Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy: Educating for by Laura I. Rendón

By Laura I. Rendón

* An inspirational and holistic method of educating by way of a well known Latina student
* Defines seven steps to unlocking the possibility of academics and their scholars
* Deeply trained by way of the author's academic trip as a minority lady from a history of rural poverty

Laura Rendón is a pupil of nationwide stature, identified for her learn on scholars of colour and first-generation students, and at the components that advertise and bog down scholar success.

The motivation for the search that Laura Rendón stocks during this publication was once the belief that she, besides many educators, had overpassed the deeper, relationship-centered essence of schooling, and misplaced contact with the advantageous stability among teaching for lecturers and teaching for all times.

Her function is to reconnect readers with the unique impulse that led them to develop into educators; and to assist them rediscover, along with her, their ardour for instructing and studying within the provider of others and for the health of our society.

She bargains a transformative imaginative and prescient of schooling that emphasizes the harmonic, complementary dating among the sentir of instinct and the interior existence and the pensar of intellectualism and the pursuit of scholarship; among instructing and studying; formal wisdom and knowledge; and among Western and non-Western methods of realizing. within the approach she develops a pedagogy that encompasses wholeness, multiculturalism, and contemplative perform, that is helping scholars go beyond restricting perspectives approximately themselves; fosters excessive expectancies, and is helping scholars to turn into social swap brokers.

She invitations the reader to proportion her trip in constructing sentipensante pedagogy, and to problem seven entrenched agreements approximately schooling that act opposed to wholeness and the appreciation of fact in all varieties. She deals examples of her personal instructing and of the study room practices of college she encountered alongside the best way; in addition to counsel at the demanding situations, rewards and duties that anybody embarking on making a new imaginative and prescient of training and studying may still attend to.

Though according to the author’s existence paintings in greater schooling, her insights and procedure follow both to all educating and studying contexts.

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Something you will achieve; Something the Lord of the Universe will assign to you. (p. 94) Welcome to this journey to respond to our soul’s calling, to fulfill perhaps the biggest assignment of our lives. In the next chapter, I pave the way toward creating a new pedagogical Dreamfield based on wholeness and consonance. qxd:Layout 2 9/12/08 11:53 AM Page 23 1 Prelude to a New Pedagogical Dreamfield If we can see it is our agreements which rule our life, and we don’t like the dream of life, we need to change the agreements.

Life is all about relationships. —Joel Levey and Michelle Levey, Living in Balance As a society we have tended to emphasize competition far more than cooperation to explain important concepts such as educational achievement and the evolution of life itself. The philosophy of competition pits students against each other in a fiercely competitive teaching and learning environment. ), what is being argued here is that focusing solely on competition does not take into account the notion that relationships and cooperation also play a central role in the survival of life forms and the intellectual and social development of individuals.

As we increase our capacities for flexibility, we increase our ability to express our wisdom and to let go of our attachments. (p. 122) Arrien (1993) also offers hope: Across many cultures, the spirits of our ancestors literally stand behind us to support us in our life dream and purpose. Native people believe that what we do in this generation will affect seven generations to come. Anytime we don’t act, the effect is the same. (p. qxd:Layout 2 9/12/08 11:53 AM Page 26 SENTIPENSANTE (SENSING / THINKING) PEDAGOGY As the ancestors stand behind us, they wonder, “Oh, maybe this will be the one to bring the good, the true and the beautiful in our nature.

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