074 – Hands-On Education with Stephen Bralley

Hands-On Education with Stephen Bralley

What is it we really want a child to know? Is it the 123’s and the ABC’s, or is it an understanding of how they learn? Or is it that whether they have a teacher in front of them or a book beside them, they know how to figure something out?  
–Stephen Bralley

074 - Stephen Bralley

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In This Episode

  • What does it feel like to be a student with dyslexia?
  • Do some forms of teaching create more powerful learning?
  • What is the real meaning and purpose for letter grades?

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This thought-provoking episode holds the answers to these questions.

Today’s episode is one of the most quotable episodes we’ve had. We have had a few like this one, Michael Wesch’s episode #25 for instance. You will want to listen closely because of the power packed educational perspective of this master educator.

Stephen Bralley is currently a district superintendent with a large private school district of K-12 schools. He has been a K-8 principal and teacher. He has also taught in high school. I’ve seen him in action, and he is an inspiring and inspired educator. Today’s episode is very candid, and we don’t pull any punches about the challenges in education.

Stephen and I have been good friends for more than 25 years, and I have always respected his ability to lead and to teach. He is genuine, thoughtful, and caring. So when I think about a good classroom experience, he is one of the models that comes to mind, and it is no coincidence that we have modeled our Inventor Camps after the most engaging and inspiring educators we know.

Inventor Camp is popping with excitement and learning. The technology is powerful, and we don’t dumb down the intensity much. Students get flooded with real scenarios, and versatile, real tools such as 3D printers, computer programming, and electronics.

We often have parents AND students tell us, “We can’t believe so much learning happened in just 4 days!

We want to help you and your kids create the future!

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Guest Bio

Stephen is currently Superintendent of Education for Kentucky-Tennessee Conference. He has worked in education for 25 years in summer youth camp, secondary and elementary education. He has been a camp associate director, boy’s dean, multigrade and single grade classroom teacher, as well as an administrator in secondary and elementary schools. Stephen attended a one room elementary school for two years, graduated from a boarding academy high school, and spent four years in Adventist University before graduating with his education degree from Tennessee Technological University.

As superintendent, Stephen strives to keep his early elementary classrooms as active and engaging as possible. He believes that play is the first work of a young child. He is co-founder of teachSDA.org which strives to encourage discussion among Adventist educators and encourage the idea that professional development is most effective when it is personal. A true teacher wants to continue to grow and share their knowledge.

Stephen believes that education is a light of possibility creating purpose driven young people who serve their community. The Adventist Education system is the second largest parochial school system in the world with 7,598 educational institutions operating in over 100 countries around the world with over 1.5 million students world wide. It is the only centrally organized parochial school system in the world.

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Quotes that Inspire Stephen

“All things both in heaven and in earth declare that the great law of life is a law of service.” -Ellen White

“True education does not ignore the value of scientific knowledge or literary acquirements; but above information it values power; above power; goodness; above intellectual acquirement, character. The world does not so much need men and women of great intellect as of noble character. It needs men and women in whom ability is controlled by steadfast principal.” -Ellen White

About Teachers

I don’t have one teacher, but a group of educators throughout my life. These were the teachers who looked beyond the challenges of the student in front of them and saw the individual that they would become. A teachers greatest gift is vision.

Something Stephen Made Recently:

Breakfast for my family

Something Stephen Learned Recently:

After attending the New Years celebration in downtown Nashville I have become curious about the Tiny Home Villages for the homeless here in Nashville.

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We make a mistake when we see education as a destination. Being educated is broader than just academics or facts you can find on Wikipedia or Google… It’s not “being educated”. It’s a “state of being”. –Stephen Bralley

What is it we really want a child to know? Is it the 123’s and the ABC’s, or is it an understanding of how they learn? Or is it that whether they have a teacher in front of them or a book beside them, they know how to figure something out? –Stephen Bralley

Education was always meant to include the whole person. Math wasn’t just supposed to stay in the math book. We find math in history, and we find English in math. The “aha!” moment happens when students see the connections to something in which they have interest or experience, and then connect it with something they don’t. That’s when a concept makes sense. –Stephen Bralley

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