The Teaching in Mind website has been refocused on how the unconscious beliefs and values of teachers influence the education of our children. Since the 2nd edition of Teaching in Mind: How Teacher Thinking Shapes Education was published in 2010, the lives of teachers and students have undergone major changes. To this end, our goal is to publish an updated edition of Teaching in Mind by the end of 2017. Meanwhile, the key ideas about the effects of teacher beliefs can still be found here. New articles on the topic will be added as they are completed.
Articles about learning and assessment, historic foundations of education, current issues in education, and transforming education that previously appeared on this site can now be found at our sister site, Learning in Mind.
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The information available on the Internet can be overwhelming, so I've tried to limit the list to several blogs and other web resources that I've found particularly valuable.
- Teacher Tom's Blog Teacher Tom is the sole teacher at Woodland Park Cooperative Preschool in Seattle, Washington. "His award-winning blog, 'Teacher Tom,' has earned him an international following as a leading proponent of a progressive, play-based curriculum and the cooperative model of early childhood education, as well as a fierce advocate for public policies that support the whole child and the teaching of democratic values to even our youngest citizens. His blog, like his classroom, is a place of exploration of the physical, social, political, emotional, and even spiritual world. It’s a place of experimentation, where the adults learn every bit as much as the children." HIGHLY recommended.
- The Random Thoughts of Louis Schmier Going back to 1993, retired history professor Louis Schmier has been writing about his insights into education. Although he retired from teaching in 2012, he continues to offer profound ideas that encompass the best of the teaching profession. One of his random thoughts inspired the article "Think Mosquito!" A wealth of inspiration!
- Alfie Kohn's Blogs "Alfie Kohn writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting. The author of fourteen books and scores of articles, he lectures at education conferences and universities as well as to parent groups and corporations. Kohn's criticisms of competition and rewards have been widely discussed and debated, and he has been described in Time magazine as 'perhaps the country's most outspoken critic of education's fixation on grades [and] test scores." (See links to other articles and books in the next section.)
- Edutopia Blogs This will take you to a site listing various blog topics appearing on the Etuopia website. The Topics List in the right column allows you to select areas of greatest interest. If you are a teacher and haven't already joined Edutopia, it is well worth the effort to be able to browse topics and engage in communication with other teachers.
- Alfie Kohn's Website As described in the blog section "Alfie Kohn writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting. The author of fourteen books and scores of articles, he lectures at education conferences and universities as well as to parent groups and corporations. Kohn's criticisms of competition and rewards have been widely discussed and debated, and he has been described in Time magazine as 'perhaps the country's most outspoken critic of education's fixation on grades [and] test scores." Check out other links on his website, such as Standards and Testing.
- Peter Gray on Freedom to Learn In Psychology Today, author and developmental psychologist Peter Gray writes on a variety of topics, such as the important of play-based learning, how early academic training retards intellectual development and often produces long-term harm.
- Alternative Education Resource Organization "The Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO) was founded in 1989 by Jerry Mintz. AERO's goal is to advance student-driven, learner-centered approaches to education. AERO is the primary hub of communications and support for educational alternatives around the world. Our network includes Montessori, Waldorf (Steiner), Public Choice and At-Risk, Democratic, Homeschool, Open, Charter, Free, Sudbury, Holistic, Virtual, Magnet, Early Childhood, Reggio Emilia, Indigo, Krishnamurti, Quaker, Libertarian, Independent, Progressive, Community, Cooperative, and Unschooling. AERO's mission is to help create an education revolution to make learner-centered education available to everyone."
"The man who has reverence will not think it his duty to 'mould' the young. He feels in all that lives, but especially in human beings, and most of all in children, something sacred, indefinable, unlimited, something individual and strangely precious, the growing principle of life, an embodied fragment of the dumb striving of the world. He feels an unaccountable humility in the presence of a child—a humility not easily defensible on any rational ground, and yet somehow nearer to wisdom than the easy self-confidence of many parents and teachers. He feels the outward helplessness of the child, the appeal of dependence, the responsibility of a trust. His imagination shows him what the child may become, for good or evil; how its impulses may be developed or thwarted, how its hopes must be dimmed and the life in it grow less living, how its trust will be bruised and its quick desires replaced by brooding will. All this gives him a longing to help the child in its own battle, to strengthen it and equip it, not for some outside end proposed by the state or by any other impersonal authority, but for the ends which the child's own spirit is obscurely seeking. The man who feels this can wield the authority of an educator without infringing the principle of liberty."
Russell's words still ring true 100 years later. Sadly, they've been largely forgotten in the drive to create "standardized" humans.
- The Daily Good This isn't an education website, but it doesn't hurt to remind ourselves that good things are happening around the world. Sign up to receive a daily article that should lift your spirits and give you something to think about.
- Medium Want to express your own opinion on educational issues? For those not already familiar with Medium, it is a resource through which anyone can write an article, comment on articles, start a group based on a topic, select topics you want to read about, follow specific writers and/or groups, and much more. The SYNAPSE channel on Medium is devoted to articles about education.
We'll be adding other relevant resources as time permits. If you would like to see a particular resource added, just let us know.