Drawing from his many years of experience, p4cHI founder Dr. Thomas Jackson (Dr. J) shares some of his most memorable moments and significant realizations. These stories provide us with a vibrant and oftentimes inspirational perspective on where p4cHI has come from, what it is, and, indeed, on what it could be.
What can one do to deal with scary ideas like monsters under the bed and divorce? In this story Dr. J tells us about the thoughts of a class of Kindergarten students.
"I remember this," a veteran teacher once whispered to me as we sat through a rather tedious presentation of the latest and greatest best educational practice. "We did this 30 years ago."
If you study the history of education in the United States, you'll notice a series of pendulum swings. Educational policy and practices seemingly go too far in one direction and then society reacts and the pendulum wildly swings too far in the other direction. We are, it oftentimes seems, a society that is drawn to the extreme poles of action/reaction and either/or.
In this video post, our group will continue their demonstration of the basic, "Plain Vanilla" method by showing you Steps 2 & 3. In Step 2 the students generate questions for discussions. Then, in Step 3, they select one of these questions for discussion.
The filming of these videos was done by UH Uehiro Academy (the home of p4cHI) intern Ryan Roberts. Ryan would come in early Saturday morning, download video, and prepare for the day's filming while I went and collected the students. We would usually film for about an hour and a half and would try to shoot 2 or 3 videos in a day.