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Thursday, September 27, 2012

developmental disorder / delay...

Communication
Social
Emotional
Behavioral
Educational
Fine and gross motor skills
Develop full potential
Music therapy intervention



Autism



Wednesday, September 26, 2012

What I Believe

Key words: Believe, Appreciation, Love


General:
Whether you can succeed or not depends on whether you believe in it.
Beauty is everywhere, but sometimes we may not have the eye to appreciate it.
Be yourself, love everyone.
The road is what you choose and you have to go so don't regret.. the road is still there..that section is just hard to pass.. try different methods and keep on going as long as it is not the end..  follow the voice of the heart..

Education:
Learning is through experiencing.
Do what you love and love what you do.
All kids can be good kids and learn well, as long as the teacher can give good instruction.
All people are capable of learning from their environment.. We need to create the "right environment" for learning and "positive environment" to help to foster character in students..


Relationship:

Stay to connect with people that are smarter than us.
Try new things, experimental spirit, keep on growing and learning
If it is a crap, no need to cry for it. 
forgive and forget.


Nation:

Like bible in western culture, our ancestors wrote those teachings
based on our behavior, which are our traditional values and social
norms. In a narrow sense, we are Chinese because we heard of some Chinese language or be able to read it, which does not mean we are real Chinese. If we really know it, we should understand the values and philosophies in them and employ them in daily practice. In broad strokes, real Chinese are those who abide by the good teachings in
our traditions perfectly. Hence, I can not say I am a real Chinese.

I am a normal person so I make mistakes, which is against the values as well. In this sense, I am not a real Chinese as well. However, I am still learning and improving myself
through practice and I am willing to face my problems and improve
them.





Thursday, September 20, 2012

How to Incubate Innovation

I read a bog on quantum progress, called Cal Newport provides the key for incubating innovation in students.



I found this blog really interesting as first I saw the title. I really what to find the missing key for "incubating innovation".  I like the metaphor key to indicate the solution and the way to nurture ideas and creativity. Plus, the author used alliteration for "incubating innovation", which sounds catchy.

I like the idea "metacogntition curriculum".  He designed a case study project, including interviews and writing. I think students can learn how to manage their learning process through experiencing and practicing. They are doing something that they choose and they are interested in. They may think and envision what it will be like and put lot of efforts into it. I agree with the idea that it is important to help student to "pursue activities that make their heart sing". Doing something with initiative may keep students motivated, because they are the owner of their project.  

I think this can also prevent procrastination to some extent. There always something that we like to do or we don’t like to do, like the food we like to eat or we don’t like. Even though we don’t like it, we have to eat it, because it is good for us or we need it. So is learning. If students are not motived or interested in the subject, it is easy to get procrastinated. From “to do” to “will do”, it is a change of attitude. Hence, as future teachers, why don't we start from students' interests. We can try to give them an opportunity to make a choice and manage their learning process. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Another Brick in the Wall? -- Technology Transforms Traditional Classrooms through Creativity


Another Brick in the Wall?

-- Technology Transforms Traditional Classrooms through Creativity




"Educational Change Challenge"

Nowadays students are growing up in the digital era, where people are more likely to interact with people via blogs, twitter, facebook, etc. through the Internet. Young learners are more used to the electronic devices such as smartphones, iPads. Hence, as educators, we need to alter the way we teach, because the world and the way students learn has changed due to the development of technology.

The traditional classroom is like a factory, where students are like the products and teachers are like the engineers. Instruction tends to be more uniformed within certain time limit based on the standardized curriculum. Students’ imagination and initiative tends to be enclosed within the classroom’s wall. Limited materials and resources can be presented and applied due to the lack of technical support. However, the Internet has broken down the brick wall of the classroom, leading students to an avenue to see the real world outside the classroom and interact with people beyond time and space.

Also, people actually don’t learn exactly at the same pace and in the same way. As George Evans mentioned,“Everystudent can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way.” Technologies give students more room to grow and develop confidence to be successful in learning. Also they can feel a sense of engagement and maintain the curiosity in exploring the subject matters that they are interested in. Hence, in this way, learning is more individual-oriented. In other words learners are the owners of their learning process. They can make a choice and decision in creating their own blogs to share their ideas and findings. Also, sharing common interests, learners can negotiate with each other and work together to present their learning outcomes as a whole through the Internet. Hence, within this cyber community, each individual can contribute towards the same goal.

"RSA Animate-Changing Education Paradigms"

Sir Ken Robinson highligted the significant contribution of the modern technology on education. Technologies do transform the world and the way people communicate, so traditional classrooms are also experiencing a revolutionary change, where more learning opportunities are available for different types of learners. Each student can have a taste of success and a sense of enjoyment in learning. Their creativity and individuality can be better presented in their digital work.




Communicate, Collaborate and Connect

Mid-Autumn Festival

China's Mid-Autumn Festival is traditionally celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunisolar month (see Mid-Autumn Festival Dates), which is in September or October. The festival is the second most important festival after the Spring Festival to Chinese people. Every year, when the festival comes people go home from every corner of the country and the world to meet their family and have dinner with them.
Celebration of the Mid-Autumn festival has a history of over 3,000 years, dating back to the moon worship in ancient times. Read more on history and origin of Mid-Autumn Festival
The festival is celebrated extensively across the country, and is one of the few reunion holidays for Chinese families. On that day, Chinese family members stay together, admiring the full moon and eating mooncakes.


Retrieved from: http://www.chinahighlights.com/festivals/mid-autumn-festival.htm

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Legend of Nian Monster


The Legend of Nian Monster

The Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year, is the most important festival for Chinese people. Legend has it that in ancient times, there was a monster called "Nian" ("year") that would come out to eat people and animals on the eve of every New Year. To avoid the monster's attack, people would flee to the depth of the mountains and call this day "Nian Guan" (meaning "the Pass of Nian"). On one New Year's Eve, there came an old beggar in Peach Blossom Village, where an old lady gave him some food and asked him to hide himself in the mountain to avoid the monster Nian. The old man promised that he could drive the monster away as long as he was put up for the night at the old lady's home. Being unable to persuade the old man into hiding in the mountain, the old lady went alone. In the middle of the night, the monster Nian dashed into the village. He trembled and cried when he saw the red paper on the door of the old lady's house, which was brightly lit. Just as the monster reached the entrance, there came blasting sounds that prevented him from moving any further. At that time, the old man, wearing a red robe, opened the door and the monster was scared away. Actually, the color red, firelight and blasting sounds were the things the monster feared most. After that, on every New Year's Eve, every household would paste red couplets, let off firecrackers and light candles as well as stay up the whole night to avoid being attacked by the monster. This is how these customs came into being.



QUESTIONS
1
Knowledge Level
What did Nian see on the door of the old lady’s house?
A. green plants   B. blue mail-box 
C. red paper        D. golden bell
What did Nian hear when he reached the entrance?
A. talking  B. barking  
C. singing  D. exploding
2
Comprehension
Level 
Explain why on every New Year's Eve, every household in China would paste red couplets, let off firecrackers and light candles as well as stay up the whole night?
3
Application Level
Draw “” on a piece of square red paper :

*** TIPS ***
·      means blessing, good fortune and happiness.  http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/

4
Analysis Level
Why did Nian run away when he came to the old lady’s house?
5
Synthesis Level
·      Create a scenario to present what happened when Nian saw the color red and firelight and heard blasting sounds.
·      What’s your response if Nian is going to visit your house in the middle night?
·      What would you use to get rid of Nian if you were the old man? Please invent three tools
6
Evaluation Level
·      Prioritize the tools you invented in the previous question and support your ideas with reasons.