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Zuleika

Zuleika has written 7 posts for Cooperative Catalyst

When Students Direct their Learning, Teaching is Flipped on its Head

from an experience on 9.25.12 After breakfast this morning, I made my way to the computer room, a central location in the “downstairs”, or k-6 part of The Free School (AFS). I was prepared to try an approach to conducting a drawing lesson suggested by quite a few of the AFS staff. I arrived with … Continue reading

Mentorship in Democratic Learning Environments

This morning I sat in on a meeting to discuss the beginning of this years mentor program at The Free School. Sixteen students from grades 5 through 8 are eligible to take a younger student as their mentee for the year. I can recall the various mentoring I’ve participated in from high school through college. … Continue reading

Second Free School update

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Beginnings at the Albany Free School

For the 2012 -2013 year, I will be an intern at the Albany Free School.  I found out about the Free School through AERO, the Alternative Education Resource Organization, back in the days when I first began learning about democratic schools. I decided to join their internship program as my own form of alternative learning. … Continue reading

Vigor not Rigor

Above from Google searches of vigorous and rigorous Vigor means having [intensity, energy, and enthusiasm], and the potential for enhancing “active strength of body or mind”. When something is invigorating, it’s “stimulating…energizing…restorative”. A vigorous thing challenges you, and tests your abilities in a creative way. Even if it’s difficult, at the end of the experience … Continue reading

The Peer Matching Network

A good educational system should have three purposes: it should provide all who want to learn with access to available resources at any time in their lives; empower all who want to share what they know to find those who want to learn it from them; and, finally, furnish all who want to present an … Continue reading

An Introduction

I am a blogger for IDEA, and through Melia Dicker and Adam Burk, I was invited to post here at the Coop. I just thought that I should give an introduction before I begin contributions. I became aware of democratic education through an offbeat series of events (but who doesn’t find out about it that … Continue reading

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