Why Grades Are A Bad Incentive

incentives like autonomy, mastery, and purpose outweigh the potential of grades as incentives for student motivation

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John Dewey – Experience & Education

Everyone is learning, all the time. Whether or not this learning leads to positive results depends upon internal as well as external factors that vary for every student. John Dewey’s book Experience & Education liberated my idea of education from its confined location in a school classroom and brought the importance of learning into every area of life.

A Beautiful Extraordinary Life

"Who doesn't want a beautiful, extraordinary life?" I think this video encapsulates the idea posed by CS Lewis that "something deep within the human heart breaks at the thought of mediocrity." Take inspiration from this video shared by my friends at http://www.created.education. They are exploring ways to empower individuals to achieve this goal by creating … Continue reading A Beautiful Extraordinary Life

Open Source Learning Tools

This TED talk by Richard Baraniuk outlines an idea of a "knowledge ecosystem" in which users become contributors and producers. Create, Mix, Rip, Burn - basically build upon the ideas of others to make learning bigger, more accessible, culturalized, and personalized. Click here to visit http://openstaxcollege.org where this process began and continues to grow.  

The Future of Education in 50 Years

In this second scenario, the university will become the center for the development of the individual as a holistic being who not only thinks and feels, but breathes and moves and loves and creates and will never be confined to a cog in the digital machinery of the information age.

Andragogy vs Pedagogy

Why do we try to differentiate adult education from child education? What if we flipped it around and tried to discover what was different in the child’s experience of learning? Would we simply accept the idea that children are less self-directed, or would we incorporate self-direction into their learning experience so they could become better learners? Would we … Continue reading Andragogy vs Pedagogy

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

Student vs. College

This post was first published at http://www.listenlovelead.com/discovering-mendota-blog I was talking with a friend today about the depersonalization of the college experience that Palmer decries in his book and he replied that I was forgetting about the perspective of the organization. Organizations exist to perpetuate their existence. Business is an organization that survives on the basis … Continue reading Student vs. College