My project is on the topic ``How to make education more interesting for children``I am working together with my college Boryana Veneva. We are looking for finding something, that can make students study harder.It is a well-known thruth that,when people are asked about what experience they remember most from school, they talk about the teachers whose classrooms made them feel welcome and valued. And maybe this is the most important thing to be done.I have found some thoughts in internet ,that I think are very essential for our topic. Dr. Christensen was recently the keynote speaker at the 2006 Leadership for Classroom Assessment Conference. His full speech is a must read. Here's just a sample:
I have found that in schools where classroom-based assessment is led by teachers in collaboration with their administrators, that cultures develop where personal and professional renewal lives and thrives. I have found in schools with classroom-based assessment to be places where passion is back and it is welcomed. I have found that classroom-based assessment creates places where the passion is back and in these schools it is okay to be passionate about our work; our profession, our kids-all of our kids. And, I have found classroom-based assessment to create places where the professional spirits of educators can thrive and places where their hearts embrace each child and every child. Aren’t these the kinds of places where all of us would like to live and do our work? I think that maybe the passion is the thing that must first of all be fonud and after that we can look for the other details of making education more interesting for children.
'Some rules, that are really very important to be used at school:' For the principals- the work as a team, the evaluation of the quantity of the work at school, the self-support and however the family is one very essential part of the hole process. For the teachers- the interactive methods of teaching, the practical training, new educational technologies, the organizing of the school environment, designed to help the children, their individuality, observations and evaluation to the growing of the children, the overcoming of the surmount difficulties, the integration of the pupils with special educational needs and those from the national minorities too. For the parents- the communication, the parent`s role at the life of their child, the building of effective school boards, where all the parents can take part. Considering these tendencies with the one and only aim of finding and supporting a higher quality of the working process, the working of pedagogical teams, using the program `STEP BY STEP`,there are many foundations, that have orientated their qalification work to the above statements:
1. Interactive technologies at the teaching process
- The teacher – a person, who is trying to follow the traditions and at the same time to use new tendencies at the teachung process,that are more likely for the young generation. - The individual approach. - The organization of the environment, that is diverted into a new way of teaching the children. - Studing, using the method of play - The participation of the parents too
2. Individual method of approach, that is used to educate the pupils
- Different stages of the development of the kids. - The estimation of the development of the child - The individual planning of the different activities
3. The organizaton of the environment, that looks forward to find the better way of transferring the information to the children.
-The school environment. Centers for activity, -Planing of the school program.
4. Centers for activity.
-choosing those centers for activity. -working in small or big groups -cooperative studing
5. Subject-matter education
-integrative and subject-matter teaching -planing of the school program -strategies for teaching
6. The family is taking part into this activity
- the exploration of the family - the individual parent`s approach - the forms of collaboration with the family - the families at the classroom. Volunteers.
7. Communication and communicative abilities.
-the communication- as a social and pedagogical phenomenon -aspects of communication -components of communication. Barriers.
. 8. The constructing of a team
-a group and a team. The conditions of setting up the team. -stages of development of the team
- communication and the team-work. Lidership.
9. The management of the school. - a pedagogical team. - planning and controlling. - taking the main decisions. Evaluating and self-evaluating. - finding the main resources.
10. Midcultural education.
-ethnic community. -culture and collaboration. -the setting up of the midcultural school program.
11. Attracting the community.
- setting up of one community, that is sharing the concern of the educational process. -setting up of a confidence at the community and changes. -ability to protect. 12. Evaluating of the studing process.
-social and pedagogical functions of the evaluation. -kinds of evaluation
13. Children with special educational needs.
-individual plan for working. -adapting to the environment. -collaboration with the kids and the families.
14. Skills for leadership.
-profile of the provoking leader. -reaching an agreement. -measuring the success
15. Education without prejudice.
-prejudices-kinds and forms. -school content without prejudices. -creative dialogues with kids. All these stages are very important for the teaching process,because the help the organization of it and can also form one successful kind of studing.
Here is some information that i have found, that i think is very interesting, it is about the research of some american scientists about the game, the play, that is used at the teaching process:
The United States faces a crisis of undereducation in formal schooling and workforce training. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan has said that Americans' lack of skills is holding back economic growth.To address this crisis, the FAS(FEDERATION OF AMERICAN SCIENTISTS) set up the Learning Federation to lay out a path whereby today's learning enterprises can take advantage of information technology's potential within a decade. FAS President Henry Kelly has said: "Learning enterprises need to adapt to the needs of young and old, citizens and recent immigrants." Only by appropriate new uses of science and technology will individuals, in our increasingly diverse society, get the quality education and training they need.To date the FAS Learning Federation has:· Brought scientists and technologists in many disciplines together in unprecedented collaboration, to create · A national plan for how the many stakeholders in education and workplace training can benefit from advances in cognitive science and information technology.We are now reaching out to stakeholders, including researchers, corporations, government, the video games sector, to help us create a better future for all Americans—soon.
FAS releases report on video games and learning
The FAS announced groundbreaking recommendations calling on government, educators, and business to develop strategies to use video games in education and workforce training.
Games, Cookies, and the Future of Education
FAS President Henry Kelly explains how games, simulations, and other information technologies can revolutionize and personalize education.
ESA Chief discusses potential for video games beyond the living room
Doug Lowenstein, president of the Entertainment Software Association, praised FAS' ongoing initiatives to study the potential of video games as learning tools during his State of the Industry Address at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.
FAS hosts Summit on Educational Games
This summit marks the first meeting of individuals from academia, government, private foundations and the software development industry to determine the challenges that need to be addressed to create a healthy marketplace for educational games.
FAS' Kay Howell Leads Serious Games Summit Roundtable on Building a Research Agenda
If the use of games in learning and training is to increase it must be accompanied and buttressed by a robust research agenda. This roundtable identified key research needs and issues.
FAS' Discover Babylon Educational Game Highlighted
Michelle Roper's Discover Babylon was recently featured in WUSA News, Education Week and eSchool News.
FAS' Multi Casualty Incident Responder Training Featured at ITSEC
Mark Schleicher will present case study on the Dept. of Commerce funded simulation used to train FDNY fire chiefs.
Henry Kelly, FAS President, Presents at National Academies Workshop
Dr. Kelly presented the Learning Federation R&D Roadmap and described the Digital Opportunity Investment Trust Initiative (H.R. 2512 and S. 1023) that would fund the research plan, November 2, 2005.
FAS' Virtual Patient R&D Plan
FAS' Virtual Patient R&D plan focuses on improving the integration of learning technologies into simulation-based trainers in medicine. The goal is to form an effective bridge between textbook and patient, while reducing errors associated with the acquisition of patient care skills.
FAS Immunology Game Featured at Games for Health Conference, Sept. 28 & 29 Baltimore
Details about Games for Health 2006
History in the Digital Age
FAS Board Member, Larry Grossman, spoke compellingly about the role of the federal government in upholding the publicska on September 22, 2006.
There is a small test, which was given to the pupils at third degree:
1.You have to study a new story in literature :
a) you prefer to play the characters of the new story and that way you can understand the whole story more clear. b) you prefer your teacher to read the story for you. c) you prefer to read it by yourself.
2. During the painting lesson, it will be more interesting if:
a) there is a kind of a painting game ,that you can play in groups. b) you just draw your picture c) team work is not interesting for you.
3. You have a math test:
a) you wish there was a computer with a math game, that can find out the degree of your math knowledge. b) it is better if your teacher can give you a list with your test. c) it would be very interesting if you could take the role of the teacher and examine the other pupils and meanwhile your teacher can see the degree of your knowledge in math and the knowledge of the others too.
4. To study more about the plants:
a) you can do an experiment to study more about the growth of the seeds. b) it is better if your teacher just tell you what is it. c) you can read it in your textbook
CONCLUSION: These little test was given to the students at 3-d degree. They have completed it and there were different answers. On the first question there were 60% for answer –a; 30%-for answer b;and 10%- for answer c. For the second one the results were 85% for answer –a; 15 % for answer –b: 0 % for –c. The third question was very interesting for the students and the biggest percent was for anwer-a , because they think that the computer is more efficient way for the studing process as a whole. There were 70% for answer –a; 25% for answer –c and 5% for answer-b. IT is a well-known truth that experiments help not only children, but adults too at their learning process. So there were 80% for answer-a, 20 % for-b and 0% for-c. The conclusion of this test is that the young generetion thinks that the new technology is a better way of helping the process of studing. Computers are something very important for them and we think that there are some pros and cons about this question too. They can find really more information, using computers and Internet, but on the other site this is something which helps their earlier growing up. However there is also not a small part that belives that the teacher is the essential figure at their studing and this is something very good. However the teacher is the one, who makes this process more interesting for the children and in his hands is everything.