A Panel Discussion on the Seed Field Podcast
Twenty percent of people live with dyslexia, yet our public school systems are, for the most designed for students who don’t have difficulty reading. In the past thirty years, the science around dyslexia has come a long way.
In traditional American classrooms, students memorize textbook material for discrete subjects and later are evaluated through written tests. But is this truly the best way to prepare and empower them to solve the complex problems that they will encounter in the wider world?
We’re getting ready to launch Season Four of the Seed Field Podcast and we’re putting together two mini-episodes that revisit interviews from Season Three and pull out the themes that consistently run through them. If there’s hope in anything, there is hope in children as educators. As our school systems focus on producing certain test scores, checking boxes, and sometimes treating students as products rather than people, we have education experts like the three guests from this mini-series on “literacy” who challenge teachers to take an individualized approach, to meet students where they are, and encourage their curiosity.
Students learn more than reading, writing, and arithmetic in school, classrooms are also where students practice their social and emotional skills. But how can teachers support a sudent’s growth in these areas, and should this be treated as equally important as more test-able skills? To find out, we talked with Laura Thomas, an expert on collaborative learning communities who has served for 20 years in the education department at Antioch New England. In this conversation, Laura discusses how we should understand emotional intelligence, the importance of cultural respect, and current attacks on public education.
When Rachel Van Hazinga entered the Masters of Education for Experienced Educators at Antioch New England in 2016, she definitely qualified as experienced—she had almost two decades of teaching under…
With Season Two kicking off in just one week, the Seed Field Podcast team wanted to take a look back at some of the knowledge our guests shared in Season One. Over these Outdoor learning was an educational trend that took off when the pandemic made the indoors unsafe. Now, many students and teachers have experienced the benefits of this way of learning. Will students ever want to go back inside? And should they? To find out, we had a conversation with two Antioch faculty, Ellen Doris and Liza Lowe, who specialize in place-based and nature-based education. They talk about the many benefits of outdoor education and share some great tips for those interested in creating safe and fun outdoor experiences for their students.
Learn how to create better lesson plans and do teacher prep effectively to make STEAM learning a fun and engaging experience for both students and teachers.
As coronavirus spreads around the globe, as shelter-in-place orders go into effect across the U.S., and as the news fills with stories of illness and desperation, it can be hard…