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March 28, 2010

Toolbelt… talking my language!

by Chris Lindholm

Ira David Socal, researcher at Michigan State University, shares a thought provoking slide show on what he calls "Toolbelt Theory."  Yes I have a obsession for power tools and toolbelts, but in this case, it's about the heart of his message.  The newest post on his blog SpeEdChange correctly nails reading, writing, and arithmetic (the 3 Rs) down as the means to a greater end.  Too often we educators focus on these three skills as the primary goal of education resulting in students who find no reason to participate and prolific disengagement.  Frankly, lessons focused on how to make sense of little symbols on a page aren't that interesting…  Learning is fascinating when it results in something significant, life changing, or meaningful.  Reading, writing, and thinking mathmatically allow our students to discover this magic - it's our job to set their sights on the right goal.  They will be passionate about learning the critical tools if the goal is cool enough!!


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