What color do you see education?

“Color is a means to directly influence the soul. Color is the key. The view is the hammer. The soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the command, touching this or that key, vibrate the soul so that it can influence directly.” – Wasily Kandinsky

The question that gives title to the post is more important than it may seem at first glance issue. The reason is clear: the color that you see education is the color that your students (if you’re a teacher) or your children (if you are a parent) see the world. In Kandinsky’s appointment could change artist educator.

educationAs usual with almost all aspects of life, education and everything is black (absolute pessimism) and everything is pink (innocent optimism). Actually, no one should have a monochromatic view of education. This should be seen in different colors depending on the time, the context and the circumstances.

In this sense, it would be interesting to create a “pedagogical Pantone” that allows us to have a sample of each of the teaching resources available to us to see which is most suitable for every occasion.

We all know that there are three basic colors (red, yellow and blue) from which can form many colors, depending on the manner and intensity as combined. Considering that the basic colors of education are the four pillars that Delors enunciated in his report to UNESCO (learning to know, learning to do, learning to live together, learning to be), depending on how the combine will get a type of education or another. This can range from the more rote and mechanical to more powers, creative and critical, through endless nuances.

Graphic designers know that there are colors that combine well and other never to join them. Educators should also know.

Many teaching methods related to the colors that apply in our classrooms. Sure we all know, and many aplicáis, the method of the six thinking hats Edward de Bono. It is a sufficiently known so that a detailed explanation is not necessary method, but I would like to recall the meaning and function of each of the hats:

  • Blue: Controls the other hats; brand time and the order thereof.
  • White: To believe in an objective and neutral way.
  • Red: To express our feelings.
  • Black: To be critical and think about why something might not work out.
  • Yellow: To look for the positive aspects of a particular aspect.
  • Green: To incite the creative possibilities. It is related to divergent thinking.

“The 6 Hats for Thought” of TheWhiteHat

The six hats method is valuable, but there are many others. I invite you, through blog comments, you share teaching resources related to the colors that you use so that everyone can learn from them

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