If you’ve never seen Blue Man Group
, you should. If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to use exciting popular culture to engage students in exploring science or math, go read Andrew Shauver
’s post The Blue Man Group did high school physics teachers a favor.
Actually, just watch the video embedded in the post (which is the bulk of the post, anyway). Using their superb timing and their highly finessed skill in staring at one another and the audience, Blue Man Group demonstrates some basics of sound. The 5-minute video entertains and educates, and opens the door to other questions, and I’m thinking that searching other video clips from the show might suggest many mathematical ideas. An interesting research project for teacher and student…
over at My Journey So Far… compares two professional development experiences in her post My Experience with FiresidePD
. The first class, which was online and ‘personalized’ because of the self-pacing allowed by the medium, taught the participant a few tricks and tips which were quickly mastered, and almost as quickly rendered out-of-date. But FiresidePD
, experienced with colleagues in the comfort of someone’s living room (and facilitated by Josh Gauthier
and Jason Bretzmann
both of Bretzmann Group
), put Adrianne in an environment in which she identify and target specific professional needs, learning skills that she could immediately put to practical use. The comfortable and collegial environment also gave her the opportunity to explore in depth longer term personal learning goals: “It was like a 3 hour lesson planning session where we could bounce ideas off each other.” Adrianne talks about creating a similarly comfortable environment for her students, which is an inspired idea. I wonder whether we can create similar environments for ourselves as self-initiated (determined?) on-going professional development.
Wendy Menard (@wmukluk