On the Nature of Observation

If I am new to writing, it will be difficult for me to make a value statement about the quality of one author or another. On the other hand, I will quickly be able to discern my feelings toward that author. Perhaps the function of human-centered learning is not to dismiss either sort of observation, but rather to help the individual recognize where each one is valuable in the process of education.

A Review of “The Courage to Teach” by Parker J. Palmer

Welcoming the Person Back to the Process of Education   When I first opened the book “The Courage to Teach” by Parker Palmer, I had no idea that the ideas it contained would connect with me so strongly. To begin with, I have never had a problem with facing a classroom - in part because I have … Continue reading A Review of “The Courage to Teach” by Parker J. Palmer

Top 25 New Technologies – ALA 2015

It seems that many of the tech companies in education offer something of the same function as the others. Perhaps this is reflective of the Connectivist philosophy of education technology. Nevertheless, it is difficult to find a truly innovative idea that solves some problem that no other software already addresses. Most technology listed here seems … Continue reading Top 25 New Technologies – ALA 2015

Are You Creative?

David Kelley, founder of IDEO explores the idea of creative confidence: do you have what it takes to be creative? IDEO is a nonprofit that currently has several projects underway to solve global education problems through a design-centered process. Learn more at https://www.ideo.com/expertise/education/ https://vimeo.com/103471086

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.

The Abolition of Man – Part 1

Some of you might have read Parker Palmer's "The Courage To Teach" throughout your coursework. I did a review of that book in one of my classes and it raised a question about the difference between telling students the answer and having them discover it. Some teachers believe it is their responsibility to inform students … Continue reading The Abolition of Man – Part 1

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.

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