Inspiration

We take inspiration from many places, physiotherapy people and movements including Reggio Emilio, Maria Montessori, John Holt, Piaget, Howard Gardner, Grace Llewellyn, The Green Movement, Tom Brown, and others, some of whom we feature below.

We strive to be aware of current conversations about alternative learning and education will pass on interesting links about topics pertinent to The Birch School.

Below are several video links to some of the current thinkers and environmental and educational change advocates. Please feel free to take some time and consider some of the perspectives presented.


John Seely Brown on the Global One Room Schoolhouse

Sir Ken Robinson on Changing the Education Paradigm

Researcher and Professor Carol Dweck on “The Growth Mindset”


Mimi Ito, Associate Researcher at the Humanities Research Institute at the University of California, Irvine, on Kid’s use of technology and social media, and learning.


John Seely on Imagination and Learning Communities

Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, on “Kids learning better outside”.
 


Media Scholar Henry Jenkins on Participatory Culture and Civic Engagement
Macarthur Foundation Research

 


Tony Wagner on Learning Environments that lead to Innovative Thinking

Jon Young on Mentoring, Nature Awareness, and Coyote’s Guide with guests.

David Sobel of Antioch New England on Educating for Sustainability

A brief intro for a movie about an alternative learning community in Northern California


A College Student Weighs in on why schooling should look different in the 21st Century

Inspiration for Teen Learners – Learning to be a self-directed learner with the support of a learning community. Anya Kamenetz (DIY U) Interview with Howard Reingold