The Path to Learning Podcast

The Path to Learning Podcast

Hosted by: Scott Bultman, Jay Irwin and John Pottenger

A fresh perspective on education; what's working, what's broken, and how we can best advocate for children. A companion to our documentary series, this podcast takes a wider perspective on education in America.


The Power of Hands-On Learning (Doug Stowe)

Season #1 Episode #13

Powerful learning happens through creative hands-on activities. How can schools better promote learning beyond eyes and ears? Doug Stowe, an expert in both Sloyd and Froebel methods, shows us how. Doug, master...
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Clearing the Air (John, Jay & Scott)

Season #1 Episode #12

In the first of several “behind the scenes” episodes, John, Jay and Scott discuss the history and motivation behind the Garden of Children documentary series and Path to Learning podcast. With all the talk about...
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Fostering Wonder and Inquiry in Children (Paul Andersen)

Season #1 Episode #11

Paul Andersen, an educational consultant and YouTube creator based in Bozeman, MT, reflects on the differences in good and bad teaching. He explains how parents and educators can move away from dumping information...
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A Natural Way to Assess Learning (Stacey Wellman)

Season #1 Episode #10

Stacey Wellman, a speech/language pathologist with Winnetka public schools, describes how the  Froebel method helps her identify and assess a child's learning profile. This natural play-based approach often avoids the...
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Assessing the Value of Standardized Testing (William Jeynes)

Season #1 Episode #9

In this episode we speak with Dr. William Jeynes, Professor of Education at California State University, Long Beach about standardized testing in America.  How did testing and our industrial model come about, and is...
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Visual Spatial Learning (Alex Wolf and Vijal Parikh)

Season #1 Episode #8

In this episode we discuss visual-spatial learning with Alex Wolf and Dr. Vijal Parikh of Hear how they got started, about their Pattern Alphabet, and their work with SILC (Spatial Intelligence Learning...
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Kindergarten & the Birth of Modern Art (Norman Brosterman)

Season #1 Episode #7

In this episode John, Jay and Scott interview Norman Brosterman at Blockspot Learning in Southampton, NY (October 2015). We discussed the history of the Froebel Kindergarten and its impact on modern art, design and...
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Intro to the Froebel Kindergarten pedagogy (John, Jay & Scott)

Season #1 Episode #6

In this episode we discuss who Friedrich Froebel was and what his educational pedagogy is all about. Learn about the Froebel's Gifts and Occupations and how he combined child-centered, play-based, hands-on, and...
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What Teachers Need to Help Students Thrive (Rex Miller)

Season #1 Episode #5

Data tells a different story of what's really going on in the classroom. Business consultant/coach, Rex Miller shares the research from his new book WHOLE: What Teachers Need to Help Students...
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Playful Learning (Mariah Bruehl)

Season #1 Episode #4

In this episode, Mariah Bruehl talks about how play should be at the center of learning. She gives key insights on how to "follow a child's natural curiosity" to help guide the teaching process. Children are filled...
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Child-centered Education in a Public School Setting (Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin)

Season #1 Episode #3

In this episode, Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin talks about her experience as an early childhood teacher at Mission Hill School in the Boston Public Schools. She unpacks what "child-centered" means and the importance of...
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Do We Value What We Measure in Education? (Julie Wilson)

Season #1 Episode #2

Julie Wilson gives an inspiring interview on how our current educational model is failing us, and how we need to begin to ask the deeper question, "What's worth learning" as the guide for the future.  Do we value...
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