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Self-directed Learning

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Subverting Myself

I’ve been thinking about ways to subvert the systems of public education that have more to do with managing kids and producing test scores than with authentic learning. The best way to subvert public education might be to build collaborative relationships with students in pursuit of the knowledge, skills, and understandings they want to learn … Continue reading

Jumping in

Folks, I just want to say how awesome it feels to be here with you, such a group of thoughtful and powerful teachers and educators.  I am really drawn to the specificity and reflectiveness of the posting here, and want to join in full tilt. As to the question, “How do we support students developing … Continue reading

Empowering Self-Directed Learners

Many of you who read my personal blog know that I became a teacher because of a specific event that “wounded” me as a young child.  In trying to answer this week’s cooperative catalyst question, “How do we support students developing as efficacious self-directed, social learners and involve parents as partners in that journey?” I … Continue reading

Learning Like Spies

How do we support students developing as efficacious self-directed, social learners and involve parents as partners in that journey? This is a question I ask myself daily. While I work in a progressive environment, there are certain methods that are not. There are thematic units, individual studies, and differentiated instruction, but there are also cookie … Continue reading

Teacher as Learning Platform

How do we support students developing as efficacious self-directed, social learners and involve parents as partners in that journey? I struggle with balancing expectations for student independence and inquiry with the patience and nurturing needed to help students graduate from school work to their own work. In my own life, I tend to make changes … Continue reading

Sacred Wounds

In Wounded by School, Kirsten Olson validates the experiences we have all had. Whether that’s the formation of a self-image that we are incapable or stupid, reflecting the narrow and inflexible curriculum of public schools; or the dulling of our senses and joy for learning as we do rote memorization in order to regurgitate on … Continue reading

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