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Reasons for Concern Regarding Boys and School!

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My name is Linda Marie Gilliam, and this is my first attempt at blogging on my own website that I feel so passionate about!  I am not exactly “tech savy”, but with help from my partner, now this site http://www.teacheradvocate.com  is up and running! Yahooooo….

In addition, if you click on the above “SOS Save Our Students”, you will read more of my concerns and suggestions!

Soon I will have my book available in bookstores, libraries and online in many countries called , “The 7 Steps to Help Boys Love School:  Teaching to their Passion for Less Frustration!”  My book will be published by Rowman & Littlefield Educational Department this spring, and I can hardly contain my excitement! Pre-ordering is available now!   http://www.roman.com  Also available all over the world at “WOW HD BOOKS”… Barnes & Noble and Amazon. You can also order from Target and Walmart.

Please watch for it around April 28TH, 2015.

In my wildest dreams I never thought I would write a book, but after seeing what was happening in our educational system year after year…the book evolved. Hopefully many teachers, parents, caregivers, principals, coaches, librarians, and administrators will read my book and pass it along to others. Over the course of my 40 years in the field of education, teaching children, helping teachers, counseling parents, and giving presentations at various workshops, my concern became larger and larger. In addition, by teaching as the Literacy Specialist, I learned many new strategies with struggling boys, and girls. Exceptional children benefit as well!

I’ve discovered that the most significant reason for children not liking school….boys in particular….is the lack of the Educational System finding a successful template. Secondly, boys learn differently than girls and develop slower when it comes to Literacy. Brain studies and so much research has been done over many years, showing that girls and boys learn at different rates and in different ways.  If our policy makers do not heed the warning that boys need more activity in their learning, and all children must have lessons presented at their developmental level….and not just presented to them according to their current age…we will lose more and more students who have the potential to succeed. These children need to be reached in their earliest years of schooling, before the lack of interest in coming to school, “snowballs” out of control.

Numerous studies have proven this fact over and over, yet classes and learning are taught the same way to all. Girls like sitting and listening for long periods of time; while many boys feel tortured. Boys need more “hands on activities”, with movement and exploration, for their learning to flourish. Medication may be necessary for some with ADHD, but it is not the answer for boys who are just “acting like boys.” Far too many boys are “labeled” early, if they cannot conform to a structured classroom.

In my opinion, we as educators and parents need to encourage children to discover their own strengths through finding a child’s true passion, or interest; no matter what it might be and early on. Those interests will change, but then so must our teaching My heart goes out to those children “lost” in the shuffle of so many schools trying to “shove children through the educational mill” of reading, writing, and math, only hoping they will do well on an upcoming mandated test. “One Size Will NEVER Fit All”, and our currently crowded curriculum leaves little time for much creativity by teachers or students.

There is no time for learning foreign languages, or any other subject not directly tied to the Common Core Standards… or required tests given. It is obvious that little has changed over the century to solve so many problems prevalent in our schools today. To further substantiate this, we have heard of how a number of our best known Nobel Prize Winners and other well known men, truly hated school. Many of them even thought school was boring, confining, prison-like, and frustrating, at very best! Consequently, a large number of brilliant men dropped out of school, choosing home schooling and learning on their own.

The time is now, if we want to close the widening educational gap between boys and girls, as well as the increasing gap when compared to other countries in the areas of reading, writing, math and science. My theory is that if we do not change our “Antiquated School System” soon, children’s frustration will lead to the serious epidemic of aggressive behaviors and a general feeling of failure found mainly in boys. We may be doomed to the mediocrity our country will accomplish in the future, not to mention what it is doing to our society as a whole. School shootings and stabbings, bullying, fighting, gang activities, bomb threats, and even suicides are constantly in the news, much to our dismay. To even think so many schools are now eliminating RECESS, to give more time for “teaching” Common Core Standards is truly ludicrous! 

Please Contact me: lgilliam@teacheradvocate.com  if you believe as I do, or have a comment.

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Learning Opportunities!

The learning opportunities that rise toward the era in which memorizing, and testing won’t be needed

November 3, 2017

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Michelle and Anat Korenfeld

This weekend I’d like to share with you the essay my 13 years old daughter wrote for Tthe Future of Technology Summit competition (link below).

Students were invited to write about the future from their point of view as natives of the digital age. The refreshing inspiring result is here to follow:

“The future – so far yet so near. Every day we: the people, the students, the teachers, the scientists, the world, take a step forward towards reaching the future that we all dream about. If it’s flying cars or robots teaching at schools, it will all happen. But for that we need advanced technology, creativity and passion – so we have the tools to grow.

Today’s young generation hasn’t yet got the chance to show the world how their way of thinking can generate even more advancement than we have experienced up until now.

But in the future robot teachers will have access to learning materials on computers. Teaching will happen by exporting the specific material to the students’ brains. Not having to memorize, pupils will move straight to practicing creative thinking, drawing on their own ideas.

Students will be able to send messages to their class-mates’ brains, enabling group creative thinking. This could lead to high levels of creativity. I don’t think instructions will be needed anymore. Teachers will focus on facilitating the creative thinking happening in class.

Students will engage in individual processes, like developing their own ideas, whether technological, artistic and so on. It will be important to connect students with peers from around the world exploring similar ideation, or with companies out of school which specialize in the field. The teachers’ role will be to gather information about each student’s progress, directing, connecting and supporting.

Today grades are the most common feedback from teachers. In this kind of futuristic learning environment, students will receive feedback from all the people they are cooperating with. It will give the students more opportunities to develop their ideas and to develop as human beings.

The key is CREATIVITY. A word that we happily hear a lot of lately. A word that opens doors for thousands of special brains to thrive.

And the keyhole is TECHNOLOGY – what humans use to improve their lives. It started when the cavemen realized they can use a stone as protection and to get food; and goes on until this day with every house that has computers, iPads and smartphones, in a world that is virtually connected.

I think there will be no need for offices in the future. Work will take place in your own space. For example, YouTube: A group of people that take a camera, share their lives and get money for it. Already today, when YouTubers post a new video, people leave comments, share, ask questions and receive answers, keeping the conversation going. This leads to the next videos. But those videos are for entertainment. If students use this digital conversation to enhance their ideas, learning will be much more interesting.

Social media will serve people to think of new ideas, making them real, sharing, and getting feedback, thus creating creative communities. The understanding how to treat others open-mindedly will support this evolutionary process. The understanding of how ideas can turn into technological novelties improving lives will be the difference between dreams that come true and those that don’t.

Now I can see the future clearly. It will be a fantastic planet, where people can freely express ideas and be loved for them. It will be a special planet that changes, develops and takes five steps forward every day. We can just hope for a society that will stay positive and not be cruel to one another. If we want a creative society, we need the world to come together, sharing ideas and working together to make them real.”

If you’re interested in teaching resources for creative thinking kids, you’re most welcome to visit my blog.

Click here for The Future of Technology Summit and essay competition.

Best of luck with your creative education endeavors,

Michelle Korenfeld

Raising Creative Thinkers

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