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This morning I had a revelation. For years I’ve been blaming student apathy, burnout and anxiety on the various components of the educational system which I had previously labelled ‘broken’. Testing, competition, class rankings, lacklustre teaching, pointless busy-work, politician-designed curriculum… the list goes on. But this morning, whilst listening to Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power ofContinue reading ““The Power of Now” in Education”
First of all, I think we can all stop calling it ‘home schooling’ now. Most home educators don’t relate and pretty much every parent I know has finally reliased that teachers are the unsung heroes, that they all deserve a pay rise, that they’ve forgotten pretty much everything they learned in school and that whatContinue reading “Encouraging Meaningful Engagement in Home Learners”
Motivation is a funny thing. Sometimes we feel like we’re filled with inspiration and an awareness of the things we need to do to get to where we want to go. Sometimes we just want to sit in our pjs and watch television. Some people are highly motivated by work, money and career success, theyContinue reading “Intrinsic Motivation”
This is a concept that will not sit well with a lot of people who are used to the traditional system of getting good grades, landing that perfect job or finally getting to marry the woman of their dreams. Our society is so heavily entrenched both in setting our sights on and reaching goals thatContinue reading “Process Over Product”
In the 1960s, ‘parenting’ gained traction as a distinct concept rather than just a way to describe our progenitors. At that time various ‘styles’ of parenting were theorised including: authoritarian, permissive and authoritative. Though in the 80s we had ‘neglectful’ added to that list, it’s not until fairly recently that a fifth option has begunContinue reading “Autonomy”
(or for those of you who need a jazzier title:) How to encourage your kids to sort out their own junk so that you can drink your coffee in peace Nothing is filling my every waking thought like quite like problem solving is these days. Everywhere I look I’m seeing opportunities to encourage problem solving,Continue reading “How to Develop a Forest School Mindset at Home: Problem Solving (pt2)”
What are all of these words typed in close succession? I hear you ask. I get it. You’ve never heard of ground ivy and you’ve never heard of vedgeree, so how on earth can I reasonably expect you to eat either one of them. Let me start with the least contentious of the two: vedgereeContinue reading “Ground Ivy Vedgeree”
‘What’s a nettle?’ I hear half of you all ask. And that is fine, because if you live on the west side of the pond, you won’t have spent your entire childhood being haunted by the dastardly things. Whilst those of us on the east side can’t even conceive it would be possible to notContinue reading “Nettle & Noodle Miso Soup”
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