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ERIC Number: EJ1008760
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
Voice of Experience: Little Square Pegs
Day, Nicole
Education Canada, v53 n1 Win 2013
The author got a bucket of water and a cloth and called her 3-year-old daughter, Gisella, to help her get things done. She had a "goal" in mind for her daughter; she wanted her to learn something simple like how to clean the table. But then she discovered that as Gisella dunked her little hand into the bucket, soapy water spilled over the edge. It fascinated her, and she tried it again and again, experimenting with this concept. Instead of learning to clean, she learned about displacement--pretty great for a three-year-old and certainly as valuable as table-wiping. Then it struck her: if this had taken place in school, Gisella would have failed miserably! And so she finds that her own children have awakened a burgeoning curiosity that leads her to question teaching practices she has been enthusiastically endorsing--such as outcomes-based curricula and their corresponding assessment models. Do educators create and implement curriculum outcomes because they truly believe they are best for their students--or because they haven't imagined how to do it differently? Are they ready to transform? There is one thing the author is sure of: that the weighty responsibility of preparing children for a world of possibilities, and the challenges that come with change, face educators and parents alike.
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Language: English
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