The Four Steps to Amazing and Powerful Learning Experiences
Have you thought about the effectiveness of our current
Some people have. Here's what they think:
Do you want to help your kid get out of oppressive schools and into the most powerful learning that can be experienced? Here's how you can do it!
Stop trying to make your kid like all the other kids!
You need to allow your children to learn outside the box. You don't get something new by doing the same thing that everyone else is doing. Just think about all the people you see Google Doodles for. None of these people would be featured if they had simply done what everybody else does. Your child can find his genius -- if you let him be himself instead of requiring him to be some sort of standardized or common kid.
Maya Angelou said, “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”
Let your child move!
Our bodies are made to move. Sitting on a computer or in a classroom for hours a day is not natural for anyone, especially children.
Developmental molecular biologist John Medina said,
"When people exercise, executive functions vastly improve. Exercise improves cognition by increasing oxygen flow into the brain. An increase in oxygen is always accompanied by an uptick in mental sharpness. Exercise acts directly on the molecular machinery of the brain itself. It increases neurons’ creation, survival, and resistance to damage and stress."
Let your child follow her curiosities.
Too often children are treated as if their interests and concerns are not valid. They are instead required to take an interest in whatever a teacher is serving up in class, whether it's relevant and interesting or not. Yet the most effective learning is NOT taught. The most effective learning happens when students seek out learning on their own, through their own search for knowledge.
Children crave knowledge. They are naturally curious. Boredom is what happens when children don’t have enough interesting stuff to research, experiment on, or create. Powerful learning environments allow kids to ask questions and to seek answers through research, exploration, experimentation, and reflection.
Let your child learn through adventure.
Instead of having your child learn through the same curriculum as all the other kids, you facilitate adventures to inspire him to ask questions, do research, and create. Let's compare.
Static: Students do not get to choose the outcome.
Uncreative: Students do not get to express themselves.
Set outcome: Students merely “keep up.”
Boring: Students don't enjoy the process.
Busywork: Students do work just for the sake of doing work.
Exciting: children look forward to each adventure.
Creative: open-ended work has room for expanded learning and creativity.
Inspiring: children are inspired to want to know more.
Flexible: students can skip stuff they already know and instead spend time doing work that can take them to the next level as soon as they are ready.
Impressive: Instead of a bunch of throw-away papers, students can create projects that they will want to show off.
Memorable: Children remember these things longer.
Powerful: Students get to increase their skills beyond the “common” expectations.
Children in authentic learning environments tend to move more, read more, write more, experiment more, solve more, create more, and still want more! Your kid will surprise you!
Unfortunately, it's not likely that your neighborhood school will allow this kind of flexibility any time soon. But your child wants more now. Families that are ready for authentic learning experiences may find the necessary flexibility through:
You don't need to stuff your kid into the box anymore. There's so much more to life. Your kid WANTS to learn more now!