#1104 Alternative Approaches to Education

I’m in my last semester of the Bachelor of Education program at Ottawa U. It feels like the home stretch!

I’m in the intense On-SIte program that condenses six months of lecture material into two and a half months to allow for an expanded six months of practicum placement.

For me, the hands-on learning directly in the classroom offers me the best educational learning experience. I am a hands-on learner and never excelled at traditional sit-in-the-classroom schooling. Most traditional schools cater to verbal-linguistic learners (read: book-learner).

Risk Management

Play Based Learning & Managing Risk – Much can be learned in alternative classrooms. Above was ┬ámy own weekend classroom of fun with my friends.

I am curious about the alternative and holistic approaches to education and how related practices can be incorporated into traditional classes. My elective this year explores the world of holistic and alternative education practices.

In my current placement I am lucky enough to witness a teacher who brings many elements of holistic practices into his classroom. In my last placement I was fortunate to witness a teacher who incorporated much play-based learning (although she disliked the term “play-based learning” because of the erroneous connotation that “play” and “learn” are very different things.)

Play based learning - incorporating drama to teach math. Captain Barnacle uses his treasure chest to teach about counting coins.

Play based learning – incorporating drama to teach math. Captain Barnacle uses his treasure chest to teach about counting coins.

I’m learning lots and love some of the readings – Ron Miller and Alfie Kohn resonate with me!

Stay tuned.

2 thoughts on “#1104 Alternative Approaches to Education

  1. That’s fantastic, Harry. I became really interested in alternative education as well, especially as my kids were going through Churchill Alternative and Summit Alternative Schools for K-6 and 7-8. Alfie Kohn was a big influence on the school philosophy. We learned a lot about the theory and practice of alternative education, and what’s needed to really support it, especially the role of the triad (student-teacher-parent). Happy to share my experiences if that would ever be useful to you.

    Cheers,
    Ken

  2. Thanks Ken – would love to chat about your experiences at Churchill and Summit! Will contact you shortly.

    Harry

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