February 27, 2018
What exactly is “Aboutitus?”
It’s our tendency and habit of presenting a subject as bits & pieces, isolated elements, small topics, outside looking in, rather than supporting student role-play in the whole game.
Masters of the Language of Identity encourage learners to be members of a society or field of learning, in other words, Insiders.
Cooks stirring the pot rather than watchers of the pot.
Scribes instead of learning about how to write.
Meterologists instead of learning about weather.
Scientists instead of learning about chemical reactions.
Poets instead of learning about haiku.
Our choice of language communicates inspiration and intention that signals students to choose a frame of mind. True understanding of a discipline involves learning its ways and means through active participation and lucid imagination.
Set out your apprentices to think like a ... Caribbean pirate, SpaceX CEO, biochemist, news anchor, Stoic philosopher, tax analyst, Renaissance oil painter, a younger child.
Be courageous and good: Take a stand against “Aboutitis,” today!
Julie Bora, instructor for The Heritage Institute, online continuing education courses for teachers has a B.S. Biology/Pharmacology, M.S.T. Pre-K -6 Elementary Education.
One of Julie's favorite philosophies is:
If you want to build a ship, do not call forth people to collect wood, and do not assign tasks and work. Teach people to long for the beautiful immensity of the endless sea.