Charles Ames Fischer

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Playing Around in Socratic Seminar 1

Posted by Charles Fischer on October 25, 2012 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

A while ago I mentioned the idea of play together with Socratic Seminar.  At first, the two don't seem to belong together. Play is supposed to fun and energetic, and Socratic Seminars are usually starchy and serious. So how can the two go together?

One of my favorite twists on Socratic Seminar is to have the students role-play as different participants. ONe year, when I taught high school, I had the students research various historical figures. They had to...

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Posted by Charles Fischer on October 21, 2012 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Laughing as a form of exercise? Sounds funny, huh? Well, this article suggests that "laughing until it hurts" can actually be considered exercise. I remember hearing about Laughing Yoga once and found the concept equally interesting.

As a teacher, I have always found that laughter makes learning enjoyable. A good laugh at the right time in class, such as after ha...

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Play and Socratic Seminar

Posted by Charles Fischer on August 28, 2012 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

A few posts ago, I mentioned the possibility of incorporating play into Socratic Seminars and obviously I meant things that would enhance the educational experience of those involved. Toward that end, here is a video from TED about "The Marshmallow Problem" - which not only would get students involved in a hands-on project, but would allow them to explore group dynamics. As a facilitator, you could then use the various stages of the task to explain how things work in the larger seminar. Enjoy...

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Thinking Styles

Posted by Charles Fischer on July 1, 2012 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Here's a great article about thinking styles and how they work together. A lot has been written on the subject, but I think we can all use more information and clarity on how the brain and body works. They say that space is the "final frontier," but I think the human being and our pote...

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I Can Multi-task Effectively, Right?

Posted by Charles Fischer on January 24, 2012 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Recently I had a student email me that she was struggling with our school's online reading comprehension program. In her recent work, she was scoring about 50% on her comprehension tests. She emailed me to find out how she could improve. My first question: What else were you doing? 

As it turned out, she was also texting and watching television at the same time. She laughed as she told me, but she, like many people, was probably operating under the impression that she c...

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What adults can learn from kids

Posted by Charles Fischer on December 28, 2011 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

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Dance Not Powerpoint!

Posted by Charles Fischer on December 14, 2011 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (1)

I have never cared much for Powerpoint presentations, especially when people just read off the slides. Here's a fantastic idea to use dancers instead!

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Posted by Charles Fischer on October 21, 2011 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Here's a fascinating article about "power postures" and how they can help you learn. This would make a great exercise for a nauralist class. The students could try various postures out and write what they think is happening to them as they do various tasks.

Should Students Be Allowed to Doodle?

Posted by Charles Fischer on October 18, 2011 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Many teachers assume that students who doodle are not paying attention. But is that assumption accurate? 

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Skill 8: Knowing How to Learn

Posted by Charles Fischer on October 9, 2011 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The eighth skill (not in any particular order) from the article entitled, Ten Skills Every Student Should Learn, is the skill of knowing how to learn. It would certainly be hard to argue this one. Knowing how to learn would be a major gift for anyone's future. The question becomes how do you teach such a skill?

I think there are two main components to this. The first is that teachers must shift the burden of responsibility of learning over to the students. The posting...

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