Kicking off With Linda Burkhart’s Stepping Stones
by Samuel Sennott
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Linda Burkhart’s Terrific Website: www.lindaburkhart.com
Linda Burkhart starts the hour with redefining “errorless learning”, a term she has used often. She speaks about how for her it means a forum for learning filled with strategic and meaningful feedback where the child can problem solve during their efforts, focusing on active learning and experimentation. She speaks about a flooding into the field of a skewed look at the concept that speaks about just, “not letting the learner mess up.” For me, her teaching on this concept is forever tied with her classic story of the lady with the yellow umbrella. (not told this session) She shows this concept of active learning, so clearly during a later software demonstration showing informative feedback for an emerging two switch scanner stacking virtual blocks.
“How long do I teach cause and effect? Well, about ten minutes…for the year.” , says Linda. She tells us that children can get this concept very quickly, if we do the hard work of setting the environment so that the learner can, “get it.” We see some excellent video examples of children using the movements that they already have to “get it” and quickly move on to more cognitively engaging activities.
Some Clips from the Hour Session:
Stepping Stone One: Cause and Effect
Getting What the Movement it is: Cause and Effect: learning for yourself
Getting it in Several Locations: a lot of things you can do and have fun doing it.
Goal: Practicing: Thousands of times with intent, purpose, and motivation
Two Switches Two Functions
Two Switch Step Scanning
Software Pics: Inclusive TLC: Switchit Wildlife
Stealth Switch: An affordable $70 (here at ATIA) switch interface that allows you to reprogram the switch inputs like the intelliswitch. Sold by Technology for Education www.tfeinc.com Look for direct link asap.
Stealth Switch software interface.