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Teaching Ideas that build on Pestalozzi’s Pedagogy

by Dr. Joanna Nair for PestalozziWorld

 

These Teaching Ideas:

  • Use a variety of approaches to explore Pestalozzi’s teaching approach and his beliefs as they relate to education

  • Include extension activities which link to Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi’s educational approach and demonstrate his relevance to what is happening today, specifically in the lives and experience of the students

  • Include an explanation, given in bold at the end of each Teaching Idea, of the aspect of Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi’s educational approach to which each relates

  • Include ideas for use with a variety of levels of students but each idea can be adapted for use with any level or with mixed ability

A guide on how to use these teaching ideas is available here.

Circles (1) - Circle of Kindness (Elementary to Intermediate)

Circles (2) - My Inner Circles (Elementary to Intermediate)

Circles (3) - The Circles We Live In (Elementary to Intermediate)

Circles (4) - Helping And Being Helped In The Circles We Live In (Elementary to Intermediate)

Circles (5) - Imagined Future Circles (Intermediate to Advanced) 

Circles (6) - Pestalozzi’s Own Circles (Intermediate to Advanced)

Circles (7) - A Famous Person’s Circles (Advanced) 

Co-operation - Heaven or Hell (Elementary) 

Don’t Judge Too Soon (1) - The Blind Men and the Elephant (Elementary to Intermediate) 

Don’t Judge Too Soon (2) - ‘A Simpleton’s Judgement’ (Intermediate) 

Don’t Judge Too Soon (3) - Some Descriptions of Pestalozzi (Intermediate to Advanced) 

Freedom and Obedience - Self-Discipline and Morality  (Intermediate to Advanced)

Head, Heart and Hands (1) - Helping Others (Elementary) 

Head, Heart and Hands (2) - A Week’s Activities (1) (Elementary)

Head, Heart and Hands (2) (continued) - A Week’s Activities (2) (continued) (Elementary) 

Head, Heart and Hands (3) - True or False (Intermediate to Advanced) 

Head, Heart and Hands (4) - The Importance of Our Actions (Intermediate to Advanced) 

Heart-led - Feelings - The Power of the Heart (Elementary) 

Human Rights (1) - Rights (Intermediate to Advanced) 

Human Rights (2) - Rights and Responsibilities (Intermediate to Advanced) 

 

Independence - Fundraising for a PestalozziWorld Local Project (Intermediate to Advanced)

Learning By Example - A [Student’s Name] Tree (Elementary to Advanced)

Learning from the Local - Local Handicrafts (Intermediate to Advanced)

Literacy - The Disadvantages of Not Being Able to Read (Elementary)

Observation (1) - In the Teaching Room Elementary

Observation (2) - Describing and Drawing Local Areas (Intermediate to Advanced) 

Observation (3) - Modelling Local Areas (Intermediate to Advanced)

Overview of Pestalozzi’s Approach to Education - Pestalozzi Education Tree (Elementary to Intermediate) 

Perception and Empathy (1) - Simon Says (Elementary to Intermediate) 

Perception and Empathy (2) - Being Picked On (Intermediate to Advanced) 

Philanthropy (1) - Helping Others Now and in the Future (Intermediate to Advanced) 

Philanthropy (2) - Philanthropic Projects in the Local Community (Intermediate to Advanced) 

Philanthropy (3) - Your Home Community (Intermediate to Advanced)

Philanthropy (4) - Fundraising for Others (Intermediate to Advanced)

Poverty (1) - Definitions of Poverty (Intermediate to Advanced)

Poverty (2) - Causes of, Effects of and How to Overcome Poverty (1) (Intermediate to Advanced) 

Poverty (2) (continued) - Causes of, Effects of and How to Overcome Poverty (1) (continued)                  (Intermediate to Advanced) 

Schools (1) - The Worst Schools (Elementary to Intermediate) 

Schools (1) (continued ‘a’) - The Best Schools (Elementary to Intermediate)

Schools (1) (continued ‘b’) - The Changes Pestalozzi Made to Schools (Elementary to Intermediate)

Sense-Impression (1) - Using the Senses Other than Sight (1) (Elementary to Intermediate) 

Sense-Impression (2) - Using the Senses Other than Sight (2) (Elementary to Intermediate) 

Sense-Impression (3) - Using the Five Senses and Similes (Elementary to Intermediate) 

Sense-Impression (4) - Observing the Commonplace  (Intermediate)

Sense Impression (5) - Detailed Description  (Intermediate to Advanced)

Social Justice and Equality (1) - It’s Not Fair! (Intermediate to Advanced)

Students Teaching Students (1) - Teaching a Group of Young/Disabled Children (1) (Intermediate to Advanced) 

Students Teaching Students (1) (continued) - Teaching a Group of Young/Disabled Children (1) (continued) (Intermediate to Advanced) 

Students Teaching Students (2) - Creating a Picture Book for a Young Child (Intermediate to Advanced) 

Students Teaching Students (3) - Introduction to New Students (1) (Intermediate to Advanced) 

Students Teaching Students (3) (continued) - Introduction to New Students (1) (continued) (Intermediate to Advanced) 

Students Teaching Students (4) - Peer Teaching - Learning From Each Other (Intermediate to Advanced) 

The Tree and The Gardener (1) - The Child as a Tree (Elementary to Advanced) 

The Tree and The Gardener (1) (continued) - The Teacher as a Gardener (Elementary to Advanced)

Values Held by Pestalozzi (1) - Songs (1) (Intermediate to Advanced) 

 

Values Held by Pestalozzi (1) (continued) - Songs (1) (continued) (Intermediate to Advanced)