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Preparing to Meet an Idea

Aristotle teaches us to move our students from the known to the unknown.  We cannot learn new things without some attachment to what we know already.  732 more words

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Should School Be Hard?

I want to think more deeply about an issue I raised years ago on this blog.  Should someone’s experience in school be “hard”?  Of course such an ambiguous term needs defining first. 744 more words

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Dilemmas as Openings

One of my educational theorists is Jack Mezirow, and he writes about how transformative learning happens after learners have experienced disorienting dilemmas. The first experience of the transformational process, a disorienting dilemma is a moment or series of moments that open a person to change. 124 more words


To Build a Language

The author Jack London is not someone with whom I share a great deal of philosophical affinity.  His nihilism stings my mind’s nostrils.  But he was a good writer, and many passages from his works can work on my own mind.  506 more words

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Educational Theories and Restoring Balance

Egan, K. (2010). The Ideas That Run Schools. Chicago: Chicago University Press.

This concise article reveals three important theories of education that have come about throughout history, and the author’s emphasis on continuing to shape education today. 239 more words


What is the Big Idea?

This post continues the discourse I began a few posts ago on Adler’s Three Columns of learning.  I am listing all related posts at the bottom of that first post, so it would be the default starting point if you are just joining. 505 more words

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French Lessons

This week for the US holiday of Thanksgiving (or, as it it called in Canada, Thursday), OvenMitt came up to visit Panda in Vancouver. While there, in addition to sleeping, napping, resting, relaxing, eating brunch, shopping, and other fun activities, the two of them have been practicing French for their upcoming trip to France next month. 277 more words