Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Sound of Math

July 30, 2011 at 11:14 pm, by

“Numbers rule the Universe.” ~Pythagoras pi = 3.14159265 Are you hungry for some apple pie? Possibly some pumpkin pie? I can’t lie, I have no pie. But, I rather talk about pi. This pi, you observe every day.  It’s a … Continue reading

1st Stage of Drafting

July 22, 2011 at 7:53 pm, by

I’m very excited to start the early stages of curriculum planning. After some brain busting and mind blowing discussions, we have given basic guidelines to follow for our lesson plans. As the foundation of our courses, we must provide guiding … Continue reading

Picasso Bulls Exercise

July 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm, by

The staff at GCE conducted a Picasso bull exercise. We spent time on each bull exploring the meaning of the bull. We asked questions like “What are the essential components of a bull?”. I have provided my comments/insights below on … Continue reading

Hello world!

July 21, 2011 at 6:20 pm, by

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Curriculum Sketching Extravaganza

July 15, 2011 at 5:06 pm, by

OMG! I am bursting with excitement about the inspiring curriculum that GCE staff are generating each and every day. Not surprisingly, each of our work sessions exponentially increases my respect for the incredible individuals collaborating to bring this curriculum to life. This afternoon, we presented curriculum sketches to one another. Somehow, each staff member managed Read More…

Picasso & GCE

July 12, 2011 at 11:14 pm, by

Today I facilitated an activity with the staff in which we examined Picasso’s bulls. Picasso deconstructs a bull and simplifies it to its essence (see below). His efforts stand as a critique on almost all unnecessarily complex and purposeless things we do, including how we construct and operate schools. Our discussion was fascinating. We explored [...]

Neuroscience of Learning

July 8, 2011 at 12:36 pm, by

GCE has partnered with Landmark College, “The college of choice for students with learning disabilities and/or AD/HD.” Sapna Prasad, Landmark’s visiting instructor, led GCE staff through a two-day Neuroscience of Learning workshop, which focused on the Neurology of the Brain, Brain-based Learning, and Brain-based Instruction. Please see staff comments to glean a sense of this Read More…

First day of the new school year

July 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm, by

Back at GCE after a “Summer in a Day,”* or so it feels given the fact that it’s July 6th and our staff has returned to full-time work. Our schedule today was simple: • Welcome • Big Picture • HR • Facilitated reading and discussion • Closure The afternoon exercise was facilitated by Adam Davis, Read More…

Many Connections… The GCE Forest

July 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm, by

Back to planning and making connections, we spent yesterday in search of a visual representation of the communication lines of GCE: – How to convey in a diagram all the networking we cultivate? After much drawing and letting go of traditional hierarchical organograms, the idea of a 3D map came to my mind, which I [...]