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.

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Be Radical in Your Learning

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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

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).

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Student Showcase

I wanted to take this week’s post to highlight a student of mine. Her name is Katelynne and she is one of my online piano students. Last week they were to learn about the Grand Staff (basically the staff of piano music; treble and bass clef put together). Being a creative educator, I decided against a lecture and had them research the grand staff themselves. They then were to present the information in any way they felt comfortable and I gave a few suggestions like Powerpoint, a video lecture, narrative while drawing the grand staff, etc.

There is a reason I wanted to highlight Katelynne’s video. It shows an extra dash of creativity and flare that displayed her personality. You could tell she had fun putting it together and I have no doubt she will always remember facts and figures of the grand staff. So without further ado, here is a presentation by Katelynne at NOTEable TV:

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Brain Teaser

RULES

There is no right or wrong way in getting the answer unless it is to look up the answer directly. Otherwise no method of thinking or investigation should inhibit the student of creatively solving the fun problem. Once you get the answer, try to be the first to post your results! Above all have fun with it.

The same five letters, rearranged to make two different words, can fill in the blanks below. Complete the sentences:

” I had to fire that moron,” said the boss. “Our company _ _ _ _ _ somebody a lot less _ _ _ _ _ .”