BRONX, NY – Dr. Christy Folsom is an associate professor in the Childhood Education Department of Lehman College, City University of New York. Her academic focus is on the intellectual and emotional infrastructure of teaching and learning, project-based learning that includes self-organization skill, transfer of learning from coursework to P-12 classrooms, and change in teacher thinking and practice evidenced in student performance. In addition, she developed Teaching for Intellectual and Emotional Learning (TIEL), a powerful curriculum planning tool for teachers.
While planning her undergraduate course entitled “The Art and Science of Learning and Teaching”, Dr. Folsom contacted the JW Foundation with an interest in participating in our book donation program. “In this course, we will explore scientific aspects of how we learn as well as how learning can be an art. Understanding learning as a science and as an art can have a profound impact on how we teach,” Folsom explains. She plans to use examples from The Art of Learning and Resilience based principles such as Value Process Before Results, Investment in Loss, Beginner’s Mind, and Using Adversity to illustrate the importance of teaching for intellectual learning in conjunction with emotional learning.
“How do you learn something and stick with it long enough to master it?” Dr. Folsom asks. “Yes, Josh had a gift for chess, but with tai chi it seems that he had to work so much more.” She believes Josh’s learning journey is a wonderful illustration of the wide range of learning, both social/emotional and cognitive/intellectual, and the necessity for struggle that must be addressed in the classroom in order to provide students with the complex learning experiences they need to succeed in the twenty-first century.
SPRINGFIELD, MO-Phelps Center for Gifted Education Mission The WINGS Program (Working with the Individual Needs of Gifted Students) is designed for academically gifted students in grades K-8. The purpose of the program is to provide academic challenge and rigor, as well as address the social and emotional needs of the gifted student. Four groups of 4th– and 5th-grade students undertaking the “Mythology, Chess, and the Art of Learning” unit of study conducted by Gina Wyckoff, a Gifted Education Resource teacher and her colleagues, will read The Art of Learning; play chess (Attacking Chess, et. al); read myths and analyze the connections between them, the game, and their lives; and create a play derived from vignettes of their own autobiographical Art of Learning story.
BRONX, NY-The purpose of Teaching for Intellectual and Emotional Learning at Lehman College is to offer a uniquely balanced approach to learning and teaching that addresses the requirements of 21st-century education. TIEL brings together the intellectual and social-emotional components of learning and teaching. Dr. Christy Folsom, Associate Professor and founder of the Institute, introduced The Art of Learning to students working on their masters’ degrees in Childhood Education and taking Curriculum Development in Music and Curriculum Development in Social Studies courses, and a Student Teaching Seminar. “I am using the book to help my students build resilience in their own learning process,” says Christy. “I want them to believe in themselves and develop strategies for dealing with cognitive dissonance, the learning curve, and the lack of instant perfection…I also want the students to have the book as a resource for designing strategies to work with their future students.”
ST. LOUIS, MO The PEGS program in the St. Louis public school system targets the most intellectually and academically exceptional students, providing them with an accelerated and enriched curriculum. Michelle Ryder, the principal of the Truman School, is incorporating The Art of Learning into the middle school English program in order to support the students’ intellectual and creative problem-solving abilities with tools that enable social and emotional growth. Her intention is to help these gifted adolescents reach their fullest potential.