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.