Saturday, September 4, 2021
"Memories Are Made of This!" That's a great song from our past. One that Ed De La Hunt plays often. Well, it won't be long now and new memories made!
Saturday, July 3, 2021
Saturday, June 26, 2021
Your Reunion Team of Tony Roszak, Larry Rossini, Hugh McElroy and Tom King all hope to see you at our 65th Reunion Celebration of The Illustrious Class of 1956 on September 17-18!
If you are attending our Class Dinner at DeGidio's on Saturday, September 18, please be sure to mail ASAP your personal check made out to:
1250 Mourning Dove Ct.
Eagan MN 55123-1119
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
"Teaching & Learning in the Pandemic: Helpful Tech Tips! See My "Digital Interactive Notebook" Ideas for Students! - Ellen Schafer (Middle School Science STEAM Teacher)
NOTE: DR. TOM KING, AUTHOR OF "THE BLOG OF DE-FOG," A K12 EDUCATIONAL BEACON THAT LIGHTS THE PATH TO"MORE WILL LEARN MORE" BRINGS YOU THIS GUEST BLOG BY ELLEN SCHAFER, PUBLISHED BY: RE@L.COM/BLOG
Monday, August 19, 2019
Click here! A blast from our RE@L past worth watching!WCCO-TV reporter, John Lauritsen, along with MECC Founder, Dale LaFrenz, tells viewers the story of Oregon Trail™ and how it "immersed" K12 learners back in those bygone days. Click on the arrow above.
Students who played Oregon Trail™ on their computers learned how to survive and make it all the way to their Oregon goal. They loved playing the game, and many still play it:
The good news is that RE@L will release a new learning product this year that puts students in charge of a far better understanding of what "Know Smoking" means. Vaping too.
More RE@L STEM-based learning products coming soon to schools near you!
Friday, January 18, 2019
"No one did more than Horace Mann to establish in the minds of the American people the conception that education should be universal, non-sectarian and free.
Furthermore he held that its aims should be "social efficiency, civic virtue, and character," rather than mere learning or the advancement of sectarian ends.
Arguing that universal public education was the best way to educate unruly American children into disciplined, judicious republican citizens, Horace Mann won the approval of modernizers.....for building public schools. Most states adopted a version of the system Mann established in Massachusetts. Educational historians credit Horace Mann as father of the Common School Movement."
Students Learn From People They Love: David Brooks
Putting relationship quality at the center of education.
Extreme negative emotions, like fear, can have a devastating effect on a student’s ability to learn. Fear amps up threat perception and aggression. It can also subsequently make it hard for children to understand causal relationships, or to change their mind as context changes.
Even when conditions are ideal, think of all the emotions that are involved in mastering a hard subject like algebra: curiosity, excitement, frustration, confusion, dread, delight, worry and, hopefully, perseverance and joy. You’ve got to have an educated emotional vocabulary to maneuver through all those stages.
And students have got to have a good relationship with teachers. Suzanne Dikker of New York University has shown that when classes are going well, the student brain activity synchronizes with the teacher’s brain activity. In good times and bad, good teachers and good students co-regulate each other.
The bottom line is this, a defining question for any school or company is: What is the quality of the emotional relationships here?
And yet think about your own school or organization. Do you have a metric for measuring relationship quality? Do you have teams reviewing relationship quality? Do you know where relationships are good and where they are bad? How many recent ed reform trends have been about relationship-building?
We focus on all the wrong things because we have an outmoded conception of how thinking really works.
The good news is the social and emotional learning movement has been steadily gaining strength. This week the Aspen Institute (where I lead a program) published a national commission report called “From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope.” Social and emotional learning is not an add-on curriculum; one educator said at the report’s launch, “It’s the way we do school.” Some schools, for example, do no academic instruction the first week. To start, everybody just gets to know one another. Other schools replaced the cops at the door with security officers who could also serve as student coaches.
When you start thinking this way it opens up the wide possibilities for change. How would you design a school if you wanted to put relationship quality at the core? Come to think of it, how would you design a Congress?
David Brooks' insights today make a major contribution to our better understanding of how learning happens, and what needs to be done to keep it happening.
There is a great difference between ignorant and unlearned. The learner has a choice to leave ignorant or remain unlearned. Poverty, when I was teaching at an inner-city school back in the early 60's, was a major motivator for students to learn. We teachers led them to drink the waters of knowledge by "salting their hay," as that saying goes.
We brought students our own passions to learn and shared them, while listening more carefully to their dreams and nightmares. It seems those visions are in shorter supplies these days, and much more difficult to cause. Basic needs are often good enough, and for many young learners, social media and gangs take over where family relationships fail to engage.
Take another look at the photograph that introduces Mr. Brooks helpful column today. If you are a leader, whether teacher, parent, or someone who cares about learning, shout out loud enough to be heard by all, "Have I got a good story for you!"
Brooks helps with some rubrics for your story...."think of all the emotions that are involved in mastering a hard subject....: curiosity, excitement, frustration, confusion, dread, delight, worry and, hopefully, perseverance and joy. " If you can stand up and share your dreams, your students may share theirs, and the dialogue of learning begins again.
Take a deep breath, smile and share!