Monday, November 23, 2009
Jake B., Physics Teacher at Mt. Blue, November 19, 2009
In order to address this concern, he decided to have them use the program, Inspiration. This is an excellent program for students to help them map their thinking. As Jake moved around the room working with individual students, I could see students were having great success.
What impressed me the most were the conversations students were having with each other as well as with adults. They were clear that this process of mapping (students connected ideas as they made sense to them) helped them clarify their thoughts and they could explain it in meta-cognitive terms. Interestingly enough, the maps were all different, but correct!
This is key for educators to understand. Students think differently and we need to find ways to empower them. How many students receiving extra help just need to process the information in a slightly different way? This program is something we need to take a serious look at for all of our classes. - Bravo!