College pedagogy

This last paragraph from an interview with Professor Eric Mazur (see here) is delicious. And puts the finger on a great problem at our higher education system.

Mazur: Absolutely. You want to be a lawyer, you have to pass the bar exam. You want to be a doctor, you have to pass all kinds of exams. You want to teach in a kindergarten, you need to have certification. But if you want, on the other hand, to teach the next generation of leaders—and you want to teach in higher education—simply by virtue of a PhD degree you are supposed to know exactly how to educate people. It just doesn’t make sense.

I have a degree in teaching math and sciences, not for higher education, but when we join to discuss pedagogy or didactics some of my colleagues see some of that ideas for the first time, and we are training and teachers!

Hope that more colleagues of mine see the same, and try to learn, read and think about how to deliver quality lessons and learning experiences for our students so that they can be great teachers.
Maybe in a generation or two, we stand here discussing other minor matters.


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No matter where he is or who he is, but unfortunately there are still people stupid enough to defend this kind of animalistic attitudes in the education of our children.
And there are some who say that they also took shots like these in school and growing up without problems …
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Starting 2012

Well, early this year has been diabolical. He was the defence of my Ph.D.  project on January 4th, but was rescheduled for January 12, in the middle, I presented the project’s research forum on UIED which has been reviewed by experts (fortunately, since it served me to refine the theoretical framework ).
Later on I will talk about the project in a separate post.
In addition, I still had to prepare the final examinations and the Geometry of Statistics and Probability for my students, who have not yet started to correct, but by their faces in their realization and the look that I gave to tests the situation is not very famous.
But good news, we were accepted for this year SEMIMELISBOA to talk about digital divide and decided to take a different approach, let’s look at digital exclusion through the eyes of digital natives (following the definition of Prensky).

The end of 2011

Well, the final day of 2011, I again remembered the blog.

It has been a troubled year with the PhD and the constant challenges of my classes.

In addition, my colleagues and I initiated our attendance at conferences (well, not initiated, because in 2010 we had already presented some communications), but this year we produced well (and not only in quantity), not only at conferences, but also articles.

We started the year in SEMIME talking about digital inclusion (in portuguese), in ED-MEDIA presented a poster and extended abstract about teacher perceptions of using moodle, afterwards in CHALLENGES we presented a poster (in portuguese) with the continuation of the work about student training and began the study launched in Barcelona last year, which was presented in Berlin in ECER2011 by my colleague (and we in the hangout google + from Portugal).

In between, came the publication of a book of proceedings of Barcelona and published an article on teacher training in moodle environment on eleed.

In the field of the investigation of the PHD, I presented data from a preliminary study and paper in Portsmouth in the ICTMT10 and the results of a mathematical task in SIEM (presentation and paper), and helped to organize a meeting of education on literacy and numeracy where I presented a communication on mathematical illiteracy (in portuguese), based on texts by Lockart and Allen Paulos.

In between, was continuing my first year of the PhD course, where I completed the project, which will now be presented on Jan. 4.

I would like to reference my work colleagues Patrícia Fidalgo and João Paz, and thank you for the work we have done, and my advisor for your patience constant.
Like all my colleagues from my PLE around the world.

It was a busy year, but they envision for the year will come tomorrow will be even more.

Good entries in 2012.

Random thoughts

Well, since September until now, this blog got sloppy because my life took a big turn.
From a presentation in Barcelona (which I will talk briefly), I came to enroll in the PhD and started to be more active on twitter and with much less time to update this blog.
My idea would be discussing the way in my PhD, but time is not elastic (at least at this size!) and with my classes as a teacher, my classes as a student and work, tasks and other activities, something has being left behind.