Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

Creativity, edu: Learning as The Demogorgon

Patricia Hampl says, “Maybe being oneself is an acquired taste.”[ii] That’s a good way to think about the search for self that occurs in the process of learning. After all, we aren’t approaching information from a vacuum. We approach it within the context of who we are as a person. All of our past experiences, our beliefs, the things we’ve been taught by our families and important communities, these will shape the perspective that we bring to our learning. And our learning may shake up those perspectives, may threaten the things we thought we knew about ourselves, who we are, and our place in this world. And that can be a scary thing.

December 14, 2016 · 1 Comment

Planning In and Out of Class Activities

In my last post, I talked about the developmental progression that I think about when it comes to learning. In this developmental process, I consider the following: Learning Outcomes: What do … Continue reading

May 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Developmental progression of learning: Things for teachers to consider

  It is important to build opportunities for connection and engagement for students.  In order to do this successfully, I make a continued effort to root my teaching in the … Continue reading

May 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

What is exceptional teaching?

Exceptional teaching provides structured opportunities for both students and the teacher to hear one’s inner voice and understand one’s calling. Aside from being the executive director of a center for … Continue reading

May 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Creating Space for Learning

One of the most enjoyable aspects of moving from practicing school psychology to teaching and training students, and then to serving as a teaching consultant for college faculty members, has been … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 · Leave a comment
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