Experiential Education: Learning from Mistakes

Recently, whilst trawling through the TED Talks website I came across an inspiring speech by Diana  Laufenberg that validates the role of experiential education within the contemporary school system.

In the 21st Century where there is information surplus (aka: information at the click of a computer button) this speech reinforces the overwhelming need for authentic learning environments.   Quite clearly, information and knowledge cannot be assessed by standardized tests such as NAPLAN or ATAR scores, and we must move away from a culture which reveres the “banking system – information exchange” model.


Diana Laufenberg: How to learn? From mistakes


The Three R’s for Education in the 21st Century

One of my favourite speakers is Dr Dan Siegel whom I had the pleasure of witnessing present at the Mind and Its Potential Conference in Sydney, December 2009.

His Three R’s: Reflection, Relationships and Resilience are the cornerstone of contemporary education.  My PDHPE pre-service teachers at the University of Wollongong are being exposed to his new wave of thinking.  Hopefully the ripple effect will be felt within the schools they teach in the future.  Let’s humanise and personalise Education in the 21st Century, rather than standardise with NAPLAN tests and ATAR scores.