What is Learning?

Learning is "the acquisition of knowledge or skills through experience, study, or by being taught."

So let's check out knowledge acquisition: "facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject."

What my experiences in learning and teaching have offered me is...

What’s in the box?

Was it once alive? Is it made if wood? Yes. It it spherical? No. Does it have six sides? Yes, it's a cube. Does it have dots? Can you count with it? Could it be made of a different material? Glass? Plastic? Is it a wooden die? Yes!

Encouraging intriguing questions is at the heart of everyday life at Sugarwood School.

Creating and answering meaningful...

Why Bi-lingualism

There are only positives for learning multiple languages.

Here is an arrangement of a few benefits from my vantage point.

Learning two or more languages offers people, children in particular, flexible thinking skills and strategies. Knowing there are other humans speaking many different languages around the world opens our minds to a tangible feeling...

Mismatched Values

Is it valuable for our children to be learning to do things for others because it builds relationships and community? YES.

Isn't it be beautiful to hear children asking to help others for the joy of helping others? YES.

High grades, stickers, money and other extrinsic rewards doesn't make us superior, smarter, better. Nor does it make us feel...

Little Leaders

Building autonomy takes practice like everything we master. Teaching others builds our sense of autonomy like nothing else.

Before sharing the teacher role, I innocently went about the day leading everyone as I myself had been mentored.

Once I experienced sharing the leadership role, I quickly saw the necessity for sharing that powerful role. Students...

Adaptability

I am convinced that with optimal conditions, our capacity for learning is limitless.

The brain learns. That is it’s function.

"What" we learn needs careful attention.

We fool ourselves. Our memories are unreliable. Our ability to rationalize and believe in myths continue to impair our reasoning.

Let’s examine some key conditions that will ...

What did you learn today?

Great question but is it huge, too much, too broad?

We all want to know something about what happened while we are apart. We all want to learn more about the thoughts of the people we love. We all want to share our experiences and be heard.

What opening starters might help initiate meaningful conversations after a big day?

Slipping easily into talking...

The Language of Misconceptions

There are beliefs and stories and there are scientific realities and principles.

When we attempt scientific explanations we must take care not to use words that are specifically human:

try, want, love, like.

Stating that a stream of water likes or wants to run downhill creates monumental misconceptions.

Insisting that wind tries to rustle leaves or...

Childhood is for Exploring

Childhood must be a protected time to flourish, to explore, to discover a variety of solutions, to wonder, to investigate, to test and fail without being admonished.

The biological purpose of a long childhood developed as we learned to adapt to a variety of biomes. As nomads humans inevitably encountered lots of unanticipated things. Human Beings'...

Sharing Molly Worthen Words

"Teaching it is not a cheap or efficient process. It does not come from trying to educate the most students at the lowest possible cost or from emphasizing short, quantifiable, standardized assignments at the expense of meandering, creative and difficult investigation.

Producing thoughtful, talented graduates is not a matter of focusing on market-ready...