Brains, Body & Mind · Education & School · Interdisciplinary

Seth Godin: “Stop Stealing Dreams”

“And now we’re at a crossroads because as a culture we say the only thing we care about is interesting, is art, is new … and then we spend all of our money, all of our time teaching people not do that.”

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Education & School · Interdisciplinary

Roxanna Elden and the Training Gap: On the Myth of the Super Teacher

In this presentation, titled “The Myth of the Super Teacher”, educator Roxanna Elden addresses the core of a major problem in the field of education: the training gap.  She reminds us that, “half of all teacher leave by their fifth year, and half of all inner-city teachers leave by their third year.”  The high turnover trends… Continue reading Roxanna Elden and the Training Gap: On the Myth of the Super Teacher

Education & School · Organizational Change & Development

10 Lessons in Changing Systems From Arthur Levine

Arthur Levine: Lessons Learned About Teacher Education from EdWriters on Vimeo. Teacher training is not normalized – it’s different from state to state, college to college.  Reformers are stuck with the dilema that it has never quite landed on a clear, completely-accepted model.  Teacher training is stuck between being more like medical school (many years, high intensity, graduate level)… Continue reading 10 Lessons in Changing Systems From Arthur Levine

Education & School · Interdisciplinary

Legos and Ethical Micro-worlds in School

***Note: This post is about this podcast: http://themoth.org/posts/stories/lego-crimes*** The hilarious short podcast, “Lego Crimes” by Micaela Blei on “The Moth” (if you don’t know The Moth, go check it out) is an example of 3 unique and powerful things we can do with school classrooms:        1. Work in Micro-worlds:   In his classic book… Continue reading Legos and Ethical Micro-worlds in School

Brains, Body & Mind · Education & School

Susan Cain on the Power of Introverts

In a recent conversation with educators on Twitter (using the #edchat hashtag) the question was raised about how to make our grading of projects and learning about student “growth” rather than about finishing the task or activity.  More importantly, how do we consider the growth of all types of students? Project-based learning is a hot-topic… Continue reading Susan Cain on the Power of Introverts

Brains, Body & Mind · Education & School

Ken Robinson on the Education System

Ken Robinson is the leading voice in synthesizing the education system and trends for laypeople.  He gives a powerful critique on standardization and the school model that the Western world has maintained more or less since the enlightenment period.  I mostly agree (especially in regards to the tracking of students based on age, the standardization… Continue reading Ken Robinson on the Education System

Education & School

Mike Johnston Revolutionizes One Colorado School

Colorado Senator Mike Johnston shares his story on the power of learning communities and positive peer pressure to reach achievement goals.  The social value of college readiness in this charter school was worth enough to get 100% of the graduating class accepted into college before graduation – because every peer and teacher knew who was accepted,… Continue reading Mike Johnston Revolutionizes One Colorado School