping
students determine their learning styles and more about their 7 (or is
it now 8) types of intelligence. During the course I would like to
help students learn more about their own learning processes.

2. I would like to compile a page of resource links for students to
explore the "main topics" of a progressive high school Geometry
curriculum. (I am going to ask students to investigate and discover
for themselves the "main topics" - so if anyone has resources for this
search I would welcome them as well.) I'm thinking of Geometry as a
way of looking at the world so the topics would be more than
"parallelism", "polygons", etc. I will be asking students to discover
why schools/societies ask them to study Geometry and what are the
relationships to knowledge and lives.

I have to say at this point in my life and considering the state of
affairs in the world, if we (students and teachers) can't link our
studies to a more global and united consciousness, then I don't quite
get the point. Preparation for tests as gateways to higher education
and employment are real benchmarks and not to be dismissed, but I
can't help thinking that for most students (the highly successful and
the not so successful alike), these gateways are seen to be
superficial and artificial ... to be considered, prepared for, and
conquered ... but not held up as the ultimate goal of the course.
I would like help in creating a classroom of students whose time is
spent exploring ideas which are at their core worthy of sustained
study.

Thanks.

Keith





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