What is Your Mission?

What is your mission? What are your values?

This Christmas break, I decided to get a lot of books from the library (creative, education, psychology, etc). One of those books pressed upon me the necessity of defining your values personally. I’ve never really thought of spending much time thinking about my core values. However, I am excited with what I am learning.

Continue reading

Are You Out of Your Mind? I Hope So But if Not…

Out of Our Minds Book at Amazon.com

by Sir Ken Robinson – author and TED speaker

Well, what can I say? Publishers sure know what they are doing. You know how publishers sometimes add quotes on the front cover from people who are recommending a book? Well, that usually doesn’t work on me but I have to admit that I fell for it this time. I went to the library a few weeks ago looking for books on creativity. “How to”s, philosophies, education, etc and found this book by Sir Ken Robinson in the computer. There was a small, one word quote on the cover in theĀ  picture of the computer that I couldn’t quite make out. I got the call number and went to the correct isle and found the book. On the front cover, I found the quote of “Brilliant” by none other than John Cleese. Now when John Cleese is recommending a book on creativity and education reform, I thought, “this is probably going to be worth my time”.

Continue reading

What Are Your Child’s Strengths? Find Out Here:

https://i0.wp.com/a1.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/45/bfcdbc450fde203898e58e4866d977fc/l.jpgIf you home school, you have a unique opportunity to take advantage of the kindling movement in education called the “strength’s movement”. I say kindling, because with anything in public education in America, movements like this are slow (except, seemingly the movement of Common Core…which is another post for a later day) . Everyone is weary of trying a new way of thinking because the old way seems to be working fine (see Common Core…yes, I have an ax to grind there).

Continue reading

End Your Frustration: Why Your Kid Can’t Seem To Learn Anything

As an educator, I am required to have a certain amount of hours of continuing education each year in order to keep my credentials. I am no longer teaching in public schools so I don’t have that requirement. However, I decided that I need to challenge some of my thinking, conceptions, and prejudices so I thought I would require a certain amount of continuing education of myself. I decided to check our local public library for books on creativity and education. While my family was in the children’s section searching for Fancy Nancy and other titles, I went to the adult non-fiction section and found a computer.

While searching for books on creativity and education, I came across a title that struck me as worth reading and, by Jove, was it worth it! The title was so intriguing that I couldn’t help but say to myself “I have had students like that”. Then it struck me: “There might be homeschooling parents who have a kid like this and are at their wit’s end and can no longer teach them.” So I thought I would share this book with you and what I gleaned from its pages. The book is called The Shut-Down Learner:Helping Your Academically Discouraged Child.

Continue reading