Pablo and his students want to save the world – part two

2.1. What's in the box?“Well” the student explained, “this is for people stranded in the desert. It gives them drink-ing water. All they must do is to urinate in this bottle at the top and in a few minutes out of the spout at the side water will flow. And it is clean fresh water.” ...

Pablo and his students want to save the world – part one

1.1. What’s in the Box?This is what I saw when I visited Pablo Carrion’s Grade 6 classroom at Colegio Lope de Vega in Benidorm, Spain, a few years ago. This student was showing the other students an invention of his and explaining what it does. The students looking on were fascinated.1.2. Solving Problems CreativelySo what ...

Teaching the Thinking that Counts – part two

Based on Robert Swartz’s editorials for ENIAC published in Madrid, Spain, September, 2015 – January, 20164. Can Creativity Be Taught? Inventions.A few years ago I visited a classroom in which the teacher of a group of 5 year olds had brought in a few medium and large empty cardboard boxes that the school had put ...

Basing Good Learning on Good Thinking

I. In 1976, the Direction of My Professional Life Changed ForeverI was a full professor with tenure at the new Boston campus of the University of Massachusetts. I went there in 1972 as Philosophy Department chairman, redesigned the philosophy program to ground it more in important concepts that speak to the lives of our students. ...