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Podcast 312 – Patterns in Learning

Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.

Richard P. Feynman

mark_vector_1400x1400In addition to a fun new way to think about a typical autumn activity – rubbings – today’s podcast begins with a hint at a special The Possibility Green Friday offer from PERMIE KIDs.

Also, I want to let you know about a great project that is underway by Scott Mann from The Permaculture Podcast and Ethan Hughes. Together they are going to collaborate to write a book that is tentatively titled The Possibility Handbook. The goal of the project will be to create a book that focuses on how to live intentionally, and includes information about the on the ground reality of living with the deep intent as he has chosen as a way of life; the philosophical and spiritual underpinnings of his work, The Possibility Alliance, and how that can build community; and communicating in order to resolve conflict.

In the PERMIE KIDs Podcast today I share some thoughts from the latest in a monthly Learning Landscapes column. In this case we are thinking about the patterns in learning. Planning the learning landscape from details and hoping they will form interesting patterns is like choosing “fun” activities for each subject area and then stringing them together through separate periods of time in the day in hopes that children will see the connections among and between each activity.

The story of education must become more than a journey that champions individual, independent pursuit for academic achievement. Education also, and some might argue more importantly, provides an opportunity for a deeper understanding and connection to people and the world around us. It is our greatest resource for nourishing life.

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In this show we cover:

    • Green Friday PERMIE KIDs special offer
    • The Possibility Handbook
    • Autumn Activity that is Not Your Typical Rubbing (Creative Alternatives to Nature Journaling)
    • Patterns in Learning

References and Additional Resources

The Possibility Green Friday offer
The Possibility Handbook
Learning Landscapes
Thanks Ian Sane for the featured image (CC-BY 2.0)

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