Teaching the Whole Child Through ITE Written and Presented by Mary E. LaLuna, BS, MAE
What is Teaching the Whole Child? It is the difference between purple and green. It is preparing our children for the 21st century. It is about current educators becoming fluent in 21st century literacy. It is putting into practice what the educational community has always known.
Purple and Green? • Purple and green grapes, that is…
Dick and Jane • “Before a teacher attempts to teach a child how to read, she must first establish a relationship of trust with the child. No child can learn if there is no relationship established first.” • This is a quote taken from a Dick and Jane reader, circa 1938. It is in the instructions for the new teacher.
Then and Now • 1938 - Education was a premium, progressives understood the need for an educated society and came up with a solution, public education. • Parents were a child’s first teachers. • 2011 - Now for many children we are their first teachers, • so…are we the giants? If we aren’t and parents aren’t, then who is? • “If I have seen further it is from standing on the shoulders of giants.”Sir Isaac Newton
Teaching the Whole Child = P3 = Play, Project, Problem Based Learning
Other approaches that reflect Teaching the Whole Child • Problem Based Learning Strategy • Integrated Design • Critical Thinking • ITE
Teaching the Whole Child Defined • TWC is a sensory experience, all of the child’s senses are accessed in order to create a meaningful learning experience • TWC challenges a child academically • TWC engages a child and elevates them to a new understanding of themselves and the world in which they live • TWC provides a safe, secure, healthy, relational reality. • TWC guarantees that a child is prepared as a 21st century learner
From the mouth of an IBM software engineer… When asked, what type of technology does a child today need, this is what his answer was…
I can't answer that, because I believe that in 6th grade kids shouldstill be playing, learning social skills on the playground or in thecafeteria, and discovering their talents - not learning how to createnew gadgets so people can avoid reality.
The 21st Century Disadvantage • Children born in 1960 entered into school with a whole new focus on health, balanced literacy, balanced approach to academics, but were still expected to be children. Parents were the first teacher, with extended family members supporting them. • Every child dreamed of having their own bicycle, that was their vehicle to the world off of their block. They longed to know what was on the other side, and nervously anticipated the day that they would get to venture beyond the block. The world beckoned them to seek. • This little girl new the only what she could would be to prove that she was equal to her big brother. If the chain of the bike fell off, then who was going to fix it? • The hand me down pink radio with the fascinating glowing dial broke, and there was only one way to have freedom to listen beyond the 4 walls of her bedroom, fix it.
The child born in 1960 Had the luxury of simple expectations There was no fear of passing a federal test There was no need for a social security card until a driver’s license was needed (another milestone which only came after years of riding a bike) The child born in 1960 could access the mainstream world dreamed of distant galaxies and can also access a virtual one with ease.
A child born in 2000 • Received a social security number before leaving the hospital. • Is tracked, tested, and held accountable to the government with expectations imposed numerous times before they ever apply for a driver’s permit. • Will be expected to maneuver through a virtual world while the mainstream world eludes them, because of tests and imposed expectations based upon standards.
What is Teaching the Whole Child Through ITE, about… • It is about expanding a child’s world • It is about expanding an already set experiential base and preparing them to be a whole thinker, doer, creator, processor • It is about identifying hidden gifts and abilities • It is about feeding their curiosity • It is about helping them define their place in the world • It is about facilitating that which they may not get at home, or in their core classrooms • It is about teaching the WHOLE person • It is about engineering future contributors to the WHOLE
“I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”Sir Isaac Newton, From Brewster, Memoirs of Newton (1855)
ITE holds the keyITE is… • Problem Based Learning Strategy =P3 • Integrated Design – STEM • Critical Thinking • Teaching the Whole Child
ITE educators are the bridge • Skills based instruction • Integrated reinforcement of content areas • Career focused development • Character Development, respect of people, places, resources • Identifiers of multiple intelligences
Teaching the Whole Child • Begins with a commitment to excellence, • a provision of opportunity found through experiential learning, • a movement that challenges current thought on what educating a child looks like, • an openness to view the world from the perspective of a 21st century learner, • it is moving our children from being mere consumers to profound producers, • All the while enfusing the simple skills necessary to play a game of kickball on the playground
Challenge • What is the biggest, strongest marshmallow structure you can make in the remaining time? • “Our desire for our future determines what our past would have been” m.e. laluna