In nature, when you are on a cliff and scream your lungs name, receive the echo reply is an amazing experience. In fact, you can hardly resist scream all you happen to hear the distant and repetitive response of your own voice. Continue reading
Now that is about to begin a new school year is a good time for all people who are dedicated to educate us to consider whether we should change anything in the way we teach and why we should.
One of the unavoidable obligations of any educator is required to understand the mechanisms of functioning of the society in which we live and to be alert to new needs that arise constantly. Consequently, one of the things you should never do an educator is to remain anchored in the past, “he has always done so.” Continue reading
Food is one of the metaphors I use most when I talk or write about what it is and how education works. In a collaboration that did some time ago in the blog we said “Like food, education should be healthy and tasty at the same time, i.e. to satisfy our basic needs and get to enjoy because if does not help us to grow as people and not thrill us, does not fulfill its main task.” Continue reading
One of the main problems of school education is that, because of the urgent need to meet an increasingly closed curriculum, offer students something that they have neither defendant nor have any interest in learning.
This is the cause for much of the effort and energy of teachers is lost in getting to motivate students and show them that what they learn is of any use to them. What it is not paradoxical because curiosity is one of the most defining characteristics of children and adolescents and the real engine of learning. What then is the problem? Why we are not able to make the school’s curiosity of the students? Continue reading
To understand how the education they need is necessary to know what they say “great” thinkers of our time. His words are the stars that should show us the way. Here I present some quotes that as a GPS, will help you not miss on your educational journey:
Zygmunt Bauman: “Forget completely and quickly outdated and stale customs information may be more important to the future success memorizing past moves and build strategies based on prior learning.” Continue reading
“It is fascinating to note that the two brain structures that are long term primarily responsible for memory are located in the emotional area of the brain.” David A. Sousa: Educational Neuroscience.
I have said on other entries in this blog (Emotional education: learning to feel and educate is exciting, educating is to move) that emotions play a key role in learning. Every day I am more convinced how important is what is taught and how to teach it. Continue reading
“Lazy people always talk about what they plan to do, what they will do; those who really do not have time something to speak or what they do.” – Goethe
There is nothing more contrary to education laziness. But unfortunately, laziness is an endemic evil in education today. Continue reading
“The job of a teacher is not teaching subjects, but to teach students.” – Ken Robinson
It should be borne in mind that education, in one way or another, affects us all (as teachers, as parents, as students, as citizens …). Similarly, we can not forget that everyone can do something to change education, to improve it. There are no excuses, we can not hide behind economically obsolete and malicious political laws, we can not shield us in I’m just a student or a parent, we can not hide behind the excuse the way things are. Fortunately there are many teachers, principals, parents and even students who demonstrate every day that a different school is possible. Continue reading
“Something happens to others but not to us can not happen to each other. This is a feeling known, caused by our understanding of the technological and virtual human world.” – Leonidas Donskis
Last March was published the book by Zygmunt Bauman and Leonidas Donskis – Moral Blindness. The loss of sensation in the liquid modernity. In it, the authors dialogue about everyday insensitivity to the suffering of others, that is, on the attitude of indifference that causes what happens in the world. We remain insensitive to the injustices and suffering of those around us, we perceive as “normal” and that limits us as human beings and makes our society a place where evil is considered commonplace. Continue reading
Who is Stephen R. Covey? Good question…For a start I will say that Stephen R. Covey is the author of the bestseller titled The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. But besides being a writer of great prestige, Stehen R. Covey is an excellent communicator, a person able to reflect on one’s own person to get out the best that is within it. Read Covey always a pleasure because his writings invite personal reflection, but also make you look that can be changed by simply changing the perception of what surrounds you. Continue reading