Against the Grain

Mindful Pedagogy

Much of middle school and high school education is mind-numbing, with students being taught to the test, based on a rigid curriculum that elevates breadth over depth and memorization over critical inquiry.  How might it be done differently?  Educator Ira Rabois spent almost three decades teaching secondary students at an alternative public school.  He discusses an approach to pedagogy that emphasizes compassion and Socratic questioning.

Resources:

Ira Rabois, Compassionate Critical Thinking: How Mindfulness, Creativity, Empathy, and Socratic Questioning Can Transform Teaching Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2016

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