Friday, January 11, 2019
By Allan Alach
Start your year with some reflective readings.
Bruce Hammonds and I search out articles about creative teaching to share with teachers who might be interested in a progressive or holistic approach to education. This first set for 2019 includes general reading to think about for beginning the new term. Please share with others.
If you come across articles worth sharing send them to - Allan Alach firstname.lastname@example.org
Making Learning Whole – an excellent book about learning.
‘Recently, I've had the pleasure of reading a text that validated many things that I have experienced in the classroom with actual research. David Perkins' Making Learning Whole: How Seven Principles of Teaching Can Transform Education was full of ideas and research that demonstrated why project-based learning or other embedded learning experiences produce more impactful and lasting learning.’
Student-Centred Learning: It Starts With the Teacher - a short read.
‘Teachers encourage student-centred learning by allowing students to share in decisions, believing in their capacity to lead, and remembering how it feels to learn.’
How to Use Problem-Based Learning in the Classroom
‘What Is Problem-Based Learning? The roots of problem-based learning can be traced to theorganize education so that natural active tendencies shall be fully enlisted in doing something, while seeing to it that the doing requires observation, the acquisition of information, and the use of a constructive imagination, is what needs to be done to improve social conditions’. Dewey 1916, 1944, p. 13’
‘In order for educational settings to be successful they need to be aligned with how children naturally learn. Children’s innate curiosity, enthusiasm, creativity, playfulness, individuality, imaginativeness, resourcefulness, social intelligence, and love of learning need to be respected and supported. It isn’t rocket science, it’s just basic wise parenting and effective teaching. Most of us have helped children develop skills and learn informally, before they went off to school. And all of us mastered skills on our own, so this is something we understand intuitively.’
Why Kids Need Wilderness And Adventure More Than Ever ( for your own kids! )
‘Our younger kids and teenagers need wilderness and adventure in their lives and who better to model it to them than us, their parents. I would actually argue that it is more important than a lot of the scheduled activities we have them in now. Wilderness and adventure will help develop them into well-rounded young adults.’
How the Outdoors Makes Your Kids Smarter – a quick read.
‘The freedom to move and play outside inspires creativity and improved brain function.’
‘What is a teacher’s most important quality? Likeability’
‘This head says it is crucial for teachers to be liked by students, and to see themselves more as coaches than educators’