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Podcast 72 – Reimagine Education from Birth through Post-Secondary

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver I want to share a Permabyte titled The Plan by Scott Mann at The Permaculture Podcast where he talked about not only PERMIE KIDs, but also his ideas and long-term plans to bring permaculture ethics and […]

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Podcast 71 – Lesson Plan Overview: What is Your Calling?

“If you change the question to no longer be something you ask someone else, but instead you change it to something you ask yourself – you’ll no longer be the same person.” – Casey, The Why Café: A Story by John Strelecky, p. 36 Have you found your passion? You reason for being here? Have […]

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Podcast 70 – Lesson Plan: Challenge Me, I Dare You!

“Embrace each challenge in your life as an opportunity for self-transformation.” – Bernie S. Siegel On Monday, I talked about ways to differentiate learning activities to get children of different ages and learning preferences to start to understand and create their own definition of a challenge. Today, I talk about designing a complete lesson plan […]

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Podcast 69 – Observation Journal (Part 2): You as a Learner

“The better you know yourself, the better your relationship with the rest of the world.” – Toni Collette This my second podcast about starting an observation journal as an educator. My interest and perceived need on behalf of the community to do a series on this topic was initially due to a podcast I listened […]

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Podcast 68 – Learning Creative Learning Review (Part 5): Essence of Play

What is learning creative learning? Join me in a journey that I’m taking into a free online MIT course on this very topic. Today, the course focused on the last of the four cornerstones of creative learning per the course – Play. In the show today I cover: What is playful learning? Shouldn’t “tinkering” be […]

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Podcast 67 – Help, How Do I Learn to Become an Educator?

“It is easy to sit up and take notice. What is difficult is getting up and taking action.” – Al Batt, American writer So, you may be feeling like the school or educational program your child is currently in isn’t meeting your child’s needs. You may be seriously contemplating trying an alternative form of education. […]

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Podcast 66 – Lesson Plan: What is a Challenge?

“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” – Bernice Johnson Reagon In our PERMIE KIDs’ unit we have come together to create a central question you’re you and your child can use to help guide inquiry, exploration, learning, and action. It also is a means […]

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Podcast 65 – What Are the Top Challenges Kids Face?

“In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” – Eric Hoffer Our PERMIE KIDs’ first unit central question is: What is a challenge in your life and what can you do to turn that “problem” into a solution? The […]

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Podcast 64 – Surplus Easter Resources: All Those Colored Eggs

“To waken interest and kindle enthusiasm is the sure way to teach easily and successfully.” – Tyron Edwards (1808-1894) Ok, so I would not consider myself or many of my close relatives religious. Despite this, we get Easter cards and gifts from our family – chocolate bunnies, plastic eggs, stuffed animals. We also see the […]

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Podcast 63 – Earth Day Resources and Projects

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” – Native American Proverb Earth Day – Tuesday, April 22, 2014 I understand the idea that holidays like Earth Day provide opportunities to increase awareness about issues, but I have always struggled with idea because it often is used as […]

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