Reschooling Posts // March 5-11, 2023
March 11, 2023 from Stark Raving Dad
Homeschoolers and unschoolers are often asked how they can be sure of this, and it's probably the question that shakes our confidence more than any other. Today I'm going to show you a path that leads to answering it - even if it's just for your own reassurance - but before we start please keep something in mind: This path involves significant personal work. It is winding, not straight. And it doesn't really have an end. The journey is the destination.
March 11, 2023 from Stories of an Unschooling Family
When we first set out on our homeschooling adventure, we thought we were unschoolers because each day, I stood back and let my kids get on with learning. I thought I’d got unschooling all worked out: I recognised my kids were wired to learn, and I was careful not to interfere with their natural curiosity. So all went well for a while.
March 10, 2023 from Free Range Kids
This fall, just as Keith Kaplan was finishing up his first term as a Teaneck, NJ, Town Councilman, he proposed a Reasonable Childhood Independence bill. It states that when parents allow kids to perform age-old independent activities, like walking or playing outside, they are not guilty of “neglect” unless the kids are in obvious, serious and likely danger.
March 10, 2023 from The Unschool Files
In episode 37, meghan speaks with Sari González and Becka Koritz on how they are supporting facilitators, parents and families in Puerto Escondido (and beyond) through their coaching, trainings and pop-up immersions for worldschooling and traveling unschoolers. they cover their approach to conflict resolution and you’ll learn a little about how Explora began, ways it has had to embrace the agile model and ways they aligned their radical learning with what Sari and Becka are offering now! (including a big announcement at the end).
March 10, 2023 from Rethinking Self-Directed Education
We talk with Anthony Galloway about “requiring” social Justice work in an SDE center, what that actually looks like in practice, how to start to integrate this work into your own SDE center, and being willing to mess up.
March 9, 2023 from Let ‘em Go Barefoot
I was a psychology major in college. Then, I went on to get a master’s in education specializing in learning disabilities. I was preparing myself for a career in the public domain and looked forward to working with children who were struggling in school. (You can read more of what inspired me to go into education here.) Through my courses and studies, I learned multiple strategies for teaching children academic skills in the classroom setting.
March 8, 2023 from Honey! I’m Homeschooling the Kids
Has anyone ever said to you that this whole idea of Unschooling does not end well? That kids will never be self directed? That there is no evidence that self directed learning actually works? Have they listened to my podcast? Have the heard the interviews I and countless others have shared? Well, here is more to add to the list. This is part of a series I am exploring on grown homeschoolers and Self Directed Teens.
March 9, 2023 from Stark Raving Dad
Can we talk about parents not being qualified to teach their children? Being a trained teacher involves a lot of things. It’s a skilled profession that takes study, and preparation, and ends with a hard earned qualification. But it’s important to understand that a good deal of that training relates to skills that apply specifically to a school setting.
March 8, 2023 from Radical Learning Talks
Do you ever wonder what it's like to build trust with kids, or intentional culture, or what the role of the facilitator is in breaking habits to fully support ourselves and young people to thrive? In this episode we are joined by Anthony Galloway, a professional facilitator and self-directed education practitioner with over 10 years of experience in building intentional culture, community and collaboratively supporting young people in various learning spaces.
March 8, 2023 from Stark Raving Dad
I have a short but incredibly empowering tidbit for you today: If you look at most current definitions of the word ‘educate’, they will talk about the act or process of imparting knowledge or skill. They will focus on systematic instruction, teaching, and schooling.
March 8, 2023 from Raising Lifelong Learners
One of my favorite tips to share with homeschooling families and families of differently-wired kiddos is the importance of parenting in the moment – being fully present with our kiddos…even if you’re a mom who’s juggling all the plates and has laundry spilling over in the living room!
March 7, 2023 from Stories of an Unschooling Family
Yesterday we did lots of complaining because it felt like a very hot day. We were glad when evening arrived, and the sun went down. Hoping for a cool breeze, we ate ice cream and swapped hot stories. Here’s mine:
March 6, 2023 from Different By Design Learning
One of the questions I am most asked when sharing the details of our interest-led learning plans is if I am sure that I am covering everything in our homeschool. In this post, I provide my answer, an explanation, and examples of what we cover to ensure that my son is progressing in his education.
March 6, 2023 from Think Again
‘If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original’ - Sir Ken Robinson. This came up in my feed yesterday, and it resonated. For I am afraid of being wrong, and so are most of the children I meet. Not just afraid, terrified. I wake at night, worried I’ve written or said something which is ‘wrong’ and that a master teacher will come along with a giant red pen and cross it out. ‘Try harder’ they’ll write, or even ’Not good enough. Do it again’.
March 6, 2023 from Consent-Based Everything
Fran chats to Dr. Sophia Graham about all things Self-consent: what it is, why it matters and how do we even do it? We talk about all the various aspects of being in a consent-based relationship with ourselves, including interoception (what on earth is that? find out here!), sociocratic decision-making, healthy self-trust and healthy self-doubt, and so much more!
March 6, 2023 from Stark Raving Dad
Sunday, 10am, a week before Christmas 2022. I’ve just pulled our car and caravan onto a narrow strip of gravel near the highest point of Arthur’s Pass. Arguably the most stunning of three alpine passes that traverse the Southern Alps on the South Island of New Zealand, and - at over 3,000 feet above sea level - categorically the one that makes you climb the highest.