Solstice End of Year Reflection: What’s Really Important?

This has been a hard year. My mom was diagnosed with ALS in February, followed by two feeding tube surgeries, a move back east and rapidly progressing symptoms. One sibling had a bad fall with complications. Another sibling needed a brain surgery and still needs a different surgery. And yesterday, the longest night of the … Read more

Travel and Learning: 12 Topics to Take Beyond Textbooks

Travel and Learning:12 Topics to Take Beyond Textbooks, photo of marble section from the Roamn Forum, www.lisanalbone.com

Breathing in the air and aromas, walking in the footsteps or examining firsthand what I have studied or read about is thrilling. I get goosebumps just remembering the first time I: stood under the towering, majestic Redwoods I’d studied in Botany had a slow meaningful conversation in Spanish about education with a woman in the … Read more

10 Attitudes to Spread the Love of Learning

 

Even when you choose to unschool, as a parent you will have moments when you are the teacher. Don’t worry if you don’t have a teaching credential. The critical elements that make a great teacher are often not taught in college, nor are they required to earn a teaching credential.

So, you may be asking yourself these questions:

How can I be the best teacher for my kids? 

 As a self-directed learner, how do I become my own best teacher? 

How does a great teacher spread the love of learning?

Close your eyes for a moment and remember the best teacher you ever had. Maybe it was in a Sunday school or summer camp. Think of someone who was a great teacher in your life- not necessarily a classroom teacher. It could be a coach, music teacher, scout leader,  professor, parent, neighbor, or mentor. Perhaps it was a friend.

Can you recapture the good feeling of that learning experience?   What did you learn? How? What was it about the teacher and how they interacted with you that made it  great?  How did they make you feel? Jot those down.  

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