Contextualized Learning

Out of Marble, Students Emerge

I have been reading John Taylor Gatto’s book, Dumbing Us Down.  One of the things I love about this book is a metaphor he introduces for education. He remembers early on in his teaching, he viewed his role as an educator like that of a painter, where paint is added to a blank canvas to […]


A 19th Century Vision: When Art and Science Were Friends

A year and a half ago, my children and I were working through the Sassafras Science Adventures, Volume 3 Botany curriculum. Over the course of that year, we covered the major biomes or ecosystems found on earth. During our study of the tundra/taiga (and algae and lichen), the writers suggested we explore an artist whom […]