A Lesson Plan is a Hero’s Journey



Metaphor is a strong motivator for students. If they can understand the whys and hows of what they’re attempting they can engage more deeply with the content. Presenting a lesson as a hero’s journey (in the tradition of Joseph Campbell) can provide an enticing framework.

It starts with

John Cleese’s Educational Philosophy


Following up on the video from earlier this week, I can’t help but connect John Cleese’s thoughts to education. I’ll skip the first premise that must be believed to follow this line, that the primary goal of education is to teach the skills of creativity and not to impart a collection of received knowledge. That is a topic for another day, and that day was thirty years ago.

Key points of the talk: