It is my believe that the aim of education should be to build in each student strong theoretical foundations to help future professionals to be educated rather than trained. Professionals that are capable of understanding the complexities of the organic society. I have always been uncomfortable with labels, recipes and linear models for preparing professionals at all levels. While I appreciate their methodologies, we must always remember the dependent relationship between theory and praxis. Theory and praxis should be interrelated. There is no applied scientific discipline if there is no discipline to apply. (meer…)
Innovation labs, hubs and houses are everywhere. I’ve had the privilege of meeting and working with people that work there. This is my inside story that gives a unique perspective on the successes and failures of labs, hubs and houses. (meer…)
Exergaming appears to increase acute physical activity among users and is being used in school settings because it is appealing to students. Despite active research in the area of exergaming, exergaming utility for increasing acute and habitual physical activity specifically in the physical education setting has yet to be confirmed. (meer…)
In institutionalized education, the main goal has been developing children’s cognitive capacity in the sense of learning knowledge in academic disciplines. This goal dictates a learning environment in which seated learning behavior is considered appropriate, effective and is rewarded. Physical education as part of education provides the only opportunity for all children to learn about physical movement and engage in physical activity. (meer…)
Today’s students are largely affected by the technology around them. This has changed the way they think, act and communicate. These new behaviours can be very challenging to teachers, who did not grow up with this kind of technology. (meer…)
Changing people’s behaviour is most effective through changing the mindset. Changing the mindsets of people to ensure their thinking results in new desired behaviours. This is sustainable but takes time and effort to influence a change in mindset. But if the necessary time and effort is invested, a person’s mindset can lead them to take actions (behaviour) necessary to create momentum and a critical mass of commitment throughout the organization. There are some fundamental aspects to take into account if you want to accelerate the change of mindset or change your own mindset.
The traditional paradigm of teaching is under pressure. Many proposals to professionalize teaching are common today. But many people avoid the dialoque about a new paradigm. There is a need to translate new insights about cognitive science related to how students learn. In this post I try to apply some of those insights to the art of teaching. (meer…)