Podcast 241 – Patterns to Details: Look Back to Look Ahead

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.

Henry David Thoreau

In the PERMIE KIDs Podcast today, I talk about what is planned for PERMIE KIDs in 2015 and what has yet to be decided… with your input! We seek to cultivate young solutions-based thinkers, but for us to be problem solvers ourselves we need to start asking questions about what the most pressing problems really are.

I have a few ideas and goals that relate to igniting a broader community conversation about the role that the design science principles can take in shifting the idea of looking to others to solve the problems in our educational system to taking responsibility ourselves through the type of learner-designed experiential education we talk about here in this community. I also hear from individuals via email and phone, but I don’t want to use just those data points as my basis to design from patterns down to details for this coming year. I want to hear from the community at large.

Please let me know how I and our community can best help you. Everyone is welcome to complete the survey below to share your opinion anonymously. If you are a member, you will see a few additional questions about how we can further the exclusive members only areas. If you have been thinking about joining our community, there is no time like the present. It’s a new year and we’d love to join us in writing this next chapter of our journey. Also, this survey listed under Member-Account-Surveys in your profile account area. It will remain open until the end of the day on Friday (EST).

In the show next Monday I’ll share the results and let you know specific details about how I personally and the community as a whole will work to best meet your needs this coming year.

In this show I cover:

  • Look back at 2014
  • Where we have come as a community
  • Where we want to focus in 2015

Take the Survey: Help Set Our Community Goals for 2015

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Edge Alliance Opportunities

Saturday, January 10, 2015 from 12:00-1:00 pm (EST): Kelly Hogan from the Institute of Permaculture Education for Children (IPEC) joins us again! This time she will talk about some exciting changes for IPEC and some amazing educational opportunities for those who want to learn more about how to integrate traditional permaculture learning into the lives of young children and adolescents.

Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 7:00-8:00 pm (EST): Come join a discussion about personal New Year’s resolutions to become more active participants in our grassroots efforts to better care for ourselves, others, and the earth. Share what has happened or make a new commitment and envision a path about what will happen as the year unfolds. The individual, each individual is a powerful source of energy. By sharing ideas and experiences, we can turn that inert energy into kinetic energy through our individual actions in our individual families and communities that can ripple outward. Our individual energy can be renewed through the ideas and experiences of others, so come share and collaborate. Let’s inspire and empower one another. In addition, let’s talk about what sort of resolutions and goals the PERMIE KIDs community can strive to accomplish this coming year. How can the community support each individual and in return how can we each do our individual part to support it?

Sunday, February 15, 2015 from 1:00-2:00 pm (EST): I’ll log in as my kids in the K-12 Online Educational Program and show you how it works. I’ll also give you a sneak peek behind the scenes to show you how I customized the learning differently for each of my children. Learn how to integrate hands-on, minds-on experiential education with online learning resources effectively. In this sneak peek you will see how this program can be set up for different learners and tailored to your child’s interests.

Yes, I want to register for one or more of these Edge Alliances!

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Get 1:1 Help with Your Educational Questions

I care about you and I want to help meet you wherever you on this journey as an educator and lend a hand, shoulder, or just a listening ear. Please, don’t hesitate to reach out.



Thanks Robert Couse-Baker for the featured image (CC-BY)


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