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It’s the Authentic Experience in all academic disciplines that truly make a difference in what a child will not only learn, but internalize and use.  Exposure in isolation does not have the same impact as the Authentic Experience.  Drilling for hours doesn’t come close to the impact of even a quick but Authentic hit.
Most teachers and parents are extremely busy and may overlook the quick and easy Authentic Experience for children.  One of the main focuses of this blog is a reminder about all of those wonderful Authentic Teaching moments out there.  Sometimes I’ll go into detail if I think the details are important, but usually I’ll try to just put out a quick note about anything that strikes me as a great Authentic Learning moment for kids.
My other focus will be Authentic Project Ideas and Resources for teachers.  Again, I will go into detail when the details are important, but often I’ll just relay ideas that come to me, or that I come across.

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Authentic Project Idea – Waves

What causes the waves in the oceans?  Why are waves bigger on some coastlines than on others?  Where are the best places to surf?  Lots of questions, lots of research, many possible currents to follow (waves…currents…get it!)  Hmm…what causes ocean currents? Authentic projects often start with a simple question, lead to research, and end in … Continue reading Authentic Project Idea – Waves

Authentic Teaching Opportunities – Project Presentations, and more…

Adults often do many things for children that they can do for themselves, especially when preparing for a project.  We all know how important it is to be prepared for a lesson with students.  But being prepared, and adults doing work that students can learn from, are two very different things.  Planning and gathering materials … Continue reading Authentic Teaching Opportunities – Project Presentations, and more…

Authentic Project Idea – Airplane Engines

How do airplane engines work?  What is the difference between how propellers work and how jet engines work?  Some airplanes have hybrid propellers/jet engines, how do those work? Authentic projects often start with a simple question, lead to research, and end with a student construction of a 747 (if you are lucky, it will just … Continue reading Authentic Project Idea – Airplane Engines

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