Open Education Resources — Semester 1
The following is a n0n-exhaustive collection of resources intended to inform educators interested in open education, open plan classrooms, and other forms of learner-centered environments. It only recommends resources found on the Internet. You should of course read John Holt, Loris Malaguzzi, Herb Kohl, A.S. Neill, Lillian Weber, Jonathan Kozol, Paulo Friere, David Perkins, David Hawkins, James Herndon, John Dewey and many others… Consider this an introduction to open education.
Vintage Videos from the 1970s
A documentary on open education and open plan schools.
A Southern United States community commits to open education in an old public primary school
A Seminal Book
The Open Classroom by Herbert Kohl
This short book launched the open education movement in the United States
But how do they learn to read?
Reading by Frank Smith
A seminal text on natural approaches to literacy
But how do they learn math/maths?
Seymour Papert’s Mathland
Constance Kamii Videos
Constance Kamii Direct vs Indirect Ways of Teaching Number Concepts at Ages 4–6
A comprehensive lecture explaining Piagetian ideas showing that although number concepts cannot be taught directly, they can be taught indirectly by encouraging children to think.
Kamii Games for Developing Number Sense
- Arithmetic Games with Playing Cards
- Modifying a Board Game (Sorry) to Foster Kindergartners’ Logico-Mathematical Thinking
- Lining-Up the 5s — A Card Game
- Kamii Game Cards to download and print
- Kamii on Games over Worksheets (article)
- Selected Standards from the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, Grades K-3, and My Reasons for Not Supporting Them (A 2015 white paper by Constance Kamii)
Other FABULOUS Inspirational Videos with Implications for Open Education
Veteran educator Dr. Gary Stager is co-author of Invent To Learn — Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom and the founder of the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute. He led professional development in the world’s first 1:1 laptop schools and designed one of the oldest online graduate school programs. Learn more about Gary here.
Originally published at Stager-to-Go.