At first glance, the picture below might seem familiar –an old map of the Amazon River and its tributaries. Looking more closely, you may find this map increasingly curious… Armenia? Spain? Athens? Along the Amazon? In fact, this image is from the first text book for American school children, a textbook written in 1824 by feminist and innovative educator, Emma Willard. She created this map and diagram for students to memorize European history, in this case the progression of the Roman Empire, by diagraming that expansion visually onto the course of the Amazon. If you click onto the map below, a link will take you to version of the map that you can zoom into and see much more clearly.
Some LEC students have found it helpful to do thought maps too — of a different kind — as an initial method of visually organizing their ideas. Below, you can find an example of a thought map (about thought mapping) from the internet. Click onto it to find a link.
And here is a picture of Aston Powell, BBA 2015, standing in front of his thought map.
Damon Horowitz, who teaches college-level philosophy courses to inmates at San Quentin State Prison, discusses “right,” “wrong,” and the intersection of real life experiences and Socrates. His inspiring Ted Talk is less than five minutes long, but it leaves a lasting impact.
Anyone remember “Reading Rainbow,” the show geared toward getting kids to read? It ran on PBS from 1983-2006, and in 2012 it became a downloadable app. Now it has a funny new Kickstarter campaign, starring its longtime beloved host, LeVar Burton, raising money to improve the app. Check it out below.
In his dynamic and humorous Ted Talk, former Denver Broncos running back Reggie Rivers discusses how to achieve goals through focusing on behaviors that are within our control. It provides some interesting food for thought when considered in the context of the Purpose-Centered Education model of MCNY and the LEC’s goal of setting the groundwork for you to take charge of your education!
Click on the picture below for two minutes of glorious — and perhaps challenging — nothing. It might show you some things about yourself — at least, I had no idea how hard it was to settle my frisky fingers (and brain). Upon my return to the world, I felt much more ready to engage. Courtesy of Jaya Kanan, previous Coordinator of the LEC.
This video, from the University of California, brings together three leaders in the field of writing research and instruction, to talk about teaching and reading and writing at all levels of education.
Mischel’s well-known study invited children to refuse a marshmallow with the prospect that successful resisting would mean two marshmallows later! The results lead us to consider – somewhat controversially – the nature of willpower. Is it learned? Is it innate? A mix? Can we make a prediction about a person’s life outcomes based on how they interact with a marshmallow at age four? This Radiolab audio podcast explores here.
In worldwide rankings of education systems, Finland — the Scandinavian country of 5.4 million perhaps best known as the home of Nokia — consistently ranks at (or near) the top, while the U.S. ranks below average. How? Finnish kids do less homework, take less tests, and spend less time in school than their American counterparts. Similarly, teachers undergo better training, get treated with more respect, and earn better pay. Where American education focuses on competition, Finnish education focuses on cooperation. Could the system work in the U.S.? That’s a tough question. But this one-hour documentary (in four parts on YouTube), 2011’s The Finland Phenomenon: Inside The World’s Most Surprising School System, from Harvard researcher Dr. Tony Wagner, provides a fascinating look at how the Finns rose to the top of the world.