Archive | November, 2010

Aims and Goals are Different

If our goal is academic achievement, what is our aim? In her New York Times piece “Playing to Learn” Susan Engel writes: … educators should remember a basic precept of modern developmental science: developmental precursors don’t always resemble the skill to which they are leading. For example, saying the alphabet does not particularly help children […]

Teacher as Learner

The direction that I would give to all teachers is: Watch the child, watch his attitude of attention. Is it spontaneous? Is the light of pleasure in his eyes? Is interest the motive which controls him? –Colonel Francis W. Parker Maggie Doyne’s story shows that self-actualization is not the end game (as I once thought […]