Teaching is a complex job. How can we prepare teachers to attend to myriad issues while still fostering a sense of play in their classrooms? Patrick Sexton, assistant dean of teacher education programs, describes how he encourages pre-service teachers to think creatively by incorporating theatre games into their preparation.
What makes kids strong? How can we help young men of color thrive? Can school bureaucracy actually be a good thing?
These and other pressing issues in education have been tackled during EDU Talks, a fast-paced series of talks by University of Washington College of Education faculty members working to unlock the potential of all students.
Watch each EDU Talk and dive into leading edge research that is opening new opportunities in education.
Setting the stage
Slipping into character
Young children regularly engage in role playing during their earliest years, yet it almost disappears after preschool. Teaching associate Kimberly Mitchell details why schools should integrate role playing throughout our classrooms.
Vamos a dormir, niños
Ed Taylor, professor of education and vice provost and dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, shares how his experience working with preschoolers as a teenager led him to a career in education.
The healing power of play
Experiencing psychological pain is unavoidable. Yet play can provide a safe space for children and set the foundation for emotional healing. Professor Janine Jones shares how play can help build connections that are essential to healing.
Playing your way to resilience
Resilience isn't something children are either born with or without. Polo DeCano, a PhD candidate in school psychology, discusses how the experience of play can help children develop the skills necessary to deal with adversity.
Playful learning matters
What's the role of joy in what children learn, how they learn and why they learn? Philip Bell, Shauna C. Larson Chair in Learning Sciences, shares his work making the exploration of science a joyful experience for children that can open future pathways.
Changing the conversation
How was your day at school? It's a question millions of parents ask, yet kids have trouble answering. For children with disabilities, the challenge is even greater. Ariane Gauvreau, teaching associate in special education, describes how she's helping children have richer conversations with just a cell phone.
You can't learn if you don't play
Children are experts at play. They love to explore and try new things. Yet too many schools don't take advantage of children's inate curiosity. Elham Kazemi, Geda and Phil Condit Professor in Math and Science Education, shares why schools must tap into this curiosity to encourage students—and teachers—to play with new ideas and ways of learning.
Mobile City Science
Mapping, and understanding related technologies, is quickly becoming a new kind of civic literacy for participating in community-level problem-solving. Professor Katie Headrick Taylor discusses her work with urban youth mapping community assets for learning and new learning opportunities.
Great teaching is ... magnified by professional development
Tremendous knowledge resides within a school's teachers, but using that collective knowledge to improve teaching practice can prove challenging. Jessica Thompson outlines her work creating networked improvement communities of teachers to scale great teaching across schools and districts.
Great teaching is ... student-centered
Great teaching puts students at the center of the learning process. Megan Kelley-Petersen, who directs the UW's elementary teacher education and acclerated certification (U-ACT) programs, discusses her experiences as a new teacher and her current work preparing future teachers.
Great teaching is ... rigorous, authentic and fun
Making coursework rigorous, ambitious and fun is crucial to student learning. Professor Walter Parker discusses a UW partnership with high school teachers to recreate AP Government by making a series of simulations the spine of the course.