Where do we learn best and become our best selves?

Before I publish an extensive post that dictates my next step in travel/work/life, which I’ve alluded to on Twitter, I wanted to share some videos I watched yesterday as a direct result of this recent thinking.

If you follow Nomadderwhere, you may know I’ve spent the last couple years chasing and creating educational initiatives. Having uprooted the family for high school, sought study abroad programs with fervor, developed programs in Nakavika, and obsessed over videos on global education, it’s ever-apparent I have an affinity for pursuing and cheerleading quality education, both in the traditional sense and otherwise.

Recently, I received an invitation to visit China with a group of teachers and students who were conducting a school there. And by there, I mean China. The school was China. China was the classroom, the subject, and the geographical home – at least for this trimester. And in this non-traditional learning environment, I began to wonder which experience in my own life had educated me the most: the pricey private high school, the college years that tested my application of academics in real life, or the tens of thousands of miles traveled after leaving ‘classrooms’ in my contrail.

Here are a couple TED talks on education that caught my eyes and ears. Give yourself something interesting to listen to during your lunch break.

Many of my good friends are teachers, and I don’t mean to belittle their training and/or approaches to imparting knowledge. I just think this is a thrilling concept of shaking up education, especially by means of travel and the world playing the role of inspiring application of thought.

Work and life update coming soon.

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  • Hilary

    If you are looking for other educational innovators, Dr. Michael Wesch from Kansas State does some amazing work in anthropology using media and new media…he’s got a couple of videos around and on youtube (esp and anthropological introduction to youtube and vision of students today) that you might enjoy!

    • Lindsay Clark

      Much appreciated, Hilary! I’ll look into that. If you’ve got any favorites, please do send a link.

      P.S. I’ll be getting back to you on your video question asap!