Recently in the Orientation to Finnish Culture and Education course at EdGlo we completed presentations on our personal education background. This gave us the ability to reflect on the education system we are most familiar with as well as learn about our classmates' backgrounds and their countries education systems. While my most current experience is … Continue reading Academic Profiles – Comparing the Dutch Education to US Education
Avery Holm Born and raised in a small town in Minnesota, USA. Educational background She grew up in the local public school system. In the local high school she joined the Arts Magnet Program where core subjects (English, science, social studies, etc.) were taught as interdisciplinary subjects with art. Across four years she explored creative … Continue reading A Profile of an EdGlo-19 Student
Food and alcohol are undeniably an important part of Karatsu Kunchi. Locals open their houses to family, neighbors, friends, and even strangers to come and spend a little time eating and drinking. Most of the women and some of the men in the family will work tirelessly to prepare a variety and large quantities of food. … Continue reading Karatsu Kunchi: Feasting and House-hopping
After a year I am returning to Ikebana. I am excited to get back to my flowers. Originally, I was taking Ikenobo classes at the local community center in my neighborhood but it became too expensive in the long run. after a few months of quitting the community program, I found out that one of … Continue reading Return to Ikebana: Arrangement 1
This post is originally from EdSurge and was posted on October 3rd.
I really like the idea of personalized homework. While it might take time prep assignments and build resources (hence one of the tips being ‘take it slow’), I believe it is worth it for both students and teachers.
“Autumn Hillis works with middle schools in the middle Tennessee region as an open educational resource curriculum specialist. She has taught at the middle school and high school level for six years with a focus in life and physical sciences. She is also currently working with Tennessee universities to train Tennessee science educators about personalized and project based learning.”
This post appeared in EdSurge, October 3, 2017
Differentiating content and instruction for each individual learner was once considered the pedagogical holy grail. Yet it could be tiresome. Offering three tiers of worksheets, four centers with varied ways to access content, or five levels of text was what defined a master teacher. But just as continual development of the iPhone eventually renders older prototypes obsolete; so too are new educational technologies pushing us past differentiation towards personalized learning.
Transitioning to a personalized learning environment doesn’t happen overnight—it’s a process. There…
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Life will send you important lessons to learn. And sometimes life has to send them again because you didn't learn your lesson the first time. That is what happened last weekend when I went to take the N4 JLPT. I studied for months and took two Japanese lessons per week so I could pass the exam. I … Continue reading JLPT Failure: Life Lessons, Culture Clash, and Sunburn
Last week I posted about the Karatsu Hanami on Kagamiyama. This post is all the other Sakura pictures I took during the season - and by that I mean one or two weeks. Cherry Blossom season is very special to Japan. Sakura or cherry blossoms are the unofficial national flower, it welcomes spring, … Continue reading Zo Many Zakura
One of the best things about living in Japan is being able to experience Hanami 花見 or cherry blossom viewing. Newspapers print when and where the sakura will be in full bloom. It's important to plan ahead especially if you want to travel, and many local venues with fill up quickly with viewing parties if the … Continue reading Sakura in the Fog
That's right I said sand pull. It's the only way I can describe what you are about to see The second day of Karatsu Kunchi begins mid-morning at a large sand lot between an elementary school and a major road. The road has been blocked to make way for the floats and hundreds of … Continue reading Karatsu Kunchi: Day 2 – The Sand Pull
If you ever find yourself in Japan at the beginning of November, I implore you to make your way down south to the island of Kyushu to a city called Karatsu. It's nestled on the west coast of Kyushu and quite easy to reach from Fukuoka. November is the busiest time of the year for Karatsu. … Continue reading Kyushu Festivals: Karatsu Kunchi – Day One