Author - Philip Mott

The Three Beliefs

The Three Beliefs The cornerstone of creating a need-satisfying learning environment is addressing assumptions and beliefs about the nature of behavior and of compulsion...

The Coffeeshop

I walk into the shop and see bustling activity and interaction. I approach the counter to order my coffee. “Your coffee is free but please make sure that...

The Workshop

A workshop is a space where work is being done. There are tools and colleagues, projects and ideas, duties and responsibilities. There may be a bin of rejected materials...

The Gardener

I once had an idea for a garden. I would go and buy the rarest and expensive flowers for my garden. I would pull these flowers from ecosystems around the world and bring...

The Whole Child

Children are full humans with physical, emotional, and academic needs. These are usually referred to as the needs of the whole child. Educators use this phrase to imply...

Family Afternoon

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...

No Small Perseverance

I joined my 20-month-old in her playspace to find her playing with a plastic fence. She had an idea what she wanted to do with it. She was trying to set it up. The fence...

The Whole Child

What Does it Mean to Educate the Whole Child? What are the needs of my child? I can sum them up in William Glasser’s 5 words: survival, love, power, freedom, and...

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My Family

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