This topic is close to the heart for all of us … Education. But where to start? For everything thing we think, say and do involves some form of teaching and learning (or ignoring!).
Project-based Learning (PBL) is one pedagogical approach I’m told is becoming popular here in the USA, so naturally I went to Wikipedia to learn more. This passage below stood out for me, as John Dewey’s words ring crystal-clear true 120 years later:
John Dewey initially promoted the idea of “learning by doing”. In My Pedagogical Creed (1897) Dewey enumerated his beliefs regarding education: “The teacher is not in the school to impose certain ideas or to form certain habits in the child, but is there as a member of the community to select the influences which shall affect the child and to assist him in properly responding to these…….I believe, therefore, in the so-called expressive or constructive activities as the centre of correlation.”
Here’s this month’s starter list:
- Article: A Brief History of Education – Psychology Today.
- Article: Seven Inspiring Innovations in Education from Around the Globe – Smithsonian.com.
- Article: Article: Teaching parents to talk math with their kids – Boston Globe.
- Book List: New York Times current list of Education best sellers.
- Book Recommendations: 7 Must-Read Books on Education – Brain Pickings (I plan to read the one on the list written by Isaac Asimov)
- Film: Stand and Deliver (incredibly inspiring) – Here’s a clip and a remembrance of Jaime Escalante, who is portrayed in the film.
- Podcast Series: The Future of Education.