Saturday, October 15, 2016

It took me a long way to reformat my mind


I was trained as a theoretical physicist. What I started on October 14th, 2016 is a social experiment.

It took me a long way to reformat my mind. When growing up I was taught that only one type of social experiments can exist – a revolution; and it has to involve a whole country, and no individual can conduct his/her own social experiments.

Now we know that social experiments can happen on different scales, and anyone can initiate one. We also know that, as any experiment, this experiment can fail.

However, as I always say to a student telling me: “Mr. V, I don’t know what to do to solve this problem” – “Try something, anything, there is always something you CAN do!”.

In school I learned about one of the biggest social experiment of the 20th century – “The Grate October Revolution”. Now we call it “A Bolshevik Coup of October of 1917”.

I remember an interesting fact. The Bolshevik movement started from a printing a small paper, rather a flier, called “A Spark”. The motto of the paper was “a Fire will come from a Spark.”

And – for better or worth - it did!

I hope that this campaign will become such a spark and together we will make a difference!
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Dr. Valentin Voroshilov
Education Advancement Professionals
GoMars.xyz

To learn more about my professional experience:
The voices of my students 
"The Backpack Full of Cahs": pointing at a problem, not offering a solution
Essentials of Teaching Science

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Monday, October 10, 2016

An example of NOT being a teacher.

Today I have met a man, we talked, I said that I am a teacher, and he told me a story.
His son could not get how to divide numbers.
Turns out, today math teachers teach division differently.
The man showed his son the old fashion long division and the son got it, and started using it, and was getting correct results.
However, math teacher wrote a note to the man saying that he cannot teach his son methods different from approved by a school.
This is a spectacular example of NOT being a teacher.
Down the road, it does not matter how a student does division as long as it is done correctly. And if a student can learn division differently from taught by a teacher, it only means the teacher is not good. Period.



Everything what everyone needs to know about teaching is summarized in

Fundamental Laws of TeachOlogy: a Handbook For a Beginner Teacher 
for parents and general public that information is enough to talk with teachers about education, and it is also sufficient for beginners to designing their lessons.


Thank you for visiting,
Dr. Valentin Voroshilov
Education Advancement Professionals
GoMars.xyz

To learn more about my professional experience:
The voices of my students 
"The Backpack Full of Cahs": pointing at a problem, not offering a solution
Essentials of Teaching Science

P.S. about a year after I wrote this post, another person told me a very similar story.

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Becoming a STEM teacher: a crash course for people entering the profession

My book "Becoming a STEM teacher: a crash course for people entering the profession" is available on Amazon.
But everyone who found this link can download it for free!
Here is a link for a free book in different formats.http://books.noisetrade.com/teachology




Thank you for visiting,
Dr. Valentin Voroshilov
Education Advancement Professionals
GoMars.xyz

To learn more about my professional experience:
The voices of my students 
"The Backpack Full of Cahs": pointing at a problem, not offering a solution
Essentials of Teaching Science

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