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LOSING OUR ILLUSIONS….

August 31, 2007 Leave a comment

Students today tested their powers of perception along with their reasoning in trying to analyze and then explain 8 optical illusions.

 They also have a semantic puzzle to solve ( courtesy of Hipbone Games) ….

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REMINDER

August 30, 2007 Leave a comment

Classroom Policy sheets are due to be returned this Friday.

PERCEPTION vs. REALITY

August 30, 2007 Leave a comment

The students were introduced to two concepts today – that Perception and Reality can be very different and that Western Civilization has two basic and opposing Worldviews on the nature of Reality itself (going back to Plato vs. Aristotle). Characters from the sci-fi movie, The Matrix, were used to illustrate the point.

After viewing material and discussion, questions were asked:

And now, simply for fun !:

TEEN BRAIN

August 29, 2007 Leave a comment

The students are finishing reading and highlighting an article on the “Teen Brain” from USA Today, to learn how their brain manages perception and cognition.

PERCEPTION, COGNITION and WORLDVIEWS: UNIT VOCABULARY

August 29, 2007 Leave a comment

The introductory unit ” Perception, Cognition and Worldviews” focuses on how people’s understanding of the world around them is affected by their culture, ideas and history; and, in turn, how their actions can create systemic changes that shape worldviews. The following are terms, concepts and individuals used for this unit of study ( If you don’t what some of these are, don’t panic – the whole point of education is to learn new things, not rehearse what you already know):

Concepts:

Perception, Perspective, Position, Philosophy, Values, Orientation, Cognition, Metacognition, Meme, Culture, Society, Rule-set, Worldview, Paradigm, Paradigm-Shift, Evolution, Cultural Evolution, Objective, Subjective, Bias, Social Contract, Empiricism, Scientific Method, Natural Law, Revolution, Humanism, Framing, Feedback, O.O.D.A

Worldviews:

Prehistoric, Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Reformation, Enlightenment, Scientific Revolution

Thinkers:

Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Francis Bacon, Rene Descartes, Isaac Newton, Montesquieu,

Charles Darwin, Thomas Kuhn, Richard Dawkins, George Lakoff, John Boyd

WELCOME TO OPEN HOUSE!

August 27, 2007 Leave a comment

Monday is LJHS Open House – parents and students are encouraged to visit from 9-11 am.

Overview of the 8th Grade Social Studies Curriculum and learning philosophy:

EDUCATING FOR THE FUTURE

August 26, 2007 Leave a comment

Students today are already operating in an increasingly digitized, interdependent but highly competitive world. Parents, teachers, school boards and administrators, legislators and community leaders need to think in terms of the next forty years, not today or their own youthful experiences, when making educational decisions.

Check out an overview of the rate of change:

The old question adults once asked children when trying to guide them to think of the future was: ” What do you want to be when you grow up ?” A better one for today might be “When you grow up, what kind of options do you want to have ?”.

Categories: Education policy, Futurism