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ERIC Number: EJ898414
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0022-8958
Crafting Moments of Inspiration in the Classroom
Hebert, Terri
Kappa Delta Pi Record, v46 n4 p148-151 Sum 2010
As an amateur photographer, the author seeks surprises amid the mundane. For example, instead of simply photographing a spider's web, she waits until just after it rains and to find the spider's web filled with glistening droplets of water that serve as tiny prisms of light. The mundane suddenly is transformed into something truly amazing. Moments captured through the lens of a camera are crafted first in the mind and later on the page. The same is true of crafting learning experiences. Educators must maintain a sense of wonder and awe--even as they fend off the subtle, yet intensely profound momentum toward standardization. Staying inspired is difficult with so many requirements placed on teachers and students that there is barely time to simply achieve the minimum. However, going beyond the minimum is the expectation of one standard--INTASC 4--which urges teachers to seek out, understand, and implement a wide variety of instructional strategies that provide encouragement to students as they develop an ability to think critically, to solve problems, and to perform specific skills. This article discusses strategies or techniques that encourages students' creativity and curiosity, as well as prepare students mentally and socially.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A