Podcast w/ Myozen Joan Amaral on Zen, Zazen, Practice and Social Life

“The best way is to understand yourself, and then you will understand everything. So when you try hard to make your own way, you will help others, and you will be helped by others. Before you make your own way you cannot help anyone, and no one can help you.” ― Shunryu Suzuki   http://traffic.libsyn.com/landscapesforlearning/JoanAmaralfinal008.mp3 … Continue reading Podcast w/ Myozen Joan Amaral on Zen, Zazen, Practice and Social Life

About LFL Podcast

In this first podcast, I introduce myself and my purpose for the Landscapes for Learning podcast. http://traffic.libsyn.com/landscapesforlearning/001_ABOUT_LFL_PODCAST.mp3 I was motivated to create the Landscapes for Learning project to counter students' and parents' and schools' over-valuation of grades and competition for college acceptance as the key to "the good life." As a long-time educator, I saw … Continue reading About LFL Podcast

Grounded Parents= Grounded Kids

ground·ed ˈɡroundid/ adjective adjective: grounded 1. well balanced and sensible. "the kids have money and a rock-star dad, but they seem grounded" 2. (of a pilot or an aircraft) prohibited or prevented from flying. "you don't taunt a grounded flier, especially after he's had a few beers" informal (of a child being punished) not allowed to … Continue reading Grounded Parents= Grounded Kids

Podcast: A Parent-Teacher Conference

Solo Podcast: A Parent-Teacher Conference "A Parent-Teacher Conference about Values" is a solo episode about my book-in-progress It's Not About The Grades: Love for Learning Beyond Schooling which I hope to revise and publish in the coming months. I provide a brief, yet incomplete, overview of the book in progress and read an excerpt from a … Continue reading Podcast: A Parent-Teacher Conference

Dr. Peter Gray on Schooling

https://youtu.be/d_DJAZ-ByV0 "Everyone is way too concerned about grades and this concern is depriving young people of the freedom they need for true education.  There is good reason to believe that much of the increased suffering of young people comes from the increased weight and senselessness of schooling. Young people are spending more time than ever in school, going … Continue reading Dr. Peter Gray on Schooling

It’s Not About the Grades: Love for Learning Beyond Schooling

This is a hypothetical letter to high school students that I am using for the opening of my book-in-progress, It's Not About the Grades: Love for Learning Beyond Schooling. I am under no illusion that a high school student, a 14-18 year old, would likely be engaged in actually reading such a lengthy "text" such as this, … Continue reading It’s Not About the Grades: Love for Learning Beyond Schooling

Love for Learning Beyond Schooling

A love for learning is much different than a love for school. My greatest concern during my tenure as a high school English teacher was kids' lack of understanding of and appreciation for learning. I don't mean that they did not appreciate or love my lessons (some did, some did not). I mean, they thought … Continue reading Love for Learning Beyond Schooling

Education: Busy-Work or Authentic Learning?

"Authentic learning, inner wisdom, ought to be developed as soon as possible and it ought to be part of education for young people. Currently, it is missing from the public school curricula, or if it does exist, it’s drowned out by the noise of achievement and grades, or buried under the heavy list of more … Continue reading Education: Busy-Work or Authentic Learning?

Learning is Life

  "To see young people come alive is the reward of teaching" ---Joseph Cambell According to Joseph Cambell, famed author of The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949), Myths to Live by (1972), and The Hero's Journey (1990),  the goal of maturity is to know oneself ---to understand the inner landscape-- to be the hero of one's … Continue reading Learning is Life

Educating Human Beings or Human Doings?

What kind of learning do you value and why? I value the kind of learning that helps people live qualitatively well as authentic "human beings" not just as skilful and knowledgeable "human doings." Unfortunately, our current American public schooling system continues to dedicate most of its attention, time, choices, actions, deeply-ingrained habits, and resources to … Continue reading Educating Human Beings or Human Doings?

Restoring Balance: Too Much Schooling & Not Enough Learning”

Part of the this Landscapes for Learning mission is to draw attention to teaching and learning in a broader sense than schooling and to begin a new conversation about the kinds of learning we currently value in our American public schools. What I think is based on my own personal experience as a student, as … Continue reading Restoring Balance: Too Much Schooling & Not Enough Learning”

Teaching & Learning About the Places That Scare You

The following quotes are taken from The Places That Scare Us by Pema Chodron where she describes the exploration of the inner landscape that I believe is sorely needed as part of kids' education more than ever before: “We’re encouraged to meditate every day, even for a short time, in order to cultivate this steadfastness with … Continue reading Teaching & Learning About the Places That Scare You

Who am I?

My previous "Calling a Spade a Spade" post is about telling the truth-- something our world desperately needs at this exact moment in time. Each of us has to talk about the truth, within our seemingly small and insignificant spheres of life, however uncomfortable or however much it may threaten our reputations.  Our integrity and … Continue reading Who am I?

More Tough Love, Less Coddling

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snqXOvnHzcQ&feature=youtu.be   The kids in the "Everyone gets a trophy" generation are in college now and acting crazy at the extreme ends of the political spectrum (there's a middle-- we just don't hear about them because they are individuals rather than extreme identity groups and they're probably attending to the business of their lives instead … Continue reading More Tough Love, Less Coddling

Podcast: Grace Tempany, Multi-potentialite and teacher-extraordinaire

Grace and I discuss our desire to begin a conversation about teaching as moral and teaching with courage and integrity. We discuss the need for more authentic forms of teaching and learning in school, so that kids can embark on their individual journeys toward the self rather than just trying to find the right answer … Continue reading Podcast: Grace Tempany, Multi-potentialite and teacher-extraordinaire

Meta: Why Learning? Why Landscapes?

Some of the most amazing learning happens beyond academia, and many of the best teachers positively affect lives outside of strictly academic environments. I hope to find  lifelong students and teachers of all sorts, in various domains, to explore the exciting and valuable learning that occurs everywhere and deliver these stories to the world. In this meta … Continue reading Meta: Why Learning? Why Landscapes?

Turn the Teacher Off!

"I used to confuse and misuse the two kinds of listening, and I bet many other teachers can relate. As a consequence, the people I cared about, who only needed me to be there and not do anything for them, told me to 'turn the teacher off!'" Almost every school day for the past thirteen years, I have … Continue reading Turn the Teacher Off!

Real Teaching is Risky Business

Recently, I had a minimalist-inspired moment and decided to simplify my life, starting with my living room. I had no problem removing excess decor, but when it came to my beloved bookshelves full of my precious books, I winced. Could I, should I, part with my books? Why had I kept so many all these … Continue reading Real Teaching is Risky Business