Tag Archives: education

piaget.

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*Jean Piaget (1896-1980) in his office.

Shout out to all those who didn’t tidy their office before the start of the school year.

“simple solutions seldom are. it takes a very unusual mind to undertake analysis of the obvious.”

-alfred north whitehead

 

*Piaget’s (1936) theory of cognitive development explains how a child constructs a mental model of the world. He disagreed with the idea that intelligence was a fixed trait, and regarded cognitive development as a process which occurs due to biological maturation and interaction with the environment.

credit: modern language association

goodnight, good sir.

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RIP to *Sir Ken Robinson, an eloquent and indefatigable defender of the role of the arts and creativity in education. His TED talks made him world-famous—his presentation called “Do schools kill creativity?” remains the most popular TED talk of all time, and he wrote widely, including major books on creativity in 2001 and 2015. Robinson was knighted in 2003 for his distinguished career in service to the arts.  He was a staunch critic of standardized tests and compliance-based classrooms, and an unapologetic champion of every kind of creative endeavor—from theater, to music, film, painting, dance, and everything in between. He died peacefully yesterday at the age of 70, after a brief battle with cancer, surrounded by his family. His voice will be greatly missed. – Edutopia

“the answer is not to standardize education,

but to personalize and customize it to the needs of each child and community.

there is no alternative. there never was.”

-Sir Ken Robinson, (one of my heroes in the field of education)

 

 

*Sir Ken Robinson was an author, speaker and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education and arts bodies.

 

credits: edutopia, pbs.org

the teacher is the learner.

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what an honor and a pleasure

it was

to have spent two days 

with intelligent caring educators from many places 

coming together 

to

share, discuss, question, wonder, listen,

learn from each other

about leading

 respectful, compassionate, joyful, creative, curious, playful, democratic classrooms

for young children

where they begin

to discover and grow a love of learning

about the world near and far

every experience

preparing them for what is beyond

this comforting place

they call school.

 

“the limit of your present understanding

is not the limit of your possibilities.”

-guy finley

how things work.

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seeing firsthand how things work –

up close and personal style.

 

“i always want to know how things work.

had i been aladdin, i am certain that just after one wish or two,

i’d have taken that old lamp apart

to see if I could make another, better lamp.”

-walter p. chrysler

sculpture.

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when we come down the stairs we see a magical scene

full of sculptures before us

and we cannot stop running to the sculptures

that are all around us

we find out the difference between the meaning of

‘static’  – still

(like sculptures)

and

‘kinetic’ – moving

(our group leans heavily on the kinetic side)

and at last we sit to hear the story of this one

trying to be static.

“what sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul. “

-joseph addison

magnets.

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after much trial and error and an ‘aha’ moment,

the kinders figured out what magnets do and found a place to put them.

“a teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils.”

~ever garrison