Leslie, Denton, TX Posted August 23, 2012 by Simple Rules Foundation


I am a literacy teacher and work mostly with high school students and teachers. Along with colleagues we have developed a list of simple rules for “generative learning” — teaching and learning that is sensitive, responsive, adaptive, and robust! It’s a pretty long list, but even if we could just focus on 3-4 of them, we think we could make a big difference in schools.

Here they are:

  • Teach and learn in every interaction.
  • Pay attention to the whole, the part, and the greater whole.
  • See, understand, and influence patterns.
  • Build on individual, social, and cultural assets.
  • Seek the true and the useful.
  • Be curious, embrace uncertainty, and act with courage.
  • Engage in joyful practice.