Is This the Art of Teaching? 

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…)

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Discover the WIEL

Work Integrated Experimental Learning (WIEL) provides the opportunity to develop new understandings and perspectives while engaging in challenging, creative and intellectually stimulating work based scenarios. Where a lot of competence-based learning environments have difficulties with engaging with the mindset and skills of labour, WIEL indentified the sorts of skills and abilities students should develop during the learning. These are: (meer…)

What We Can Learn from Rudolf Steiner

Not so well known as the Montessori education philosophy, Waldorf is an alternative education system which focuses on the holistic development of children. As stated in their mission Waldorf schools integrate artistic, practical and intellectual content in their curriculum and focus on social skills and spiritual values. Waldorf education first began in 1919 in Germany inspired by Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy. (meer…)

Against The Stream

When I was young there was not so much guidance at school. Luckely my mother had some sort of an idea to keep me happy. I felt misunderstood, many times. Not that I was a bad kid or anything but I needed to be on the water to understand life. I needed to question education to understand learning. Inspired by Dennis Stehr (Mr. Probz) I wrote this post. (meer…)

Reality Pedagogy

Teaching is about more than just having a bunch of information to disseminate to the empty vessels- students- in front of you.
The concept behind reality pedagogy is that before teachers can teach anything, they must understand the realities of their students. (meer…)

Student Centered Learning

When it comes to learning, we all know who should be in the driver’s seat: the learner. Ofcourse we need to build the capacity of our students to take the steering wheel and drive. Compared to learning to drive this metaphor is even more true. (meer…)

Changing a Mindset for Behavioral Change

Changing people’s behavior 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 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. (meer…)