IAE Blog

Information Age Education (IAE) is an Oregon not-for-profit corporation founded by David Moursund in August 2007. The IAE Blog was started in August 2010.

Forecasting the Future: Good Education Helps Prepare Students for Their Possible Futures

All of us routinely make forecasts about our possible futures. For example, I wake up in the morning and reach to my dresser top to pick up my glasses. I forecast that they will be where I usually leave them. Once in a great while they have been moved by one of my cats—indeed, may be lying on the floor. Somewhat similarly, I go to my closet and reach for a shirt that I forecast will be there. I put on my shoes and tell my fingers to undertake the somewhat magical process called tying my shoes. I forecast that this tying process will happen correctly. (Sometimes it doesn’t.)

A few minutes later I am reading a newspaper, eating breakfast, and planning my day. That is, I am in the process of creating my future. When I plan and then make decisions about implementing my plans, I forecast that I will successfully carry out my plans. I can analyze possible results of successfully carrying out my plans—that is, making my forecasts come true.

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Home and School Environment—and Games—in Math Education of Kids

Recently my close friend and co-author Bob Albrecht shared with me examples of a category of math problem used in some elementary school math classes. We are currently co-authoring a book on the use of games to enhance math education for K-8 students. (Note added 12/2/2012: See Moursund & Albrecht in Reference at the end of this entry for the title and a link to download the book.)

Add to 15: List as many ways as you can to use the numbers 1 through 9 to add up to 15, without repeating any of the numbers in a single equation. If you can, try to list all possible ways.

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What Should We Teach Our Kids about Various Handicapping Conditions?

When I was finishing high school, I took the State of Oregon vocational test. I remember doing quite poorly on the spatial reasoning and manual dexterity parts of the test. I recall that I received a report that suggested I should not plan to take more advanced math courses due to my spatial reasoning level of performance on these tests.

It is interesting to note that I had little trouble in completing a doctorate in math. However, throughout my life I have had considerable trouble finding my way around cities I visit and buildings I enter. In addition, I certainly am “klutzy” when it comes to manual dexterity.

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The Role of Emotion and Skilled Intuition in Learning and Problem Solving

The title of this IAE Blog entry is the same as the title of Chapter 4 in the book Mind, Brain, & Education edited by David Sousa (2010). Quoting from that chapter, authored by Mary Helen Immordino-Yang and Matthias Faeth (2010):

The message from social and affective neuroscience is clear: no longer can we think of learning as separate from or disrupted by emotion, and no longer can we focus solely at the level of the individual student in analyzing effective strategies for classroom instruction.

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Knowing a Little about a Lot and a Lot about a Little

One of my favorite quotes is:

"Try to learn something about everything and everything about something." (Thomas H. Huxley; English writer; 1825–1895.)

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