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)