L.E.A.R.N.E.R Finding the True, Good, and Beautiful in Education by Marita Diffenbaugh

How can teachers measure success? What does it look like when kids are doing well in school? What does “success” look like in education? If the traditional approach of grading kids on an A through F scale seems to be lacking, Marita Diffenbaugh would agree with you.

What is true, good, or beautiful in education? This sounds like a question the ancient philosophers would have asked.

True, good, and beautiful. Doesn’t this make it possible for a house or a painting to be admired centuries after its creator has passed?

True, good, and beautiful. Aren’t these some of the traits that make a person respected while they’re living or remembered after they’re gone?

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Diffenbaugh offers her idea of what the “job of a learner” is in this process, and it makes sense. She also offers up ideas for how to communicate with parents on progress reports to show how students are progressing towards this true, good, beautiful journey. She mentions online learning and the challenges of the current public health situation, and believes that adapting to circumstances is important.

Regardless of your approach to teaching and learning, here’s a quote from the author that makes a lot of sense:

Learners seek more learning when they are experiencing success. (pg. 117)

I’ve enjoyed all the books I’ve read from Connect EDD, so if you’re looking for something to give you more to think about as an educator, you may want to read this one.

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