The ABCs of Organic Teaching
Turbine Teaching By Kim BLevins
140-foot blades sliced the air
like the wings of a mammoth bird
forced me to look up in fear and wonder.
I stood in in the shadow of the wind turbine,
Put a hand to my forehead and looked up,
at the stark white pinwheel
that towered 240 feet above me.
Floaties, little bits of dandelions and trees,
appeared to be flying off the top,
sparkling in the bright sunshine.
The sound stopped.
“Is it finished?” I asked my guide.
“No, just turning,” she pointed. “The wind probably changed direction.”
I looked up in awe as the entire top swiveled.
“The blades even change their pitch
to generate the most power possible.”
Is teaching like that?
Are we the windmill?
We turn and mold our delivery
To gather the most possible power
from our students
No matter where they are coming from
Or going to.
Are we the wind blowing information
in a steady stream?
Our students adapt and maximize
and utilize what’s needed
To glean information and retain knowledge
No matter what form it is given
Or what is expected of them.
We need to begin by being the windmill
Flexing to meet our students needs,
framing the picture so they see it.
We need to end with our students
Standing tall and strong
Equipped, confident and able
To take on the challenges of what comes next
adapting to generate a life of power.
Classroom Ideas/Lesson Plans/Presentations
Here are some free resources for you- things I love to use in my classroom! Check back- I will be updating this!
A student commonplace book cover
Commonplace books are amazing. These messy, creative books can do anything you want them to. They aren't journals and they aren't scrapbooks but are kind of a combination of the two.
Presented at 2011 Write to Learn.
Photos of Commonplace Books
Directions on my teacher website about freewriting-
Overview of Freewriting
Presented "The Shoes Project" at the 2010 Write to Learn Conference. .
Teaching Tolerance blog: http://www.tolerance.org/blog/journey-shoe-may-help-grow-hearts
My powerpoint - http://www.scribd.com/doc/27822519/Kim-Blevins-Write-to-Learn-Power-Point
Photo at left from: http://media.photobucket.com/image/walk+in+my+shoes+/youngblock313/shoe.jpg
Article of the Week
This resource is from Kelly Gallagher. Buy Readicide if you haven't. I have a review in my blog on this site.
Directions from my teacher website:
Kelly's site with articles: