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Kyra Gaunt

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Real Freedom in Higher Education (Fueling Productivity with Passion & Greatness)

I have been teaching for over 15 years and students rarely walk into the classroom engaged and addicted to study. Worse, they rarely leave their college experience that way. I am on a mission to empower 100,000 students from around the world to be thought leaders as consumers of their own productivity.

On February 11, 2011 I spoke at the opening ceremony of ISFiT 2011, the International Student Festival in Trondheim. It is the largest student run festival in the world. As I write this, there are 525 participants from over 110 countries. We had Hans Rosling speak two nights ago.

I spoke to them about a revolutionary shift in their thinking as world leaders. There is nothing to do to be great. You are already great if you were born human. No need to wait to be great citizens, "future" professionals and great human beings as many institutional missions charge. Learning begins with freedom, thrives in not-knowing, and is built on a world that works for all (creating social equities are center of the human project of education). So if one student fails, the professor fails.

What would if be like if the classroom was a playful learning environment where mistakes mattered as part of our growth and learning? Where the source of learning was not books but people? Where professors were lit up and students-as-adults followed their dream

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    Mar 14 2011: Let me start by saying that I am no expert of this field, so my comment will be based on my experience as a student and what I now believe would have helped me.

    I think the key of teaching is motivation. Kids, and adults, can be motivated in many different ways. Yes, playing is a way of motivation, also using colors, sounds, videos, magic.

    I also think that smaller class allow teachers to connect better with kids and to identify what motivates them.

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