Wow! Children! Wow! Learning!

Sep 19, 2018 | Posted by the IEW Blog Team


In Episode 156 of the Arts of Language Podcast, Andrew Pudewa continues his trip down memory lane. He reminisces about his time spent learning from Shinichi Suzuki and then recalls his experiences in the subsequent years.

Following his time in Japan, Andrew spent a few years working for and learning from the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential. While at the institute, Andrew saw how children who had experienced brain injury were learning and making progress with a Suzuki-like methodology. This experience was transformative for him, and he took the knowledge he had gained with him when he later moved to Montana to teach violin.

In Montana, Andrew began a preschool that embraced Dr. Suzuki’s approach to learning, and he developed programs that taught music, reading, math, and even yoga. During his time in Montana, he traveled to Canada for some teacher training. It was during this trip that his life’s calling was clarified, for during it he met Dr. Webster, the author of Blended Structure and Style in Composition. It was Dr. Webster who introduced Andrew to the blended Structure and Style approach to writing.

If you’ve ever wondered how a violin teacher came to become an English teacher and start the Institute for Excellence in Writing, this is the podcast for you!

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