Why did we start WLwG and what do we hope to achieve?

We Learn, We Grow is a learning site for global citizens learning to live and thrive together in a connected and complex world.

In this century, the global is not ‘out there’. We influence each other socially and culturally through media and telecommunications. We travel and migrate. We trade across borders. International markets affect domestic markets. Our political and education systems come from somewhere. And we share one planet.

Global citizen is a complex identity that more and more of us in the world share. It is an identity that transcends geography or political borders and is shaped by the idea that we share a common humanity with shared needs. We also have common problems:

When we polled global citizens on what stops…


An educator’s guide to creating space for project-based learning in your courses

I am a big fan of projects, as it is a strong way to blend academic knowledge with learning from experience to purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection.

Project-based Learning or PBL, as advocated by The Buck Institute for Education, has come to be associated with projects where learners work for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge.

You can think of it as both running a project and learning knowledge, skills, attitudes and values from it. This is the general process:

For those…


How to change your perspective, intentionally

Somewhere in 2014, my mindset changed from either/or to both/and. At that time, I thought it was a blend of aha! moments when studying astrophysics and exploring Buddhism shortly after that led me to shift my mindset. Like when I truly understood wave-particle duality, it was liberating and had far-reaching consequences on what I perceive as real and true. This combined with the Buddhist philosophy of interdependence just turned me.

Flash forward 7 years, after having gained some experience in formal education and educational research, I understand that it was something much more that transformed my thinking from either/or to…


An interview with Veljko Armano Linta, biophilic designer and architect

The term Biophilia was first used by psychoanalyst Erich Fromm in The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness (1973), which described biophilia as “the passionate love of life and of all that is alive.” The term was later used by biologist Edward O. Wilson in his work Biophilia (1984), who proposed that the tendency of humans to focus on and to affiliate with nature and other life-forms has, in part, a genetic basis.

The biophilia hypothesis suggests that humans seek a connection with nature and other parts of life. That we psychologically benefit from being in close relations with our environment.

Let’s…


Presented at WISE Education Disrupted, Education Reimagined Part II

I was recently invited to speak at a WISE conference on how aspects of current education models can be reformed to make systems as a whole more resilient to the evolving landscape of the 21st century. I was especially impressed with their diverse curation of people and learnt about different interesting projects around the world working in the same spaces.

The constraint was three slides and seven minutes. Here is the script and the three slides. It is interesting how with each presentation, things become more clear and lucid and how ideas evolve.

To start off, I would like…


Learning about The Four Tendencies can make you a better learner and a better teacher

A colleague recently pointed me to The Four Tendencies framework when I asked for some advice on how to advise learners who display resistance, even though they want to learn something. The Four Tendencies has been devised by Dr. Gretchen Rubin, and the goal of the framework is to explain “why we act and why we don’t act.” By asking the suspiciously simple question “How do I respond to expectations?”, she discovered that people fit into four tendencies: Questioners, Obligers, Upholders, and Rebels.

The Four Tendencies

It is a relatively new work in human nature, and like with all attempts to classify human…


A Quick Guide for Keen Teenagers to Get Started in Authentic Astronomy Research

I graduated in astronomy (way back in 2012) and currently teach high school physics. I was really kicked when I learnt that the International Baccalaureate program offers Astrophysics as an option topic if you take physics. This means that students can “do” astronomy within school time as well, through projects, internal assessments (a student-designed practical), and extended essays (a student research paper).

A student research project in astronomy will give you a first taste of an authentic science research project, encouraging you to move beyond the structure of exam-based study into a world of possibility of authentic research work. …


A Toolkit to Getting Started with Learning How to Learn

Changing our beliefs around learning is the first step to learning anything and everything. Through my last two years of teaching, I have found solace in the power of self-directed learning to change lives, and the idea that it is for anyone, anytime, anywhere — child, teenager, adult, post-adult.

Self-directed learning is taking initiative, listening to your needs, crafting a goal, designing a plan, identifying human and material resources, and setting yourself up for success in achieving that goal. — Knowles

This article helps you understand what you need to learn how to learn to help you on your way…


Everything I believe so far about becoming my ideal body

I have struggled with my vision of my body for about 15 years now. At the age of 20 I started to rapidly gain weight (genetics meets hormones meets lifestyle). By 27 I was 108 kgs. By 30 I was around 90 kgs — achieved through helpful advise from my sister and simply changing my lifestyle — from an office worker in Mumbai to a student in Leiden, The Netherlands. I have hovered between 87 and 95 kgs for the last seven years. I think I am pretty good at maintaining my weight but good does not include consistent. …


and how you can adopt them

I was recently invited to speak at the Robotic Telescopes, Student Research, and Education conference at the University of Melbourne. The conference brought together a community of astronomy and physics teachers (from primary, middle, secondary, undergrad), astronomy researchers, education researchers, outreach practitioners, and university professors. It also included an amazing workshop day just for teachers equipping us with the tools we need to do authentic research in a school setting using ‘real’ telescopes. I came away super inspired.

Jaya Ramchandani

Is this how you learn? Ed consultant #learning #interdisciplinary #lifelong #transformative #selfdirected #experential #decolonization #criticalpedagogy

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