Published Online: January 24, 2012 Published in Print: January 25, 2012, as Out of the Box: Ending the Tyranny of the Self-Contained Classroom Includes correction(s): March 23, 2012 Commentary
STANFORD, Calif. -- Finland is this decade's shiny icon of classroom success, the repeat winner of top results in a global ranking of national school systems. That's why academics, teachers and government officials gathered at Stanford University last week to talk about what makes the Scandinavian country's schools so good . And what lessons might Americans have learned at the Empowerment Through Learning in a Global World Conference , a gathering organized by Stanford and the Finnish Consulate? That the Finns emphasize equality, collaboration and a wellness-oriented public school system -- but that their standardized exams can be high-stakes, too. "A lot of our own experiences were initially American ideas," said Pasi Sahlberg, a Finnish education official and author of the new book " Finnish Lessons ," who spoke at the conference.
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Cultures of Thinking A unique collaboration between Bialik College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education: Project Zero Bialik has long been recognised as leading the way in educational innovation. For some time now, we have been working on a significant and exciting project. Under the patronage of V & A Dorevitch, Bialik College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education: Project Zero are collaborating on an extended research project entitled Cultures of Thinking. The Cultures of Thinking Project is taking Bialik to the next level of teaching and learning, and building on the excellent results achieved through the Reggio Emilia approach to education implemented in our early learning years.
First, let me thank everyone who commented and Tweeted examples of “bold schools” over the last few days. Very much appreciated, and over the next few weeks I’m planning to dig into the list and make some connections and inquiries around the learning that’s going on in those places. Meantime, if you have any other ideas for schools that might be worth checking out, I’d invite you to add them to the doc .
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Do learning styles exist? Let me answer that by saying, most definitely ‘yes’. In saying that, though, I do realise that I appear to be swimming against the tide of opinion.
by Greg Green , Special to CNN Editor’s note: Greg Green is the principal at Clintondale High School in Clinton Township, Michigan. I’m a principal at Clintondale High , a financially challenged school near Detroit.
Here’s an experience that every aspiring guitarist has had: After weeks of anticipation, full of mirror air jam sessions and dreams of stadium solos, you buy your first busted guitar - almost certainly a Stratocaster or Les Paul knock off. You find an instructor and begin lessons, starting slowly with learning about notes and chords. But pretty soon, you - as much as you hate to admit it - get a little bored, and start to spend less and less time trying to learn note names and the difference between a sharp and a seventh. Instead, you head to the wide chaotic world of the internet, where tab sites do away with all of theory and just tell you where to put your damn fingers to rock out. Within minutes, you’re pounding along to Green Day (or Forever The Sickest Kids, depending on your era), pushing your practice amp to the limit, and reveling in the majesty of your own badassitude. This is the Pop Punk Power Chord Model of Learning.
The lecture is one of the oldest forms of education there is. "Before printing someone would read the books to everybody who would copy them down," says Joe Redish, a physics professor at the University of Maryland. But lecturing has never been an effective teaching technique and now that information is everywhere, some say it's a waste of time. Indeed, physicists have the data to prove it. When Eric Mazur began teaching physics at Harvard, he started out teaching the same way he had been taught. "I sort of projected my own experience, my own vision of learning and teaching — which is what my instructors had done to me.
Avalon learning space in action - kids love the ideas wall Okay … this lesson probably commenced in my early childhood if I count the number of hospital visits from bumping into (stupidly designed) concrete telegraph poles in Auckland, slipping off high chairs to raid the top kitchen cupboards or eating poisonous plants because they looked nice. But the notion of learning by doing really took ground in 2005 when I visited the Icelandic Ministry of Education. Their motto: ‘do then think’.