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John Holland

December 25, 2013

The Joy of Giving: Head Start Angels

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In the past, my students have always received gifts from a local charity or community organization. This has always been arranged by my instructional assistants, older African American women with strong roots in our community. They took care of it and I was left to the joy and toil of teaching straight through till winter break.

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John Holland

December 24, 2013

A is for Apple

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I am going to eat this apple. When I do it will be the best apple I have ever tasted. It is a special apple. You might say it is magical, even if it did come from the VCU dining hall. It was given to me by one of my college students in my Foundations of Education course. In fifteen years of teaching I have never received an apple before. I never really expected to either.

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John Holland

December 4, 2013

We Lose Our way

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I was talking with a professor of foundations of education at a southern university recently and she made a comment that has been ringing in my ears. We were talking about a shift away from child centered curriculum in early childhood when she said, “We lose our way. We always lose our way.” In that simple comment she summed up many of my experiences recently.

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John Holland

November 11, 2013

TeacherPrep 2030: Preparation for Accomplished Practice

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Last week, my students in my Foundations of Education class in Richmond, VA joined students in a teacher leadership club at Mount Holyoke in Massachusetts, to talk about global education with Noah Ziechner in Seattle, Washington.

Noah (pictured, at left) had just returned from Singapore where he and a group of teacher leaders met for the Global Cities Education Network (GCEN) symposium organized by the Asia Society.

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John Holland

October 1, 2013

Oprah, Brene Brown, Teachers, and Shame (Oh My!)

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When I saw the video below it hit me pretty strongly as, “An idea teachers need to engage with.” When I find an example being made of education in the media that portrays the messiness of teaching in a negative manner I want to share it. I want to hear what others say. I did that on Saturday with this video of Brene Brown Ph.D. who talks with Oprah about the use of shame as the “number one classroom management tool.” I reposted it pretty quickly with the following comment.

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John Holland

September 4, 2013

Have You Ever Felt a Power Trip Coming On?

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We have all seen it: teachers on a power trip or on a rampage or just completely disconnected from children. In teacher preparation courses on behavior management, preservice teachers are warned to avoid the power struggle yet, these same teachers are also taught to always be in control of their students.

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John Holland

September 2, 2013

Welcome to the Learning Studio

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The Learning Studio will consider the learning ecology of early childhood education from child development to classroom practice, from research to policy. It will explore the definition of early learning and the process of teacher preparation.

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John Holland

September 2, 2013

The End of the Collaborateurs?

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Dear Collaborateurs - Jose and I began our work together on the Future of Teaching blog to expand the conversations around the book Teaching 2030 in August of 2009. It gave us a forum to further explore the themes, termed Emergent Realities, of that collaborative work.

 

Emergent Reality 1: Transformed learning ecology.

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John Holland

July 28, 2013

Teacherpreneurs in Teacher Preparation: What I Did During Summer Vacation

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In my new role as summer adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University I had the privilege of teaching an extremely small class. I had five students who ran the full gamut of experience and interest in education.

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