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What College Students Should Be Learning About the Arts

What should they/we be learning about the arts? I spend much of my time thinking, reading and learning from others about what current students “should” be learning about the arts and creative industries while they are in college. What “should” we the academic community be guiding young people to learn, tap into, be curious about and connect to? As the world changes and the diversity and multiplicity of our identities and purpose continues to ebb and flow, so too is the challenge we all face to help young people navigate their worlds, develop themselves and the networks and communities they are a part of. While no one size fits all … Keep Reading…

Teaching is a creative profession

Education and learning is a creative way of life. We all learn, live and work differently. Yet we continue to propagate a culture of command and control in leadership and a dominant discourse of standardized testing in education. Sir. Ken Robinson in this TED Education Talk outlines what the human mind needs to flourish. He introduces us to a different way of thinking about education and learning wherein teachers are valued, supported and seen as a creative profession — not a cost to monitored and cut. A list of summary quotes from his talk … Education is about learning. People can spend a lot of time talking about education and never talk … Keep Reading…

Teacher Feedback “Systems”

Evaluation, feedback and rankings … these are dangerous words to use in a learning environment. In this TED talk, Bill Gates provides his view on what we can do to improve teaching and education by developing systems of teacher feedback. “We need a system” he professes. “We can use technology” he proposes. In this, however he takes a very reductionist approach to how teachers learn missing the importance of how learning culture is constructed in the classroom and more importantly around it. His opinion, after we’ve ranked and surveyed to find out what is “good” and “not good” teaching practice, he recommends for teachers to video their classrooms and watch the … Keep Reading…

Every Child Needs a Champion

These are the words of Dr. Rita Pierson, a teacher of 40 years, the daughter and granddaughter of teachers. In her TED Talk during the first ever TED/PBS TV special on TEDTalks Education, Rita shares with us her view on how we can reform education, on what teachers can do to help children succeed, to stay in school and to believe in themselves. Teachers need to believe, listen and value their children, even if they don’t like them. Teachers need to seek first to understand, not to be understood. Every child, she says, deserves a champion who will never give up on them … and insists they become the best … Keep Reading…

Learning about #Hackmentoring

How we think about mentoring and how we practice it  is important for the learning of others and also ourselves. Rarely, however do we really question the dominant view of mentoring or the learning value of formalized mentoring schemes many of us participate in. I’m of the belief we should not only question mentoring, but we should #hack it.   Learning about hacking and mentoring Hacking is a mindset and practice of modifying something through exploration and play to accomplish something that is outside the creators intended application [1]. It is about a way of doing things to explore meaningful possibilities or pushing the boundaries of possibility about something. Hacking or being … Keep Reading…