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  • Being Experienced "Being experienced" does not consist in the fact that someone already knows everything and knows better than anyone else. Rather, the experienced person proves to be, on the contrary, someone ...
    Posted Jul 27, 2010, 5:43 PM by Paul Ketko
  • Education is Not a Race Education is not a race. A child who learns to read at age three has in no way "won" over a child who learns to read at age six or ...
    Posted Jul 27, 2010, 5:36 PM by Paul Ketko
  • Listening to Children Listening to children is more a deliberate act than a natural one. It isn't easy to put aside personal preferences, anxieties about helping more children, or the glaring, mechanical ...
    Posted Jul 27, 2010, 5:31 PM by Paul Ketko
  • Curiosity and Work Nobody works harder than a curious kid.[T.L. Friedman - in Taking the PYP Forward by Simon Davidson & Steven Carber  - Pub. - Pg. 96]
    Posted Feb 13, 2010, 10:28 PM by Paul Ketko
  • On the Other Side of The Door On the other side of the doorI can be a different me,As smart and as brave and as funny or strongAs a person could want to be ...
    Posted Feb 13, 2010, 10:28 PM by Paul Ketko
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Being Experienced

posted Jul 27, 2010, 5:37 PM by Paul Ketko

"Being experienced" does not consist in the fact that someone already knows everything and knows better than anyone else. Rather, the experienced person proves to be, on the contrary, someone who...because of the many experiences he has had and the knowledge he has drawn form them, is particularly well-equipped to have new experiences and to learn from them. The dialectic of experience has its proper fulfillment not in definitive knowledge but in the openness to experience that is made possible by experience itself.

[Hans-Georg Gadamer, 1983, in Conferring: The Keystone to Reader's Workshop by Patrick Allen - pp. 135]

Education is Not a Race

posted Jul 27, 2010, 5:32 PM by Paul Ketko

Education is not a race. A child who learns to read at age three has in no way "won" over a child who learns to read at age six or seven. A true race has a well-marked finish line that all participants must cross to determine the winner. In contrast "learning to read" is a lifelong process.... Learning does not stop after we have learned a skill or left school or college; learning and education are lifelong processes that come to an end only when we do.

{David Elkind, 1987, in Conferring: The Keystone to Reader's Workshop by Patrick Allen - pp172]

Listening to Children

posted Jul 27, 2010, 5:23 PM by Paul Ketko   [ updated Jul 27, 2010, 5:31 PM ]

Listening to children is more a deliberate act than a natural one. It isn't easy to put aside personal preferences, anxieties about helping more children, or the glaring, mechanical errors [miscues] that stare up from the page. I mumble to myself, "Shut up, listen, and learn!

Through our active listening, children become our informants. Unless children speak about what they know, we lose out on what they know and how they know it. Through our eyes and ears we learn from them: their stories, how they solve problems, what their wishes and dreams are, what works/doesn't work. their vision of a better classroom, and what they think they need to succeed.

[Don Graves, 1994, in Conferring:The Keystone to Reader's Workshop by Patrick Allen - pp.149]

Curiosity and Work

posted Feb 13, 2010, 10:23 PM by Paul Ketko

Nobody works harder than a curious kid.
[T.L. Friedman - in Taking the PYP Forward by Simon Davidson & Steven Carber  - Pub. - Pg. 96]

On the Other Side of The Door

posted Feb 11, 2010, 3:07 AM by Paul Ketko

On the other side of the door
I can be a different me,
As smart and as brave and as funny or strong
As a person could want to be.
There's nothing too hard for me to do,
There's no place I can't explore
Because everything can happen
On the other side of the door.

On the other side of the door
I don't have to go alone.
If you come, too, we can sail tall ships
And fly where the wind has flown
And wherever we go, it is almost sure
we'll find what we're looking for
Because everything can happen
On the other side of the door.


[Jeff Moss - in Conferring: The Keystone of Reader's Workshop - pg. 140 - by Patrick Allen]

What Your Children Take Home....

posted Feb 11, 2010, 3:02 AM by Paul Ketko

"What your children take home in their hearts is far more important than what they take home in their hands."
[Bev Bos - in Conferring: The Keystone of Reader's Workshop - pg. 139 - by Patrick Allen]

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