Our Homes Are Different

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Do you have to have a book nook? SHOULD you have a book nook? Come on. No. That’s crazy. We’re so weird. — Jack Schneider (@Edu_Historian) January 17, 2018 I’ve followed Jack’s Twitter @edu_historian for a while now and this one really caught my attention. This articulates the privilege I feel as a white man, […]

Places People Belong

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I reconnected with an instructor from college and found out what she’s been up to. I told her that she was one of the first to expose me to Constructivism, the learning framework I feel most closely represents the truth about how children learn. She’s currently working as a teacher in a hospital for students […]

Family Afternoon

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Five hours. Six kids. A hatchet. A fire. Zero drama. My family discovered self-directed learning at the end of summer 2016. We’ve been reflecting on the ideas and putting them into practice regularly with our own children with a lot of amazing adventures so far. And when I say “amazing” this is what I mean: […]

The Whole Child

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What are the needs of my child? I can sum them up in William Glasser’s 5 words: survival, love, power, freedom, and fun. Here’s the tricky part though; each individual not only needs different amounts of these things but different ideas, people, and places actually meet each need. Reading nonfiction articles and books about education […]

About Me

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 I’m a married father of two young children, currently 2 and 4 years old. I like playing music, video games, watching movies occasionally, talking with friends, and debating education and politics. I come from a few different places when it comes to education and politics and that’s what I’d like to tell you more about […]

The Student

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My son wanted to draw with me this morning. I wasn’t really in the mood to draw. But he had gotten out a pencil and some pink construction paper for me so I decided I would write a story. This is what I came up with. The Student The prison guard walked into the art […]

What are the Basics?

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Regardless of your political leanings you probably have a relationship with the phrase, “Back to the Basics,” and to some extent that relationship may be positive, as long as people are talking about the basics that you want to get back to. We use this phrase to signal to the listener that We use this […]