Caleb Gattegno 1911 – 1988

Canadian educator, Darren Kuropatwa recently added to his “Learning” Scoop it! the French website Une Education Pour Demain  sponsored by “an association of teachers, speech therapists, parents, and other people interested in exploring and putting into practice Caleb Gattegno’s theories of subordinating teaching to learning.”

During his lifetime, Gattegno argued that for pedagogical actions to be effective, teaching should be subordinated to learning, which requires that as an absolute prerequisite teachers must understand how people learn.

Gattegno’s pedagogical approach supports what educators today know about learning and the brain; looking over Une Education Pour Demain you will find that Gattegno’s theories remain applicable to the teaching of reading, math, and foreign languages, especially when it comes to retention.

Here you will find  a few teaching and learning resources demonstrating Dr. Caleb Gattegno’s pedagogy.   Author of The Silent Way, Words in Color, and Gattegno Mathematics, Dr. Gattegno may best be remembered for developing the use of Georges Cuisenaire rods to teach mathematics. The video of Gattegno asking  1st grade Canadian students to solve a fractions problem using Cuisenaire rods is amazing!

The Silent Way – Foreign Language Class Demonstration

Using Caleb Gattegno’s Silent Way approach, the teacher does not speak, but engages the students in the task at hand.  This video shows adults learning the Afghan language Dari.

Mathematics at Your Fingertips – Dr. Gattegno asks 1st grade students to solve a fractions problem using Cuisenaire rods.

Words in Color – Educational Solutions video on teaching reading

TESOL Methods using Color Reading

ASE website: The Association for the Science of Education  The Association for the Science of Education [ASE] nurtures and advances the evolution of the science of education, as pioneered by Caleb Gattegno, in order to further the humanizing of education for all persons all over the globe.

Book Preview on Humanising Language Teaching: Discovering the Silent Way, John and Susana Pint

On-line Book The Gattegno Effect 

This book celebrates the centennial of the birth of Dr. Caleb Gattegno. He believed that all human beings are inherently gifted with limitless powers of self-learning. Awareness and command of these powers is fundamental to our self-fulfillment; more so than anything we can learn. To gain control of these powers, Gattegno saw the need to radically transform education. Educators everywhere took up his challenge and these are their inspiring stories of being at the forefront of nothing less than the re-invention of education itself. (from ASE website)


About Donna

Changing educational paradigms motivate me to share new technology as well as the admirable work of others who integrate contemporary research on how people learn with supportive, free digital applications and resources. Do teachers ever have enough time or money? Perhaps my discoveries will expedite the journey of a busy educator seeking a 21st Century 'true north' of his or her own.

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