First assignment

From: Jesse Thyne
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Date: 04 Oct 1996
Time: 17:19:04


I am a psychology major, and I intend to minor in education this quarter. The study of creative schools and programs has been of a particular interest to me. In addition, I have found that the college curriculum does not teach applications of knowledge very well. I’m more interested in practical uses of knowledge than the academic/hypothetical understanding that most of my classes are focused on. I feel that students absorb material better if I they are able to have some hands on experience. When I got the flyer for this class in the mail, I could not believe it was true. I hope that I can see for myself what the nature of learning is. I have read a lot about it, and I’m very excited to be a part of the ongoing effort to help children learn about new technology around them. I have not thought much about the issue of guiding with the tools of technology, it sounds fascinating. I also hope this class does make an effort to respect the children, and to shape their environment so that it is friendly and inviting, which seems to be the general idea so far. The only conflict that I see between my personal goals and the goals of this class is that I hope that I can observe the children carefully, and still be helpfull to them. What I mean is that I hope that it is possible to be both being a psychologist, and a friend/guider for the kids at the same time, they both seem like full time jobs.