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Promoting Collaborative Consultative Skills in schools In artistic and academic classrooms

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Collaborative, consultative skills and shared communication are the strenuous activities required in teaching all types of content and learning (no exceptions. )

It is no longer engaging to students of any age or ability to take daily boring orders from teachers, unless those precious few are trained and educated to share, discuss and listen to youthful ideas all day long.

 Just look how we think, act/ or study now!  Talking back to computers, cell or computer phones! We live in technology-filled rooms, at cyberspace movies, attracted by ideas and vision and sights not even slightly familiar, but grabbing attention, brought to them by satellite!  Conversation-based dialogue and integrative problem solving, such as researching black coal and find ways to stop mine disasters, to solving a math game/ problem with someone in China, and publishing it!  

Conversations, socially active and sophisticated, or mentally ill, without vision or  silent with severe disabilities, are the technology of this age, free from one set of “do what I say” rules are on the fringe of becoming shared learning!  Are you a teacher that does conversational-style instruction? Is your teenager’s classroom like this?   Is your own school, and your home, or your work place or your interactions with children way too instructional?  Or…are you willing to change?  Be conversational, embracing dialogue, be like Montessori who did it! Like Einstein who did it!  Like Galileo who did it! Or my instructional guides, Tharp and Gallimore who did it!  

In science, literature, music, civics, theatre, art, economics and math, the wisest teacher discovers student’s skills, through conversation. They listen and share, and therefore teach.  Wise teachers keep all children actively engaged and on the move!  Teachers become conversationalists, not lecturers, students become poets, singers, not bodies waiting for a lecturer. 

        Accelerated curriculum is all about discussions, asking, checking opening technology and reading and thinking in numbers to new everyday problem-solving, increasingly “accelerating Curriculum.”

Ask Dr. Susan