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Podcast 48 – Learning Creative Learning Review (Part 2)

”But ‘teaching without curriculum’ does not mean spontaneous, freeform classrooms or simply ‘leaving the child alone.’ It means supporting the children as they build their own intellectual structures with materials drawn from the surrounding culture.” – Seymour Papert, Mindstorms: Children, Computers, and Powerful Ideas What is learning creative learning? Join me in a journey that […]

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Podcast 47 – Care of People to Sharpen Human Edges: Simple Yet Difficult

“The essence of competitiveness is liberated when we make people believe that what they think and do is important – and then get out of their way while they do it.” – Jack Welsh, former General Electric CEO How “hands-off” should parents, educators, and schools be in a child’s learning? Does non-interventionist learning empower? Is […]

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Podcast 46 – Helping Educate Emergent Readers with 12 Principles

“Effective literacy programs foster active, responsible learning.” –Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell, Guiding Readers and Writers: Teaching Comprehension, Genre, and Content Literacy, p. 3 Approaching reading and understanding not only what is being learned (individual strands), but the value of using the edges and integrating with other forms of knowledge and expression creates […]

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Podcast 45 – Integrate Rather than Segregate: Math in Composting

In an earlier podcast titled Return of Surplus: Waste Not, Want Not I gave a few ideas about how to use inquiry and hands-on experiences to engage children in learning about composting as a way to start to explore the idea of surplus, waste, and value. Today, I want to expand on this topic by […]

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Podcast 44 – Dynamic Stability: Design Learning Like a Forest

“If we lose the forests, we lose our only instructors and people must see these forests and wilderness as the greatest educational system we have on the planet. If we lose all the universities we lose nothing, but if we lose the forests we lose everything.” – Bill Mollison, The Permaculture Concept (Part One) video […]

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Podcast 43 – Learning Creative Learning Review (Part 1)

“What people learn today will be obsolete tomorrow… need to be able to develop innovative solutions to unexpected situation.” – Mitchel Resnick What is learning creative learning? Join me in a journey that I’m taking into a free online MIT course on this very topic. In the show today I cover: Who is Mitchel […]

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Podcast 42 – Return of Surplus: Waste Not, Want Not

“Permaculture is anti-political. There is no room for politicians, administrators, or priests and there are no laws either. The only ethics we obey are care of the Earth, care of people, and reinvestment to those ends.” – Bill Mollison, quoted as saying such by Jack Spirko, Permaculture with Jack Spirko Part 2 Ethics video “But, […]

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Podcast 41 – Analyze and Optimize Learning Environments and Schools

“Learning happens as a result of being taught.” – Pinkey, Scary School Nightmare video What are the edges in education? Within a school? An edge is a junction or a crossing of two things and it is the zone in which two things intersect that tends to be richer and more productive than any component […]

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Podcast 40 – Value Diversity: Alternative Forms of Learning

“In a diverse garden you will find many foods all year round to provide a healthy and balanced diet. Using this principle of diversity, you can create a garden which has much more food available in the same space. It also recognizes the need to provide and maintain the habitat for other species without which […]

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Podcast 39 – Time is a Story: Think Patterns and Details

“Storytelling is ultimately a creative act of pattern recognition. Through characters, plot and setting, a writer creates places where previously invisible truths become visible. Or the storyteller posits a series of dots that the reader can connect.” – Douglas Coupland Time is a story, one created by the storyteller. We, along with other living and […]

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