Democratic Education: What Happens When Students Decide What They Learn at School? – A six-minute video from Sandy Martinuk that looks at how Windsor House supports the new BC curriculum through democratic education and students’ self-directed learning.
Windsor House: What Really Matters – a 16-minute documentary by Sherry Sakamoto and Terry Martyniuk of Pacific Spirit Productions.
Jerry Michalski – What If We Trusted You?
Movements around the world are finding new ways, flipping the model, building practices and institutions based on the initial gesture of trust. Building on trust, we are rediscovering how to be citizens in civilization together.
Dr. Peter Gray – The Decline of Play
Dr. Peter Gray on why free play is essential for children’s healthy social and emotional development and how we can bring free play back to children’s lives.
Ken Robinson – Do school’s kill creativity?
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
Gever Tulley – Life lessons through tinkering
Gever Tulley uses engaging photos and footage to demonstrate the valuable lessons kids learn at his Tinkering School. When given tools, materials and guidance, these young imaginations run wild and creative problem-solving takes over to build unique boats, bridges and even a rollercoaster!
Gever Tulley – 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do
Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School, spells out five dangerous things you should let your kids do — and why a little danger is good for both kids and grownups.
Sugata Mitra – The child-driven education
Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education — the best teachers and schools don’t exist where they’re needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.
Dave Eggars – Once upon a school
Accepting his 2008 TED Prize, author Dave Eggers asks the TED community to personally, creatively engage with local public schools. With spellbinding eagerness, he talks about how his 826 Valencia tutoring center inspired others around the world to open.
Dan Meyer – Math class needs a makeover
Today’s math curriculum is teaching students to expect — and excel at — paint-by-numbers classwork, robbing kids of a skill more important than solving problems: formulating them. Dan Meyer shows classroom-tested math exercises that prompt students to stop and think.
Daniel Pink – Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us
In this talk from RSA Animate, career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.
Ken Robinson – Changing education paradigms
In this talk from RSA Animate, Sir Ken Robinson lays out the link between three troubling trends: rising drop-out rates, schools’ dwindling stake in the arts, and ADHD. An important, timely talk for parents and teachers.
Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids
Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids’ big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups’ willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.