In Japanese classrooms, teachers consciously design tasks that are slightly beyond the capabilities of the students they teach, so the students can actually experience struggling with something just outside their reach.
Flickr:JUvertson By Jennie Rose Can creativity be taught? If innovation is truly the key to this country’s success, then it’s time to think strategically about engendering creativity into our education system. That’s part of Tina Seelig’s thesis in her new book Ingenius: A Crash Course on Creativity. Case in point: In schools, when we give … Continue reading How to Fuel the Innovation Engine in Learning →
Flickr:Miish By Jennie Rose In his new book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, author Paul Tough makes the case that persistence and grit are the biggest indicators of student success. Being resilient against failure, he says, is the fundamental quality we should be teaching kids, and he gives examples … Continue reading Can Kids Be Taught Persistence? →
Flickr:Flickingerbrad By Aran Levasseur Innovation is the currency of progress. In our world of seismic changes, innovation has become a holy grail that promises to shepherd us through these uncertain and challenging times. And there isn’t a more visible symbol of innovation than the iPad. It’s captured the hearts and minds of disparate subcultures and … Continue reading Does Our Current Education System Support Innovation? →
A fascinating discussion at the Aspen Ideas Festival around the question of character education, and whether that should be, or can be, integrated into curriculum. Author Paul Tough, who wrote the provocative article “What if the Secret to Success is Failure,” says his research shows that things like perseverance, grit, resourcefulness, integrity, willpower — what … Continue reading Can Character Be Taught? →
MythBusters host Adam Savage has a thing or two to say about the importance of tinkering — even if that means it gets messy. “If you don’t get a chance to fail, if you don’t get a chance to try things and not get them right the first time, and you keep on doing it … Continue reading Adam Savage: Permission to Make →
“Failure is a part of creating new and amazing new things. We can’t both fear failure and make amazing new things,” says inventor Regina Dugan in this inspiring TED Talk. Scientists and engineers defy the impossible and have pushed beyond expectations because they were given the freedom to fail, she says. How can this ideology … Continue reading Why We Should Never Fear Failure →