Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky, the founders of Constructivist Theory, are often regarded as rivals who studied at two opposite ends of the spectrum of childhood development. While commonly understood to be famous for their differences, it is actually their correspondence, interactions, and influences upon each other that helped them establish themselves at the forefront of what it means to understand young minds.
Being the 26th President of the United States of America isn't what made Theodore Roosevelt Jr. great. What made him great was his indomitable will, his respect for the natural world, and his desire to above all else be viewed as a good man in a world that had forgotten about the importance of personal integrity.
What does it mean to be a teacher? How should we respond to the myriad reactions people have when finding out exactly what it is we do? Through all the ups and down of our day to day routine, our passion for what we do is ultimately what defines us as educators. Come gain a glimpse into the life of the faculty here at a A New Leaf.
Innovation in the field of education isn't always about looking to the future. Studying great teachers of the past, like Freidrich Froebel, and their work transforming the field into what it is today can provide us with valuable insights into how we can improve as instructors, parents, and co-researchers.
Cultures all over the world have myths and legends about food. Many of these children's stories have been used for hundreds of years to not only teach children important lessons of morality and social responsibility, but also instill the value of the foods they eat. The story of Momotaro, known in English as Peach Boy, is one such legend.
There is so much more to the foods we eat than the flavors they possess. The presentation, history, freshness, aroma, and preparatory methods of our meals can all be used to entice children into sampling new and unfamiliar foods.
A New Leaf now has a blog! Come join us in our journey to create a space for learning, expression, and exploration. We are so excited for what is to come, and we know each and every one of you has a part to play.
Everyday learning is influenced not only by the objects and materials made available for students to explore, but also by the learning environment they see around them. For students to continue to push the boundaries of their academic exploration, they must be permitted and encouraged to change that environment to facilitate the content they wish to explore.