Ch Ch Ch Changes…

I have been away from the blogosphere for a while (does that terminology still exist?). I have shut down a failed website on music education, redecorated my office for better aesthetics and functionality, and starting new projects for myself and my family that I am really excited about.

However, I am not going into that today. I want to share with you something that I read recently. I think this article may change the way I homeschool forever because so far the implementation of ideas I gleaned from this article has worked extremely well.

Continue reading

Advertisements

Creative Genius Monday – Develop Your Character

I almost didn’t get this posted! I have  some cool ideas I wanted to implement at the beginning of the new year but disease has hit our household. I have been out since Christmas! Hope all is well with all of you. In this post, we have another creative prompt. I also review the last prompt about paperclips.  So here goes:

Use Your Creative Genius and Pick Your Character

Develop a character profile/narrative (Back story, environment, abilities, etc) based on one of these character names:

  • Jugglesthorn
  • Grimmfoot
  • Walbox

character narrative

Be inspired by these names, close your eyes, picture your character and begin to write. This is truly a creative writing prompt. This is a great exercise for students and adults alike to get the creative juices flowing around in the brain. Continue reading

Be Radical in Your Learning

ff_mexicanschool2_large

 

Meet Sergio and Paloma. Sergio is a teacher in northern Mexico right up against the border. Paloma joined his class when he decided things needed to change and apparently the students of his class became amazing thinkers and learners after his changes. But what did he do?

I received a Facebook notification from my mom-in-law alerting me to an article in which the headline reads: How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses

So without hesitation I opened my browser and read the contents. Even though the writer proposes that he has discovered a trend in education that is radical and may make you a genius, it seems that education, research, psychology, and technology are finally catching up to a form of unschooling.  Sergio didn’t completely convert to the unschooling school of thinking (is that sacrilege?) but used a lot of principles of allowing kids natural curiosity and motivation to guide their learning.

I like divergent methods of education. This article describes several places in the world where self-taught, self-motivated, and self-structured education is occurring and the amazing results. Some of it is unschooling with a high degree of technology involved (internet). However, this method is not limited to technology because it is being implemented in some of the poorest communities in the world with great success.

Now I will admit, I am not completely comfortable with unschooling because I think kids are like electricity or water: they will follow the path of least resistance. Therefore, if they don’t have to study it or if it is too hard, they will forget it. So I think some structure is good but perhaps structuring learning with greater input from the learner will have greater affect on their learning. The article then continues to talk about major players around the world using and testing this method of education.

I took two things away from the article:

1. Freedom and creativity at a young age inspires and leads to genius thinking (read the story of Einstein and Google execs in the article)

2. Greater learning occurs when the learner has the most control.

I learned a method to implement #2 which I will talk about in my next post

 

What do you think of the article?

How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses

Secret Traveler Destination #2

For Your Eyes Only:

Dear Agent~

Hopefully you’ve had a few days rest because we are going to ask a lot from you. Your current car won’t cut it where we are sending you. Ditch it and get yourself an off-road vehicle or you can keep your car and take 37 most of the way to your destination. Either way, you are eventually going to go on rough roads.

Destination #2-1 Continue reading

Secret Traveler #2 Dosier and Travel Visa

COVERT COMMUNIQUE FROM HQ: 

We had to send your next destination  more encrypted than the last because we believe you are being followed. So please watch your back. You are about to leave a beautiful area and get on a cruise ship headed for Hawaii. There you will head one of two directions (E or W) to a port. When you get to the port, you can rent a car from here: Continue reading

This is an unusual brain post…

go to creativedadathome.wordpress.com

Eeeeeeeek!

Good morning. I have gathered all of you here this morning for this brain teaser. Enjoy.

“My quiz for this day is most unusual. As is the paragraph. What is so unusual about it? If you look hard, you should find what is unusual without too much difficulty. Try hard to spot it. How long did you think about it?”

Put answers below. Answer comes later in week. Subscribe if you like having fun.

A Creative and Tasty Way to Teach Colors and Other Things Part 1

CupcakesMy wife and I like to bake. I am more breads, pizza doughs, souffles and cookies. She is all about cake: 3 tiered cakes, cake pops, cupcakes (Cupcake Wars is a favorite show of hers), and muffins which is our justification for eating cake for breakfast. Not too long ago, she was making some form of cake for an event. Our daughter is learning her colors. I put the two together to come up with an amazing lesson. Not just for colors but for physics, chemistry, math, and the culinary arts.

Here is what I came up with:

Continue reading

Exercise Your Brain with this Teaser

Go to creativedadathome.wordpress.com

 

Good morning! This is your Monday morning brain teaser to get your creative juices flowing. Please feel free to get a cup of coffee first.

Which set of numbers would most logically come next in the following sequence?

10 1 9 2 8 3 7 4 6 5 5 6 4 7 3 8 2

a) 9 1    b) 9 3    c) 8 5   d) 6 7

 

Answers later in the week. Please subscribe! I would love to have you aboard!