072 – Excellence in Learning with Andrew Pudewa

072 – Excellence in Learning with Andrew Pudewa

Excellence in Learning with Andrew Pudewa

“Dr. Suzuki was NOT trying to create a whole world of violinists or musicians.  He was trying to demonstrate to the world that you could teach children anything.” –Andrew Pudewa 

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[In This Episode][Guest Bio][Additional Notes][Text Transcript]

In This Episode

  • How is the Suzuki Method related to writing?

  • How can students get past the “blank page” road block?

  • How can limitations actually increase creativity rather than decrease it?

Today’s podcast will have several surprises and interesting practical approaches for teaching and learning. I have interviewed many fascinating guests, but you will be hard-pressed to find a better overview of powerful learning ideas on our podcast.

If you have ever played a musical instrument, you’ve probably heard of the Suzuki method for learning to play the violin. Today’s guest has had the privilege of studying directly with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. His insights from working with Dr. Suzuki have significantly influenced his current passion of inspiring students to write with excellence.

Andrew Pudewa understands learning at a very deep level. His experiences with Dr. Suzuki and subsequently in starting the Institute for Excellence in Writing have common themes which we discuss in the interview.

This next year we will be taking a select group of 10-15 teens on a journey of self-discovery, deep intellectual curiosity, and innovation leadership. This is not a club, social gathering, or homework tutoring. The students in the Resonance Innovation Fellowship will be on a quest to find impact and world-change through the backdrop of technology.



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Guest Bio

Andrew Pudewa is the director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and a father of seven. Traveling and speaking around the world, he addresses issues related to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity, insight, practical experience, and humor. His seminars for parents, students, and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer and have equipped educators with powerful tools to dramatically improve students’ skills.

Although he is a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Japan and holds a Certificate of Child Brain Development from the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his best endorsement is from a young Alaskan boy who called him “the funny man with the wonderful words.” He and his wonderful, heroic wife, Robin, have homeschooled their seven children and are now proud grandparents of eight, making their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Additional Notes

Connect with Andrew:

Mentioned in the Episode:

More about Andrew: http://iew.com/intro-iew/history-mission-people/founders/andrew-pudewa

Institute for Excellence in Writing:

“Embrace the Shake” on TED: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJu5zCCNCsE

Suzuki Method: https://suzukiassociation.org/about/suzuki-method/

Ability Development from Age Zero (Suzuki): http://www.amazon.com/Ability-Development-Suzuki-Method-International/dp/0874875803

More about Table Top Inventing: http://ttinvent.com/moreabout

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Text Transcript Coming Soon!

“The purpose of education is to cultivate wisdom and virtue by nurturing the soul with goodness, truth, and beauty which can be apprehended through the human senses and abilities that are developed with the liberal arts.” –Andrew Pudewa


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