Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Dumbest Generation Creative Commons Post

The book, The Dumbest Generation, relates to this sign by way of the recent generational approach to common sense. We see this a lot now days; we are becoming too caught up in teaching children to the tests, and not providing authentic experiences, to conceptualize and internalize knowledge. Much like life, if we are too busy studying simple concepts (such as the sharp edges of the sign), we miss the big picture (bridge out ahead).

Saturday, October 23, 2010

When I think of the dumbest generation, I think of people such as myself who have a ton of tools at our disposal and just a little bit of knowledge on their implementation. The owner of this great bike lock put a lot of faith in the security it afforded. Reading the manual that came with the lock would help him use it better. Todays learners who walk into the library and head straight for the magazine rack are much the same.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Book Cover Image

I am reading " The Dumbest Generation -How the Digital Age Stupefies and Jeopardizes our Future (or Don't Trust Anyone Under 30)." The image on the cover of the actual book is very clever. It shows Transformers raising the American flag at Iwo Jima. This image seems to be saying that this generation ( anyone under 30) is not smart enough to actually know that the Transformers did not raise the flag at Iwo Jima.
The image I chose is of a little boy zoned out playing video games. I was drawn to this image because it affects me as a teacher. It seems that kids can concentrate on a video game for hours but when it comes to school it is hard for them to concentrate for more that 15 minutes.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My Book Image

 This image reminded me of Chapter one on Knowledge Deficits.  Jay Leno is known for asking young americans questions on the street.  One question he asks is "Do you remember the last book you read?" One response was "Do magazines count?" So I chose this image because it made me think and smile as I thought of that section.

Welcome to Literature Circle Twelve!

Your Super Summarizer schedule is as follows:

Section One--Due October 28, Mary Day
Section Two--Due November 4, Mary LarscheidChristensen
Section Three--Due November 11, Reva Potter
Section Four--Due November 18,Barton Torbert
Section Five--Due December 2, Robin Curtis Weaver
Section Six--Due December 9, Lori Jones