Brian Cosby's video "Back to the Future"
What city do you live in? (9 out of 24 answered correctly)
What state do you live in? (12 out of 24 answered correctly)
What country do you live in? (3 out of 24 answered correctly)
I couldn't believe that so many students got these answers incorrect.
Brian then explained to his students that it is hard to understand anything if you don't really understand where you yourself live. This stood out to me. My family loves to travel. Whenever we go somewhere new my parents always make sure we truly grasp the history of where we are. Before we do any shopping we always check out the museums. We explore the museums and take tours of the cities so that we can truly grasp the culture. This summer we visited Spain and my parents wouldn't allow us to speak any english for the first half of the trip. I didn't really understand what they were trying to make us do, but I really enjoyed learning about the history of the country speaking the native language. So I think the students need to have a great understanding of the country and city they live in to truly learn. Brian believes in Project Based Learning. He uses wikis, blogs,and Flickr. It is important that the students are given an audience. One of the little girls blog I commented on a month ago loved that I read her blog. She wrote a comment on how she would like to hear more comments from me. I will make sure my students blog to get that large audience. Maybe I would have been more motivated in elementary school if I would have had a larger audience.