Tue, 23 September 2014
The podcast is back this month after a brief summer hiatus, and Annie and Katie are talking about their favorite books on education. They're covering Montessori schools and the importance of playing outside, plus how big a role technology plays in today's classrooms. And, this month, Annie's introducing shownotes -- a rundown of everything discussed in this episode.
Books on education you need to add to your list:
- Creating Innovators by Tony Wagner
- Whatever It Takes by Paul Tough
- The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer
- How Children Succeed by Paul Tough
- The Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley
What you need to watch: The Up Series, a BBC documentary that follows a group of children from the age of seven until present day. "Give me a child when he is seven, and I will show you the man."
Katie's intrigued by Bill Gates' Big History Project, which aims to give students of all ages an over-arching picture of our world's history. Check it out here.
Turns out intellect is only a small part of how we learn and succeed. David Brooks talks about the "mental virtues" in this article in the New York Times.
Let's lighten up with a look at how our vocabulary is shaped and what words make up your fingerprint.