Mister Rogers, Dr George, Y Y Fred discussed on Keystone Education Radio


I have the chance to talk with greg and ryan about their book. The research of dr george land and tools identified as he central learning. Welcome gregg welcome ryan. Thanks for joining me. I thank you expert joining us absolutely so your book. I've already said the title when you wonder you're learning and it's based on mister rogers enduring lessons. What prompted you to write a book based on mister rogers and y y fred. Rogers will first and foremost. It's a book about learning and it's a book that stems from nearly fifteen years work here in south western pennsylvania for fifteen years schools museums libraries in all of the educators who work in these and other learning spaces have been coming together under something called remake learning which is amazing network of educators in and out of school pre k. Through higher ed thinking about what is relevant what is engaging what is equitable in support of young people and the learning experiences that were trying to create for them. I mentioned this because very early on. We started talking about fred rogers. And it's easier in twenty twenty one than in twenty. Oh seven to articulate this but we talk about the fred method and the ways in which these educators involved in remake learning. Take advantage of what fred rogers did. And we can think about fred's work in a simple formula whole child. Plus learning sciences equals the fred method. That is like fred rogers. These educators are grounded in child development theory and practice understand what's developmentally appropriate for children in youth and they're also learning from what we're learning about learning itself from places right here in our backyard like carnegie mellon university and the university of pittsburgh but also campuses higher education and research institutes across this country and i mentioned the learning sciences. Because for me and ryan this was our big. Aha that is seeing fred rogers as a learning scientists not just as that childhood hero of ours not just as some convenient story to talk about education and learning but really understanding fred rogers and his work as someone who was a learning scientist a learning engineer. Someone who was deliberate end intentional about what it is that he did with his program. And that's what we're finding among educators all across south western pennsylvania who are involved in remake learning. One of the things that struck early on was just how far ahead of his time. Fred rogers was You know if you talk to. Susan the leading learning scientists today. Many of whom are working right. You're in pittsburgh at places like a carnegie mellon if you read the research papers if you go to their conferences Which we've been doing a lot of over the past few years. They talk a lot like fred does. It's interesting they don't necessarily sound by scientists at i. They don't talk about charts and graphs. They don't talk about things that are being measured increasingly. They're talking about things. Like how do we make sure kids feel safe. How do we make sure kids feel like they belong to a community that cares about them. How do we make sure that kids view that they are loved and capable of loving when learning scientists speak today. They sound a lot like mister rogers. And mister rogers neighborhood. Once we realized that we realized we had a book on our hands and we realized that what fred was doing. You know starting in nineteen sixty eight in many ways. Learning sciences is just catching up to him. Now you're absolutely right so far ahead of his time. It's it's there's so much more to what he offered. I think than you know. Maybe what was on face value the television personality as beloved as that was so in your book. You describe tools for learning And they're described as essential..

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