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Are All Schools The Same?

December 4, 2013


I’ve been studying various educational models for a few years now and I’ve spoken with adults that came through these varying models. There’s only one consistent observation I can make: There is very little difference between adults, regardless of the educational model they were exposed to. I would bet that you could not, just from […]

Parents Are Scared (At Least I Am)

February 5, 2013


The following was written for the Alfie Kohn and Pasi Sahlberg Blogathon as I have a lot of respect for the work of Alfie Kohn (and probably would for Pasi Sahlberg as well once I learn more about his work). —————————————————————————————————————————————————– I think parents are scared. At the very least I know that I’m scared. […]

Not Personalization, Autonomy

May 21, 2012


I really wish people would stop talking about the personalization revolution in education, where technology will allow us to deliver a personalized learning plan for every student. If you want true personalization you don’t need technology, you need autonomy. The only truly personalized learning is one where the student decides what he or she is […]

My Working Theory on Learning

February 17, 2012


Here’s my working theory on how to optimize learning as an educator. It starts with autonomy. If you start forcing someone to do something then you’ve already lost. Learning can’t be optimal unless the student feels like they are learning because they want to be learning. This is obviously tricky for most educators because they […]

The Montessori Classroom and Linear Learning – I think she got it right

December 9, 2011


I’m not sure how much this differs from a traditional preschool classroom, but I am impressed by this video: A Montessori Community This is the key to education as far as I’m concerned. Creating an environment where students are having fun learning on their own, autonomously. Learning doesn’t have to be a chore or work […]

A Study About Montessori

December 1, 2011


In my exploration of Montessori I stumbled across this article in favor of more “play” in education: The Virtues of Play I’m glad to see it supporting “play”, which I put in quotes because I think the general concept of play vs. work basically needs to be thrown out, but that’s for another blog post. […]

Exploring Montessori

November 26, 2011


The Montessori educational philosophy seems to be the closest to what I have in mind. It has children of different ages working together, encourages choice and independence for the child, and of course is more focused on development of the child over any specific skill set, let alone memorization of facts. Montessori is not widely […]