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This website offers tools for education for democratic self-organization and reflections on their use. I hope it will provide a space for discussion and exploration of the use of "popular education" in movement building -- guided by a commitment to equality and democracy. See the website guidelines for more about the mechanics of the site. - Matt Noyes

Bertrand Russell: Ten Commandments of Teaching

1: Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.

2: Do not think it worthwhile to produce belief by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.

3: Never try to discourage thinking, for you are sure to succeed.

4: When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.

5: Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.

Two interesting sources of activities and ideas

Don Koberg and Jim Bagnall's classic The Universal Traveler: A soft-systems guide to creativity, problem-solving and the process of reaching goals.
http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/docs/icb.topic1463867.files/T550_2014_Week_...

Excellent Resource: Hoy jugamos en clase

http://hoyjugamosenclase.blogspot.jp/

"La propuesta del libro-blog surge con un doble propósito: (a) aportar recursos para facilitar la aplicación en el aula de propuestas lúdico-motrices y (b) abrir una línea de comunicación con los lectores/as para intercambiar ideas, opiniones..."

Sinéctica Corporal

Interesting idea that I learned about from Iñazio Irizar, although this is from a different source: http://hoyjugamosenclase.blogspot.jp/2011/01/sinectica-corporal.html

Sinéctica Corporal

Student created games

Maybe try using Bitsboard to create language games in English:

http://bitsboard.com/

John Cage loved these rules

I got this from the wonderful Open Culture website.

It is great to have students and teachers read these rules then choose one to which to respond -- writing a comment. You could use them also as prompts for role plays, speeches, debates, writing, etc.

RULE ONE: Find a place you trust, and then try trusting it for a while.

RULE TWO: General duties of a student: Pull everything out of your teacher; pull everything out of your fellow students.

RULE THREE: General duties of a teacher: Pull everything out of your students.

Mark Twain

Work and play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions.

Want to use this in classes and other projects

Loomio was one of the platforms featured at the Platform Cooperativism conference in NYC in Nov. 2015. It is designed to help groups make collective decisions. It seems to work for both consensus and voting approaches, but I have not really tested it yet. I will use it in my courses and maybe in other projects.

https://www.loomio.org/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuWfEwlWFlw

Six Words

Shiho Ide did this activity with us in English for Activists. It worked well -- everyone was able to create and share several sentences in a short time. The idea is simple: write sentences of six words. They can be free or in response to a prompt. You can pair up to do a dialogue or debate. You can string several sentences together to make a narrative, poem, or song. You can do an improvised dialogue with every sentence being six words. You can write collaboratively, each person adding a word. You can add other structures, like blues, etc.

Marshmallow Challenge

http://marshmallowchallenge.com

Great collaborative activity. Instead of the explicatory spin that Tom Wujec gives it, just ask participants the Jacotot questions: What did you see? What do you think of it? What can you make of it? There is a lot to see, so taking time with the first question (always a good idea) is especially important. I think it would pair well with Broken Squares, the Marshmallow game coming first.

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