In December of 2008 Brian Hartenstein and family left America for an adventurous life overseas to live and work throughout Asia, raising three daughters with a sense of wonder and awe at the possibility of the world. It is now 2016 and the adventure continues back home in Oregon. This blog remains as a time capsule to that period. Thank you so much to all our friends around the world. Please stay in touch. We miss you all!
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Bloom's Taxonomy Tats, Frozen Classrooms, and Basic Educational Guerrilla Warfare... Yeah, it must be a Wednesday!
Bloom's Taxonomy... This Wheel Should Be Tattooed on Every Teacher's Chest! Why have my coworkers never heard of it?
conversation in the staff room lately has been about two things: What's up with the frozen classroom here on the Equator and ...our crappy curriculum? Or more likely,
why we don’t have a curriculum that isn't full of said crapola? Guys have ideas…oh yes, guys have ideas…but it hasn’t come
together. I’m a clog in the wheel. I know that.
But nothing anyone has suggested has any teeth, and I can't let the issue rest.
So Paul and I call a staff meeting and put
together a presentation... we say, reading… what is reading? Reading is
what you make a kid demonstrate back to you that he understands form a
text. He identifies, defines, locates, predicts, infers, relates, examples,
concludes, compares, and paradigms. It’s a set of skills based on
critical thinking over a 4 to 6 year period… these skills have a progression
toward a higher-order of thinking…you assess this formatively through standards that are ongoing. You know ... Critical Thinking... You dig?
Everyone in the meeting scratches
Hartenstein Bundles and Braces for Nuclear Fall-Out and Curriculum Guerrilla Warfare
we say, writing… what is writing?
Writing means composition and composition is the essay. Essays are specific measured explanations of
certain skills called "Benchmarks" that are assessed summatively over the same 4 to 6 year period where kids define, postulate, compare / contrast, cause / effect, list, sequence, quote, disprove, research, and persuade... all gradually
increasing in depth and difficulty as the mind develops into either “Exceeds” or “Pass” or “Not Yet Pass.”
know…? The Essay... Benchmarks? Really?
there is even more head scratching... we bundle up in the frozen cement classroom and stare at one another until the administrators say they will get back
to us, which they do a week later saying: "It is our conclusion the English Department must teach more vocabulary." I said, “Yeah, we sure do!”