Teaching & Learning

Educational Philosophy at Northeast

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
This interview with Paul Tough provides great insight into the question of character education in schools. The book itself was a NY Times best seller and it is a quick and interesting read for those of you who are interested.

How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School: Expanded Edition
This book offers exciting new research about the mind and the brain that provides answers to a number of compelling questions. When do infants begin to learn? How do experts learn and how is this different from non-experts? What can teachers and schools do-with curricula, classroom settings, and teaching methods--to help children learn most effectively? New evidence from many branches of science has significantly added to our understanding of what it means to know, from the neural processes that occur during learning to the influence of culture on what people see and absorb.

Habits of Mind
This brief summary of the 16 Habits of Mind developed by Costa and Kallick will help us to think about student dispositions or attitudes towards problem solving that we would like to see.  Costa and Kallick have done extensive work with schools to help them teach and assess Habits of Mind.  One of the things we need to think about as a community is what Habits of Mind do we want our students to have when they leave our school. I encourage teachers and parents to read this document in order to be able to contribute more meaningfully when we begin our discussion on this subject. 

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Effort vs. Aptitude
In this very interesting article, cognitive psychologist Lauren Resnick explores the question of whether or not intelligence is fixed or developing.  Resnick proposes that a new definition of intelligence can help to improve teaching and learning, if schools choose to adopt it. This is one of the most in depth articles available on the Principles of Learning developed at the University of Pittsburgh’s Learning Institute. We will be looking at a variety of Principles of Learning so that we articulate an educational philosophy at Northeast.