Book Review: InsightOut by Tina Seelig

Have you ever attended an author talk as part of a book launch? The energy and excitement is palpable as you are experiencing the reality of someone getting their ideas out of their head and into the world. Lucky me, I got to head to Palo Alto a few weeks ago to a Kepler’s Book  speaker … Read moreBook Review: InsightOut by Tina Seelig

Cultivating the Future: Inspiring Communities of Learners

Cultivating the Future: Inspiring Communities of Learners at www.LisaNalbone.com

Teachers* have an opportunity to cultivate the future by inspiring communities of learners. Last week when I read the  Atlantic.com article by Michael Godsey, The Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher When kids can get their lessons from the Internet, what’s left for classroom instructors to do?  I couldn’t respond quickly or coherently enough. I wanted to … Read moreCultivating the Future: Inspiring Communities of Learners

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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Gifts Worth Passing On: Encouragement, Affirmation, Gratitude, Trust

Today I ran into a friend, D, whom I hadn’t seen in many years. Over twenty years ago I was her daughter’s 5th grade teacher. D was the ace volunteer who spent most Fridays in the classroom with us. She attended field trips, helped with paperwork and gave her opinion when I asked for it. … Read moreGifts Worth Passing On: Encouragement, Affirmation, Gratitude, Trust