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Fostering Wonder and Inquiry in Children - (Paul Andersen)

The Path To Learning Podcast

Release Date: 06/06/2020

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What are parents and teachers going to do about school this year? Many are talking about starting pods or micro schools. After decades in the Pittsburgh public schools, from the classroom to upper administration, Mara Linaberger of https://microschoolbuilders.com has experience to share.

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In the first of several “behind the scenes” episodes, John, Jay and Scott discuss the history and motivation behind the Garden of Children documentary series and Path to Learning podcast. With all the talk about Froebel (and Scott’s involvement in making/selling Froebel Gifts) this session addresses questions about the end goal for the projects.

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Fostering Wonder and Inquiry in Children - (Paul Andersen) show art Fostering Wonder and Inquiry in Children - (Paul Andersen)

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Paul Andersen, an educational consultant and YouTube creator based in Bozeman, MT, reflects on the differences in good and bad teaching. He explains how parents and educators can move away from dumping information onto children, and instead foster wonder and inquiry so children lead their own learning.

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Stacey Wellman, a speech/language pathologist from Winnetka, IL with 25 years experience with public school children ages 3-14, describes how Froebel's method helps her identify and assess learning profiles. This natural play-based approach often avoids the need for prescriptions or disruptive interventions which undermine a child's confidence.

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In this episode we speak with Dr. William Jeynes, Professor of Education at California State University, Long Beach about standardized testing in America.  How did testing and our industrial model get come about, and is it right for young children?

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Paul Andersen, an educational consultant and YouTube creator based in Bozeman, MT, reflects on the differences in good and bad teaching. He explains how parents and educators can move away from dumping information onto children, and instead foster wonder and inquiry so children lead their own learning.

Paul's classroom experience, numerous video lessons, and worldwide consulting make him a popular resource for teaching science. The disruption from the global pandemic make his experience and commentary on the state of education now even more valuable. He's on the front lines with a unique perspective on what's working now and what pitfalls to avoid.

Paul taught classroom science for over 20 years, and through his website https://thewonderofscience.com/ and on-site consulting, he now provides training for students, teachers, and administrators on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), educational technology, effective classroom design, and more.

Voted 2011 Montana Teacher of the Year, he was one of four finalists for the 2011 National Teacher of the Year. A top ten YouTube Edu Gurus in 2012, Paul has several hundred YouTube science videos online and a following of nearly a million subscribers around the world.