Seasons of a Self-directed Learning Journey

To everything (turn, turn, turn)

There is a season (turn, turn, turn)

And a time to every purpose, under heaven….

This photo from 4 years ago turned up in my Facebook timeline this morning.

Learning to play ukulele, playing and singing with other people, has been a challenging and rewarding self-directed learning project for me. And there have been seasons – when I first started I was excitedly practicing every day and meeting with my mostly homeschool mom friends weekly with our matching blue dolphin ukes. We went to Uke Festivals and workshops. I was so excited I wrote a song and created a photo series I call Dr. Uke says…to show what songs I was working on and how I was feeling.

The group evolved.

I started working on other projects and my mom’s illness progressed.

The season and my learning journey shifted.   

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What’s the Secret to Supporting Self-Directed Learners?

If you’re a parent who wasn’t homeschooled, you probably find yourself wondering, “How can I help my child be a self-directed learner when that’s not how I learned?”    Maybe you’re a parent who doesn’t want to homeschool, but you want to support your child’s learning and encourage them to enjoy lifelong learning. Here’s what … Read more What’s the Secret to Supporting Self-Directed Learners?

Focus and Questions for 2017:What is Your One Thing?

Resolutions, and goals, and habits, oh my! The new year is a fresh slate, which like a blank piece of paper, can be overwhelming or inspiring, or both. Are you grateful for having choices but confused about which choices to make?   Me, too. Over the holidays I read a book called The ONE Thing: The … Read more Focus and Questions for 2017:What is Your One Thing?

Are You Growing or Killing Creativity?

It’s been ten years since Sir ken Robinson gave his inciting Ted Talk, Do Schools Kill Creativity? Since then his books and talks continue to challenge us to transform education— to value varied talents, build creativity, and help people find their element.

Here are some questions and recommendations with quotes from his book Out of Our Minds, Learning to be Creative

“It is often said that education and training are the keys to the future. They are, but a key can be turned in two directions. Turn it one way and you lock resources away, even from those they belong to. Turn it the other way and you release resources and give people back to themselves. To realize our true creative potential—in our organizations, in our schools and in our communities—we need to think differently about ourselves and to act differently towards each other. We must learn to be creative.”  —Sir Ken Robinson

 

How do we support creativity in our kids ? 

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