Getting Kids Out of the ClassroomWith a constructivist viewpoint of learning and a commitment to experiential education and authentic outcomes, Sharon MacKenzie takes her middle school classes out of the school and into the world. From spending 2 months of the year in a seniors’ residence to raising thousands of dollars through developing and running a small business, the results are amazing – for the community as well as for the students.
Read the article by Nick Smith in The Tyee online: [[http://thetyee.ca/News/2008/09/05/Constructivism|Get Kids Out of the Classroom|]]
There are many different opinions on what school is for. Some say it is to learn the academics, othe-Paul HillsdonThu, 03/13/2008 - 16:20 -- adminThere are many different opinions on what school is for. Some say it is to learn the academics, others believe school's also teach social and civic responsibilities.. In my opinion, school should be about raising a child who is not just a capable worker for the GDP, but one who is a fundamental requirement to society.
Too Safe for Their Own Good: How Risk and Responsibility Help Teens ThriveMon, 03/03/2008 - 15:26 -- adminWhen they’re young, we drive them to playdates, fill up their time with organized activity, and cocoon them from every imaginable peril. We think we are doing what’s best for them. But as they grow into young adults and we continue to manage their lives, running interference with teachers and coaches, we are, in fact, unwittingly stunting them. By continuing to protect them from failure and disappointment, many of our kids are missing out on the “risk-taker’s advantage,” the benefits that come from experiencing manageable amounts of danger.
Suicide Prevention Matters: Teen Program Shows SuccessResearch shows ‘Signs of Suicide’ prevention program helps reduce the number of attempts by high school students.
Read article: [[http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0103/p14s01-legn.html|Signs of Suicide Program]]
( Christian Science Moniter ) (2008-01-03)
Making Life Part of the CurriculumHow does a 19th Century Maori war chant figure into the college aspirations of a bunch of student athletes in El Segundo? Just another means of preparing students — not just for college, but for life, suggests Dan Golden, who was recently hired for the new position of director of life planning and experiential learning at the private Vistamar School in El Segundo.
how humans learn bestWe now understand that evolution has provided humans with a powerful toolkit of [[http://changelearning.ca/get-informed/understanding-human-learning/born-learn/early-years/predisposed-development?|predispositions]] that go a long way in explaining our ability to learn language, cooperate in groups, solve problems, plan for the future and empathize with others. This evolutionary inheritance both empowers us and constrains us. We are born ready to learn, but our brains are wired to learn more effectively under certain conditions.
Students Learn Empathy by Connecting with InfantsRoots of Empathy (ROE) is an award winning, evidence-based classroom program that has shown dramatic effect in reducing levels of aggression and violence among school children while raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy. The program reaches children from Kindergarten to Grade 8 across Canada, in English and French, in rural, urban, remote and Aboriginal communities both on and off reserve and internationally in Australia,New Zealand, and the United States.
Let the Children Play: Nature’s Answer to Early LearningPlay enhances every aspect of children’s development and learning, however, it is increasingly rare for children to have long, uninterrupted blocks of time to play indoors and outdoors, by themselves or with their friends. Although children learn to play naturally, we all have a role in ensuring that children have enough time and opportunity to play.
(Source: Canadian Council on Learning)
Educating the heart as well as the mindThis articles discusses the role of schools in fostering social and emotional learning as key components of success in both school and life.
(Source: Canadian Education Association )
Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents MatterMon, 01/07/2008 - 14:17 -- adminDr. Neufeld has dubbed this phenomenon peer orientation, which refers to the tendency of children and youth to look to their peers for direction: for a sense of right and wrong, for values, identity and codes of behaviour. But peer orientation undermines family cohesion, poisons the school atmosphere, and fosters an aggressively hostile and sexualized youth culture.
making life part of the curriculumHow does a 19th Century Maori war chant figure into the college aspirations of a bunch of student athletes in California? Just another means of preparing students — not just for college, but for life, suggests Dan Golden, who was recently hired for the new position of director of life planning and experiential learning at the private Vistamar School in El Segundo.
( Los Angeles Times ) (02-Jan-2008)
health in schools: Keeping Students On The BallStudents at Zion Lutheran School in Mayer thought Principal Deb Kelzer was kidding when she proposed that they give up their classroom chairs and instead sit on large rubber exercise balls. But subtract chairs, add big rubber balls and you get a bunch of classroom benefits. [[http://www.startribune.com/local/west/11549666.html|Keeping Students on the Ball]]
(Star Tribune, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota) (2007-10-27)
educational reseachers promote whole child approach to learningHow do we equip today’s students with 21st century skills necessary for success? The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) proposes a new whole child approach, supported by research, to provide the foundation for success in school, the workplace, the community, and life. ASCDalso proposes a broader definition of achievement and accountability that promotes the development of children who are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.
Do Grades Really Matter?: Mounting Evidence Suggests Grades Don't Predict SuccessA growing body of evidence suggests that grades don’t predict success. It turns out that C+ students are the ones who end up running the world. This article challenges the idea that grades tell us who we are or what we are capable of.
Read the full text of this article on the Macleans magazine website: [[http://www.macleans.ca/education/postsecondary/article.jsp?content=20070910_109139_109139| Do Grades Really Matter?]]
Curriculum Development Group Urges Focus Shift to Whole ChildThe definition of a successful student has to change from one whose achievement is measured solely on the basis of test scores to one who is healthy, emotionally and physically inspired, engaged in the arts, and prepared for employment in a global economy.
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