Education scientist Mitra has been experimenting with technology in places around the world without teachers, giving groups of children the means to learn. His work shows that Education is a self-organising system where learning is the emergent phenomenon. Fascinating and thought provoking.
From wonderful UK based Nonviolent Communication (NVC) organisation Seed of Peace, this article goes into useful detail about communicating with children in a way that enables the adult to connect with the child compassionately and with empathy and authenticity through times of trouble, conflict or misunderstanding.
This is a rich and fruitful transforming practice for schools and teachers to introduce into classrooms, staff rooms and playgrounds.
Seed of Peace offers a good range of training in NVC.
“…savvy teachers and schools are already discarding the one-size-fits-all, siloed model of teaching and learning. And, they already know that it’s not enough for schools to simply add on a “creativity hour”; it must be infused into all aspects of our education system. Let’s hope more schools get on board with this paradigm shift so that an entire generation of students doesn’t grow up living their lives according to outdated 20th-century myths about creativity.”
A great article on the foundations of positive psychology in it’s educational context. From Martin Seligman and colleagues. (2009)
Martin Seligman’s most recent book (2012). The sequel to Authentic Happiness.