A Natural Way to Assess Learning – (Stacey Wellman)

May 27, 2020

Stacey Wellman, MA, CCC-SLP, LD, a speech/language pathologist with Winnetka Public Schools, describes how the Froebel method helps her identify and assess a child’s learning profile. She’s worked with children ages 3 to 14 in the public schools for over 25 years. Her neurological assessments utilize Froebel Gifts and Occupations as a more natural tool […]

Assessing the Value of Standardized Testing – (William Jeynes)

May 14, 2020

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 come about, and is it right for young children? Professor Jeynes is most interested in how research can be applied to public policy, especially quantitative […]

008 – Visual Spatial Learning – (Alex Wolf and Vijal Parikh)

May 04, 2020

In this episode we discuss visual-spatial learning with Alex Wolf and Dr. Vijal Parikh of Na2ure.com. Hear how they got started, about their Pattern Alphabet, and their work with SILC (Spatial Intelligence Learning Center) and the Tanzania Pilot Study with the Radius Foundation.   Alex Wolf had a playful childhood and a bang-up education at […]

Kindergarten & the Birth of Modern Art – (Norman Brosterman)

Apr 17, 2020

This episode features John, Jay and Scott interviewing Norman Brosterman at Blockspot Learning in Southampton, NY on October 6, 2015. We discussed the history of the Froebel Kindergarten and its impact on modern art, design and architecture. We’ve re-recorded the original questions as only Norman was mic’d at the time. For more information about Norman […]

Intro to the Froebel Kindergarten pedagogy

Apr 08, 2020

Today we discuss who Friedrich Froebel was, and what his educational pedagogy is all about. Learn about the Froebel’s Gifts and Occupations, and how he combined child-centered, play-based, hands-on, and nature-focused approaches to education. You can find products mentioned today available online at Red Hen Toys and upcoming events at www.froebelusa.org. If you like this […]

What Teachers Need to Help Students Thrive – (Rex Miller)

Apr 05, 2020

Data tells a different story of what’s really going on in the classroom. Business consultant/coach, Rex Miller of http://rexmiller.com shares the research from his new book WHOLE: What Teachers Need to Help Students Thrive on chronic stress in the classroom and how it is reducing teacher effectiveness and students’ ability to learn. Rex’s other books […]

Playful Learning – (Mariah Bruehl)

Mar 25, 2020

  In this episode, Mariah Bruehl talks about how play should be at the center of learning. She gives key insights on how to “follow a child’s natural curiosity” to help guide the teaching process. Children are filled with wonder and tapping into that is key to keeping kids engaged in the learning process. Mariah […]

Child-centered Education in a Public School Setting – (Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin)

Mar 20, 2020

  In this episode, Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin talks about her experience as an early childhood teacher at Mission Hill School in the Boston Public Schools. She unpacks what “child-centered” means, and the importance of play and imagination in the learning process. She also discusses the importance of open-ended materials as a learning tool and how […]