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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Book Review: Switch by Chip and Dan Heath

Don’t we all have a hard time with change? Have you ever wondered why? I read this book several years ago right when it came out. I was flying home from the east coast without anything to read.  When I walked into the airport bookstore the Switch just released display caught my eye and it … Read more Book Review: Switch by Chip and Dan Heath

Review:Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners

Book Review of Project Based Homeschooling, quote from book, at www.lisanalbone.com

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

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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