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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.

Whole Games and Junior-level Games in Education

This IAE Blog entry draws on ideas in David Perkins' book Making Learning Whole (2010). In my 4/26/2011 IAE Blog entry about David Perkins’ book, I gave several examples of “whole game” and “junior-level game.” See http://i-a-e.org/iae-blog/substantially-decreasing-the-illnesses-of-elementitus-and-aboutitus-in-education-.html. This current entry continues to explore ideas of such games.

Consider a young child sitting on a parent’s lap and listening to the parent reading a child's story. Think about this whole experience as a game being played by parent and child. From the child’s point of view, the game has a variety of components such as the creature comfort of sitting on a parent’s lap, the fun of being read to, viewing the pictures and relating them to the story, and responding to story-related questions posed by the parent.

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Substantially Decreasing the Illnesses of Elementitus and Aboutitus in Education

 

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Order Out of Chaos and Chaos Out of Order

When I first started my university teaching, I thought teaching was easy. As a math teacher, I had a book selected by departmental experts and written by an expert. The department provided me with a syllabus for frequently taught courses. I was expected to selected the book and developed my own syllabus for courses in my specialty area.

The content I presented was mainly an explanation of what was in the book, but included an orientation of how I understood the material and how I thought it would best fit the needs and current understanding of the students. Students who did well on tests and homework got good grades. Those who did less well got lower grades. Some students failed mainly through lack of effort or through having an inadequate preparation for the new material being presented.

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