How teachers arrange the furniture in classrooms gives a peek into how teachers teach. Look at these photos taken last year of elementary and secondary classrooms that have different furniture arrangements. Note the different arrangements of desks. In the first photo, rows of movable desks face the front of the classroom where the teacher’s desk […]Continue reading “Arranging Classroom Furniture: An Unobtrusive Glimpse into How Teachers Teach — Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice”
Nature Schooling: what is it? How can we use existing models to create something new?
The Al Baydha Project is amazing! The video and story are narrated very well by Neal Spackman, who co-founded and directed some of the project . If you are into learning about conservation ecology, agroforestry, regenerative agriculture, permaculture, rural poverty and climate change, then check out the Al Baydha project in Saudi Arabia. This project […]Continue reading “Regenerative Agriculture potential in Saudi Arabia — Date Palms & Camels”
I am investigating the permaculture in the desert for the Nature strand of MBAT. I want to move away from the woodland focus of northern Forest schools. This man in Senegal has achieved something remarkable! Senegal native and permaculture pioneer Goran N’diaye has created a lush oasis in the middle of the desert in hisContinue reading “Senegal farmer grows lush oasis in the desert using permaculture techniques”
MBAT is a small school set in Nature. Forest schools provide one model of how to approach work with children in Nature and, in this post, I want to discuss what they have to offer. It is an attempt to clear up a few issues in my own mind about what a Nature school isContinue reading “Forest Schools”
What do we mean when we talk about human-scale education? There are many features of this school that are designed to be human-scale. We have even looked at an organization going by that name in the United Kingdom. It promotes small schools, community awareness, parental engagement, good management and humanly-relevant learning. These are all issuesContinue reading “Human Scale”
The Staff Handbook gives guidelines to all staff at the school, including teachers and teaching assistants
It is generally better for children to be educated with other children their own age. Schools go against this common-sense perception in two ways: they promote able children early and they hold back children to repeat a year. Repeating a Year Let’s look at repeating first. It is fairly common practice in Spain for childrenContinue reading “Educating within age groups”
Behavior is important. In this post I share with you the ethical principles that underlie all education in Abu Dhabi. I think you will find them rather attractive
as children at MBAT grow up learning the difference between freedom and license, they develop a sensitivity to living in a community that will last them for the rest of their lives.