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The Path To Learning Podcast

The Path To Learning Podcast

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A fresh perspective on education. What's working, what's broken, and how we can best advocate for children. A companion to the Garden of Children documentary series, this podcast explores a wider perspective on education in America. We shine a light on forces preventing a return to the play-based, STEM/design education we started with 150 years ago.
13 Episodes
Powerful learning happens through creative hands-on activities. How can schools better promote learning beyond eyes and ears? Doug Stowe, an expert in both Sloyd and Froebel methods, shows us how. Doug, master woodworker, developed the Wisdom of the Hands program at Clear Spring School, a small independent school in Eureka Springs, AR. He's written over a dozen books on woodworking, including a Guide to Woodworking with Kids, and advocates for environmental stewardship. Check out his Wisdom of the Hands blog. Visit us at: Support us at:  
In the first of several “behind the scenes” episodes, John, Jay and Scott discuss the history and motivation behind the Garden of Children documentary series and Path to Learning podcast. With all the talk about Froebel (and Scott’s involvement in making/selling Froebel Gifts) this session addresses questions about the end goal for the projects. 
Paul Andersen, an educational consultant and YouTube creator based in Bozeman, MT, reflects on the differences in good and bad teaching. He explains how parents and educators can move away from dumping information onto children, and instead foster wonder and inquiry so children lead their own learning. Paul's classroom experience, numerous video lessons, and worldwide consulting make him a popular resource for teaching science. The disruption from the global pandemic make his experience and commentary on the state of education now even more valuable. He's on the front lines with a unique perspective on what's working now and what pitfalls to avoid. Paul taught classroom science for over 20 years, and through his website and on-site consulting, he now provides training for students, teachers, and administrators on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), educational technology, effective classroom design, and more. Voted 2011 Montana Teacher of the Year, he was one of four finalists for the 2011 National Teacher of the Year. A top ten YouTube Edu Gurus in 2012, Paul has several hundred YouTube science videos online and a following of nearly a million subscribers around the world.
Stacey Wellman, a speech/language pathologist with Winnetka public schools, describes how the  Froebel method helps her identify and assess a child's learning profile. This natural play-based approach often avoids the need for prescriptions or disruptive interventions which can undermine a child's confidence. In addition to her 25 years experience in the public schools with children ages 3 to 14, Stacey also works with high school and college students on organizational/integrated thinking and learning strategies. She runs a Roots and Shoots program and travels internationally with students, believing that learning must extend beyond the classroom and into nature. If you like this podcast, consider supporting us at: Visit us on the web at for more information on each of our podcasts.
In this episode we speak with Dr. William Jeynes, Professor of Education at California State University, Long Beach about standardized testing in America.  How did testing and our industrial model come about, and is it right for young children? Professor Jeynes is most interested in how research can be applied to public policy, especially quantitative and qualitative research on bridging the achievement gap, parental involvement, religious commitment, historical trends, school choice, family structure, religious schools, discrimination, bullying, reading instruction, and public policy.   Dr. Jeynes is a well-known public speaker having spoken in 49 US states in the country and in every inhabited continent, including Peking University, Moscow State University, and has been a consultant for both the U.S. & South Korean governments. He has published over 100 academic articles, 14 books, and written for both the G.W. Bush and Obama administrations.  Two books to check out are: Eliminating the Achievement Gap Parental Involvement and Academic Success If you like this podcast, consider supporting us at: Visit us on the web at for more information on each of our podcasts.
In this episode we discuss visual-spatial learning with Alex Wolf and Dr. Vijal Parikh of Hear how they got started, about their Pattern Alphabet, and their work with SILC (Spatial Intelligence Learning Center) and the Tanzania Pilot Study with the Radius Foundation. Check out their website and shop for their Ani-gram-it and BARK games. If you like this podcast, consider supporting us at: Visit us on the web at for more information on each of our podcasts.
In this episode John, Jay and Scott interview Norman Brosterman at Blockspot Learning in Southampton, NY (October 2015). We discussed the history of the Froebel Kindergarten and its impact on modern art, design and architecture. We've re-recorded the original questions as only Norman was mic'd at the time. For more information about Norman visit his website at and click here to purchase Norman's book Inventing Kindergarten. If you like this podcast, consider supporting us at: Visit us on the web at for more information on each of our podcasts.
In this episode we discuss who Friedrich Froebel was and what his educational pedagogy is all about. Learn about the Froebel's Gifts and Occupations and how he combined child-centered, play-based, hands-on, and nature-focused approaches to education. You can find products mentioned today available online at Red Hen Toys  and upcoming events at If you like this podcast, consider supporting us at: Visit us on the web at for more information on each of our podcasts.
Data tells a different story of what's really going on in the classroom. Business consultant/coach, Rex Miller shares the research from his new book WHOLE: What Teachers Need to Help Students Thrive on  chronic stress in the classroom and how it is reducing teacher effectiveness and students' ability to learn. Rex's other books include Humanizing the Education Machine: How to Create Schools That Turn Disengaged Kids Into Inspired Learners and The Healthy Workplace Nudge: How Healthy People, Culture, and Buildings Lead to High Performance available now at If you like this podcast, consider supporting us at: Visit us on the web at for more information on each of our podcasts.
In this episode, Mariah Bruehl talks about how play should be at the center of learning. She gives key insights on how to "follow a child's natural curiosity" to help guide the teaching process. Children are filled with wonder and tapping into that is key to keeping kids engaged in the learning process. Mariah is a parent, educator, entrepreneur, and author with over 25 years of experience working in the field of education. She is the founder of a school in East Hampton, New York called "Playful Learning" which can found here: Mariah has authored 2 books: "Playful Learning: Develop Your Child's Sense of Joy and Wonder" "Real-Life Rules: A Young Person's Guide to Self-Discovery, Big Ideas, and Healthy Habits" If you like this podcast, consider supporting us at: 
In this episode, Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin talks about her experience as an early childhood teacher at Mission Hill School in the Boston Public Schools. She unpacks what "child-centered" means and the importance of play and imagination in the learning process. She also discusses the importance of open-ended materials as a learning tool and how teachers can follow a child's curiosity.  Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin is one of the founders of D.E.Y. (Defending the Early Years) whose mission is to "support the rights and needs of young children." To find out more about all the work  D.E.Y. does, visit their website: If you like this podcast, consider supporting us at: Or like our Facebook page at: 
Julie Wilson gives an inspiring interview on how our current educational model is failing us, and how we need to begin to ask the deeper question, "What's worth learning" as the guide for the future.  Do we value testing over the content being taught? What kind of humans do we want to raise? Julie's non-profit organization can be found at: The Academic Leadership Group can be found at: You can find her book on Amazon: "The Human Side of Changing Education: How to Lead Change With Clarity, Conviction, and Courage" If you like this podcast, consider supporting us at and like our Facebook page. Other books Julie mentioned in this podcast are: "The Having of Wonderful Ideas" and Other Essays on Teaching and Learning" - Eleanor Duckworth "Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage in Human Consciousness" - Frederic Laloux "Future Wise: Educating Our Children for a Changing World" - David Perkins "The Evolving Self: Problem and Process in Human Development" - Robert Kegan
In this episode we introduce our podcast and documentary series on education and how we hope to inspire change, hope and awareness on the world of education. Join us!
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Thank you for this interview. Julie said a lot and I fully understand her to every point. At the end she indicates that it is precisely people who did not like school so much in their youth at a school who can make an important contribution. This is why I became a teacher and why I am dealing with all these changes in education. Another way of working and thinking for learning to learn. Making curious about topics and especially asking yourself why and how you are doing something encourages you to think.

May 1st
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