Thursday, November 30
MasterMinds: Set Your Learning Intentions
Bob Duke, Ph.D., and Art Markman, Ph.D.
Two Guys on Your Head
Spend an hour preparing for your giftED17 learning experience with Two Guys on Your Head, Bob Duke, Ph.D. and Art Markman, Ph.D. What questions do you need answers to? How can you grow personally and professionally? Who will you inspire with your takeaways? Intentional interactions with those around you will provide opportunities for productive collaboration to tackle challenges and explore new concepts. Start your day with intention and be open to experiences, you never know where things are going to lead.
Art Markman, Ph.D., is the Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin. He has studied the way people form and use analogies, the mechanisms of decision making, the modes that allow people to form categories, and the influences of motivation on reasoning. Dr. Markman has authored several books, including “Smart Change: Five Tools to Create Sustainable Habits in Yourself and Others” and, along with Bob Duke, Ph.D., “Brain Briefs.”
Robert Duke, Ph.D., is the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor in Music and Human Learning, University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Elizabeth Shatto Massey Distinguished Fellow in Teacher Education, and Director of the Center for Music Learning at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the founder of the National Forum on Research in Motor Learning and Music, a research collaborative devoted to the study of motor skill development and procedural memory consolidation. He has authored severals books, including “Intelligent Music Teaching: Essays on the Core Principles of Effective Instruction.”
Together they host the radio show Two Guys on Your Head for NPR and KUT Radio in Austin.
Friday, December 1
MasterMinds: Teach Children the Work of Peace
The World Peace Game Foundation
Despite phenomenal effort and some successes, our adult ways have not worked to solve our toughest and most critical problems facing our world. Our students are the seeds of the future and education is at the heart of world peace and harmony. The World Peace Game’s “empty space approach” to teaching and learning, facilitates and supports students becoming empowered to think and act critically, creatively and compassionately. The idea is to encourage them to develop new tools and ways of thinking and understanding, beyond our past (and present) understanding.
A native Virginian and graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, John Hunter is an award-winning gifted teacher and educational consultant who has dedicated his life to helping children realize their full potential. Knowing that ignoring violence would not make it go away, Hunter wondered how he could teach peace in an often-violent world? Accepting the reality of violence allowed him to seek to incorporate ways to explore harmony in various situations. This exploration would take form in the framework of a game – something that students would enjoy. As Hunter succinctly explains, “The World Peace Game is about learning to live and work comfortably in the unknown.” Teaching with the World Peace Game has become one of the Top 100 TED Talks of All Time.