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Gifted/Talented Conceptual Emphasis
Creating Landscapes is planning its twenty-fifth season while the Gifted and Talented Program (a Landscapes Learning Satellite) launches its fifteenth year. As it turns out this quarter century exploration of learning and teaching has yielded more questions than answers. Nevertheless some things have become very clear.
We now understand that landscapes learningis differentiated by absolute commitment to quality, simplicity, authenticity, integrity, justice and fun. We have evidence that finding expressive form has the potential to transform individuals, relationships and communities—especially learning communities. We realize that aesthetic experience depends on critical understanding as well as enlarged capacity for noticing, listening, sensing and feeling. We do know that the success of our serious playenterprisedepends on choosing collaborators carefully and learning to leverage the resources at hand. And finally, we are beginning to suspect that of equal value to forming significant questions is finding the courage to challenge traditional answers.
Our clarifications are supported by a theory about learning called constructivism. Some general ideas that come from constructivism may be useful to keep in mind as we continue our processes of rethinking and reforming our educational practices:
Speaking of verbs, you will be interested to note the replacement of nouns with verbs in the twenty-first century revision of Bloom’s Taxonomy of higher to lower order thinking skills:
And finally, in the service of creating diverse learning communities that value intergenerational dialogue let us remember to honor: deep listening, collaboration, cooperation, and consideration!
Jan Hyatt, Coordinator Creating Landscapes Learning Programs
Gifted and Talented Allegheny Coordinator