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Magazine Issue 70: Inspiring Educators 2
April 2016

This month: Thoughts about Inspiring Educators

Article: Inspiring Educators 2
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This Month's Article:

Inspiring Educators 2: Horace Mann

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Inspiring Educators 2: Horace Mann An Article briefly describing the life, work and philosophy of 19th C. politician and educational reformer Horace Mann. Includes professional development prompts to help you enrich your own practice.

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Categories: Article, Teaching & Learning, Educators

Tags: Horace Mann Reform

Win a Victory for Humanity

Horace Mann CCHorace Mann brings out the maverick in us:

"In carrying out his work, Mann met with bitter opposition by some Boston schoolmasters who strongly disapproved of his innovative pedagogical ideas" (Glen, 1984)

But he also calls us to the highest moral action:

"..be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity" (Mann, 1859)

Born in 1796 into a Massachusetts farming family Mann's early years were necessarily thrifty and largely devoid of schooling. No doubt he developed a gritty determined attitude to life which from 1816 he applied to law, politics and social reform.

 

In 1837 he was appointed secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Education (the first in the US) and embarked on many years of educational research, reform and innovation. He challenged tradition by dedicating himself to publicly funded education - delivered by well-trained professionals - to all and every class of child. He argued against corporal punishment, for women's equality, against slavery and managed to establish non-sectarian classrooms in a fiercely Christian society. Ironically his death, in 1859, was partly attributed to the reaction of sectarians to his joining the Unitarian Church.

It is startling how up-to-date are Mann's ideas. His thinking easily holds its own in 2016 and even points us towards future practice enrichment. Here are several quotations from On the Art of Teaching compiled in 1989 by Applewood Books. Use them as discussion prompts to see how your teaching stacks up with his insights from nearly 150 years ago.

Horace Mann PD Prompts
The mind of a teacher should migrate into the minds of the pupils to discover what they know, need and feel. How well do we know our pupils?
How do we actively get to know our pupils?
How do we find out how our pupils learn best?
Those who are apt to teach are acquainted with both the common methods and unusual methods and know as many modes as cases that may arise. What methods of traditional, solid, effective practice do we do best?
Which innovative teaching methods do we use most effectively?
What is our balance between the best of old and the best of the new?
Lessons should be adjusted to the capacity of the scholar. How do we differentiate learning?
How do we assess learning?
How do we involve pupils in both?

New Resources:

Error Thinking

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Error Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool for removing the taboo around error, mistake, setback. Exploit inevitable errors to accelerate and deepen understanding.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, All Ages

Tags: Error Positive Error Culture Grit Growth Mindset
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Error Thinking PowerPoint

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Error Thinking PowerPoint A Thinking Tool Template in PowerPoint to help you adapt and apply Error Thinking.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, All Ages

Tags: Error Positive Error Culture Grit Growth Mindset
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Writing Think Sheet - Subordinate Clause

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Writing Think Sheet - Subordinate Clause A Think Sheet to help develop mastery with subordinate clauses.

Categories: Think Sheet, Thinking Skills, English, Junior

Tags: Subordinate Clause Writing
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Grit

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Grit An Article about 'learning grit' and how it can be developed in schools, teachers and pupils. (And meet Resilient Rhino from Adventurous Learning)

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Categories: Article, Teaching & Learning, Any Subject, All Ages

Tags: Grit Mindset Success Mistake Failure

Setback Thinking

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Setback Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool that will support you and your pupils through your learning setbacks by giving bounceback choices. It's not if you'll bounce back, but how.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Meta Cognition, Teaching & Learning, All Ages, Any Subject

Tags: Grit Mindset Failure Mistake Setback Success
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Writing Think Sheet - Fronted Adverbials

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Writing Think Sheet - Fronted Adverbials A Think Sheet combining fronted adverbials, creative thinking, sentence construction and different levels of challenge.

Categories: Think Sheet, Thinking Skills, English, Junior

Tags: Writing Literacy
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Books:

On The Art Of Teaching
by Horace Mann

On The Art Of Teaching <BR>by Horace Mann Pithy wisdom from master educator and social reformer Horace Mann from 150 years ago. In the world of teaching and learning there is nothing new under the sun.

Available from Amazon

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Categories: Professional Development, Suggested Books

Tags: Social Reform Horace Mann

Websites:

The Horace Mann League

The Horace Mann League The Horace Mann League was founded in 1922 to keep his ideas alive and relevant. Its website shows just how inspirational Mann was and is to this day.

www.hmleague.org

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