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Buck Institute for Education’s Project-Based Learning for the 21st Century

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 8, 2013 | Filed under Education, Language Arts, Math, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History, Websites

Although not directly related to humane education, project-based learning is a great model for infusing humane education into the classroom. The website includes research, sample rubrics, project ideas, and more. More

Expeditionary Learning Schools

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 8, 2013 | Filed under Education, Language Arts, Math, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History, Websites

Although not strictly related to humane education, the philosophy for expeditionary learning schools includes important overlap. In EL schools students and teachers are often engaged in real-life learning and complete projects in their communities. The… More

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Reimagining Education and Learning: A Year at Mission Hill

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 5, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

We spend a lot of time in our national conversations about education (via the media) talking about what’s wrong. What’s wrong with students, with teachers, with policies, with testing, with reforms. We don’t spend enough… More

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The Good, the Bad & the Ugly About Bullying Prevention in Schools

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on May 8, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

We’re fans of the pro-hero approach, rather than using an anti-bullying framework,  but given that most educational institutions still think and act in terms of anti-bullying, this recent study by the American Educational Research Association… More

Children Change the World in 5 Minutes a Day

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on April 22, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Another video Mike Johnston (see previous blog post here) shared with me was this four and a half minute film of children working together in school to create positive changes in just 5 minutes per… More

Who Was This Child’s Teacher?

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on April 18, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

One of the videos Mike Johnston (see previous blog post here) shared with me at the EARCOS conference was this introduction to the children’s group Plant for the Planet. As you watch this 4-minute video,… More

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Critical Thinking is Essential in Classrooms

Written by Zoe Weil | 2 Comments | Published on March 7, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Image courtesy of Horia Varlan/Flickr. No less a bastion of critical and scientific thinking – Scientific American – has published the strangest essay about teaching critical thinking to young people. According to Dennis Bartels, critical… More

Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 1, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

“Schools as we know them are obsolete.” That’s the bold assertion of Sugata Mitra, who has been spending many years exploring how young people teach themselves (and each other) without a “teacher” and whose focus… More