Posts Categorized: Foundations

Critical Thinking and Civil Debate for Ordinary Life (and Ethics, btw)

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This lesson is about how basic critical thinking works, and how important it is when discussing issues that are controversial or personal or are otherwise disposed to unnecessarily heated discussions. I will begin by showing that techniques exist for this, both for regulating emotions and then for proceeding in a rational way regardless of how […]

“Brick & Mortar” Engagement Strategies

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Week 4 Demonstration of Engagement Practices: From icebreakers to methods to gauge depth of understanding, these active learning techniques will get your students out of their seats and involved in the topic at hand. Here are a few that we covered: Continuum Walk/Line: line up in order of experience (we did years teaching at Valencia, […]

Mindfulness – Making My World Slow Down

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Students at Valencia wear many hats. Many of you work(some 2+ jobs), are married or in a serious relationship, have children etc. Now you are taking on another role, college student. There are times when the stars are out of alignment and the world just gets crazy- think finals, health issues, loss of job etc. […]

Principles Whereby Teachers May Secure and Hold Interest

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Special thanks to Rhonda Atkinson for sharing this quick read with us. She first heard about W.H. Lancelot’s Principles of Interest from an Agriculture Professor at LSU–Even though the principles were developed almost a century ago, She finds them to be just as relevant today and uses them often in planning course content. Here is the link […]

Bloom’s Taxonomy

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Special Thanks to Rhonda Atkinson for sharing these videos with Circles Bloom’s Taxonomy is a classification of learning objectives proposed in 1956 by a committee of educators chaired by Benjamin Bloom. The Taxonomy has long been considered to be a foundational and essential element within the education community. A mythology has grown around the taxonomy, possibly due to many people learning […]