My Love Affair with Libraries

My love affair with libraries started when I was very young. I grew up in a town with a library housed in a section of a big fancy estate that had been donated to the town. It had giant leaded glass windows, window seats, balconies, nooks and crannies and a beautiful children’s room  which opened … Read more My Love Affair with Libraries

Don’t Forget to Go Outside!

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Here is one of my core beliefs: to improve parenting, learning, and taking care of yourself, make sure you go outside each day. Let nature nurture. Fresh air, sunshine, feet and hands in the dirt help cure a lot of what ails us.   Need help with stress? Sleep? Moods? Take a walk.   “In … Read more Don’t Forget to Go Outside!

Parenting Tips from Jack Andraka’s Mom, Jane: Showing up and Keeping it Real

  Jane Andraka is warm, funny, and down-to-earth mom, who happens to be, according to Forbes magazine, “a genius at raising brilliant kids.” Her sons Luke and Jack have been taking the science and engineering world by storm, while still in their teens. Her younger son Jack developed a break-through, simple test for pancreatic cancer … Read more Parenting Tips from Jack Andraka’s Mom, Jane: Showing up and Keeping it Real

15 Ways to Kickstart Your Curiosity

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

How do you keep going?

How do you keep yourself going when in the midst of a complex, long-term project? Sustain motivation?

What if it is taking so much longer than you thought it would?

How do you keep going when the going gets tough?

What if you have to keep learning new skills every step of the way, and life slows you down?

Carrie and I are right there with you!  It happens to all of us. Our motivation and energy can be hard to sustain over the long haul.

Sometimes you need to stop and take a breath, and celebrate your progress instead of bemoaning how much more there is to do.

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What is Self-Directed Learning?

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?

24 Core Questions for Self-Directed Learners

24 Core Questions for Self-directed learners

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