Sunday, January 16, 2011

Big ideas/little ideas

Big ideas:
  • Teamwork
  • Literature circles
  • Effective research
  • Cross-curricular writing portfolios (which also include spoken or visual presentations)
  • Communication as a tool for self-fulfillment, self-expression, self-reflection, and self-improvement
  • Communication as a tool for connecting and creating individuals and communities

Little ideas:
  • Non-academic vocabulary (50-cent words)
  • Grammar lessons
  • Responding to teacher-generated questions
  • Right and wrong answers in literature

I'm not saying that what I've labeled as "little ideas" are unimportant.  But I think they should build towards the big ideas.  The problem is that I spend all of my time thinking big ideas and acting little ideas.

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