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Phase 1: Philosophy of Education: Questions & Template: Readings: Evaluation Rubric



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John Dewey’s Pedagogic Creed
John Dewey has long been considered the Father of American Education.  He wrote his ‘Pedagogic Creed’ in 1897.  While the vocabulary and writing style mirror the times in which this work was written, Dewey lays out a set of beliefs about the education and schooling that set the ‘gold standard’ for education systems that has yet to be fully achieved on a consistent basis anywhere in the world.  Length: 8 pages (PDF) | (Web) | (Word)


Why Go To School by Steven Wolk
In this 2007 engaging and insightful article, Wolk asks some serious questions about the true purpose of school.  Full of surprising facts and provocative ideas, Why Go To School encourages all educators to think more broadly and creatively about learning and education.  Length: 11 pages (PDF) | (Web)


Authentic Teaching & Learning by Carla Mathison
In this writing, Mathison discusses the reasons authentic teaching/learning practices are important and provides research-based information on critical characteristics of authentic instruction. Length: 6 pages (PDF) | (Word)


Principles of Brain-Based Learning
A very brief summary of the 12 Principles of Brain-Based Learning.  Length: 3 pages (PDF) | (Web)


Principles of Authentic Multi-level Instruction
This article by Michael Peterson succinctly discusses instructional elements that are central to powerful authentic learning that is sensitive to the interests and abilities of individual learners. Length: 5 pages (PDF)


Six Principles of Whole Schooling
This two-page list of Whole School principles also contains the URL for an expanded explanation of each principle.  Length: 2 pages (PDF) | (Web)

We shall not cease
from exploration
and the end of
all our exploring
will be to arrive
where we started
and to know the place
for the first time.
T.S. Eliot