If you’ve been here before you already know that I love libraries! Libraries were a favorite resource for me long before starting down the homeschooling/unschooling/uncollege path. Libraries have been a mainstay of knowledge, information, friendships, free and low cost books and other learning materials, and access to the internet. They provide low cost options for … Read more A Real World Resource that Rocks: Your Library
How do you go about mentoring self-directed learners? Lori Pickert’s books Project Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners does an excellent job of explaining how we set up our homes and lives for mentoring self-directed learners. And even though it says “Project-Based homeschooling”, you don’t need to be homeschooling to use this book. There are so … Read more Review:Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners
This book makes me want to get on a soapbox and shout: read this! I want us to take a look at how we use praise, rewards, power, control and coercion, even inadvertently, on a daily basis. I want us to have the courage to take steps to make changes that will truly help our … Read more Book Review: Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn
Are you new to the idea of self-directed learning? Or do you just want a nudge to get your own ideas going? Here’s a list of free and easy ways to kickstart your curiosity. Ready, set, go! Library! Browse the shelves, areas, displays, nooks and crannies. Check the internet policy. Explore all the resources, activities, … Read more 15 Ways to Kickstart Your Curiosity
The learner is at the heart of the process of self-directed learning. And the learner’s heart drives the process. Learners lead the process by determining what matters to them, their interests, curiosity and their goals, based on what is near and dear to their hearts. The heart must be full of trust that with questioning, … Read more What is Self-Directed Learning?
How can you be a self-directed learner? Ask yourself these questions: What? What do I want to learn? What are my goals? What are my next steps? What problem can I solve? What can I contribute? Why? Why does this matter to me and the world? Who? Who else is interested in this? Who might … Read more 24 Core Questions for Self-Directed Learners