About Mike Dunn

As a lifelong educator, Mike has been working in outdoor and indoor classrooms for over 15 years. His practice is rooted in a deep understanding of History and the foundation on which we have built our educational philosophies and values. He currently serves as the College & Career Counselor at a small independent school outside of Philadelphia.

The Case For Learning Through Experience

courtesy buzzcanuck In 1938, education theorist John Dewey published a short volume entitled Experience and Education. In typical Dewey fashion, he begins by arguing the philosophical underpinnings of what makes experiences so valuable. He states that in truth, young learners (in particular) are most accustomed to learning from experiences. They do so on [...]

By | 2016-11-01T14:28:51+00:00 July 2nd, 2013|Instruction&Curriculum, Social Studies|0 Comments

Fulfilling The Interdisciplinary Dream

picture courtesy Exploring Education The education world is all about buzzwords. From early classes in all disciplines to graduate level courses in specialized topics, practitioners are constantly throwing around terms like “differentiation”, “STEM” (now STEAM), “flipped classrooms”, “high-stakes testing”, “collaborative learning”, and “MOOCs”. These catch phrases live in the [...]

Learning With Our Inner-Gamer: Using Board Games in the Social Studies Classroom

The idea of using games in the classroom has been a popular practice for teachers across varying disciplines for years. Board games have offered meaningful ways for teachers to easily captive students in learning experiences; scenario based games have offered teachers means to encourage students to think more deeply about topics; card games have [...]

By | 2016-11-01T14:38:39+00:00 January 23rd, 2013|Instruction&Curriculum, Social Studies|2 Comments