Wisdom in Education

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Wisdom in PSHE

This year I have redesigned my approach to grade 10 PSHE toward wisdom in education based on the approach Harvard University has taken with their students and their “Reflecting on Your Life” program. In this program faculty and students explore such topics as what it means to live a good life or reflections on how their time is spent and what passions this time is connected to, if any. At Harvard this program occurs in nice manageable groups of 12 first-year students over the course of three 90 minute sessions. Discussions center around core values, ethical dilemmas and parables to help turn “college into the transformational experience it is meant to be”.  Reading the article, I was inspired to revisit my own opportunities to implement wisdom in education with high school students knowing that I see my students more frequently and that the concept of learning to be wise was already an implicit part of our PSHE classes.

Getting Started with Wisdom

As part of the introductory lesson centered on the relationship between wisdom and wellness, we completed the wisdom scorecard to examine what wisdom can be seen to be and not to be. Part of our focus using that tool was to pull out the underlying assumptions used and what facets of wisdom we felt should be added. Thinking through how we develop some of the characteristics of wisdom, the first unit centers around “Wisdom and Play”.

Lesson Posts

Wisdom in Education Lesson 1

For the first Grade 10 PSHE Wisdom class it was essential to redefine the approach to PSHE more toward the concept of decision making and becoming a wise person away from the topic by topic approach that typifies the Grade 9 PSHE class. The benefit of approaching it this way was to both simultaneously set the […]