Our Educational Edifices

Building A Pedagogy For ALL

A Pep Talk from Kid President to You

How Do We Get To "Awesome"?

Deconstructing Our Constructions

“Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.”
Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed
The power of student-driven learning: Shelley Wright at TEDxWestVancouverED

For Discussion:

1. In what ways do our own ideologies prevent a "barrier-free" classroom? How does what we "know" affect our pedagogical practices?

2. Do we engage in practices that exemplify a belief that we are "master-in-command"?

Do we enact a pedagogy that posits students as "empty vases" waiting to be filled?

3. How do such practices affect our communities-most especially our students with special


Let's Reflect:

“The teacher is of course an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students. What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves.”
Paulo Freire, We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change

From Master In Command To The Learning Partnership: A Shift In Design

1. What might a "pedagogical partnership" look like in your school...division...department...classroom?

2. What do you think is required to REALLY create the type of praxis Fullen is speaking to? What are the "key elements" and "conditions" required to bring about this shift, this change in design?

3. How can this lead us to transformative:

(i) instruction

(ii) assessment

(iii) evaluation

(iv) conversation

“As I teach, I project the condition of my soul onto my students, my subject, and our way of being together.”

The 6 C's of 21st Century Learning:

Think Critically, Communicate Cleary, Work Collaboratively, Embrace Culture, Develop Creativity and Utilize Connectivity