The Constraints Of Freedom

When you say the word freedom, people tend to think "no rules." However, in a classroom, this does not promote learning unless students have already internalized a certain set of rules or values through which they can effectively use the learning space.

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It’s Not About the Cheerios! – How Ego Destroys The Educator

Why do some babies believe it is possible to reach the Cheerio while others are content to wait for someone to bring it over and start spoon-feeding? I would suggest that this has more to do with the ego of the teacher than many of us educators are willing to recognize.

Are You Creative?

David Kelley, founder of IDEO explores the idea of creative confidence: do you have what it takes to be creative? IDEO is a nonprofit that currently has several projects underway to solve global education problems through a design-centered process. Learn more at https://www.ideo.com/expertise/education/ https://vimeo.com/103471086

If I Really Want to Change My Life…

Too often in education, I think, we focus on changing the measurable outcomes and actions of the individual. Not to discount the behaviorist paradigm, but actions must come from somewhere. In this video, Pico Lyer challenges our assumptions of what it takes to change a life. Perhaps it is not simply stuffing more information into the brain, but re-thinking our approach entirely.

Music & Memory

This piece was first published at http://www.listenlovelead.com on February 22, 2015. For a light piece of reading, check out this article at Psychology Today that provides an overview of some effects that music has on the brain. If you are really feeling like getting into the thick of neuroscience, the process by which the brain encodes memory, … Continue reading Music & Memory