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Podcast 29 – Integration Of and Within Subjects Using Play Plans

This week we’ve been exploring the why and how of applying the principle of integrate rather than segregate into a child’s education. Well, learning concepts, knowledge, and skills, regardless of the subject area, should be integrated (as much as is possible), real, and meaningful. This means loosely organizing learning by big, central ideas and guiding […]

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Podcast 28 – Pebble Plus Plant Parts Series and Agclassroom Webquests

Today, I further the discussion of the permaculture principle of integrate rather than segregate which was the thrust of the last two podcasts. In this show, I share two resources, the Pebble Plus Plant Parts series and Agclassroom webquests, and how to potentially utilize and integrate them into the learning process. These resources would be […]

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Podcast 27 – Integration with the Three Sisters

Education, just as in the nature or our backyard garden, is a complex ecosystem of living and nonliving elements that can, if given the opportunity, come together, integrate with one another creating interdependent relationships, and enrich the entire ecosystem. Focusing exclusively on differences segregates (think monocropped farm fields for miles and miles), but understanding, valuing, […]

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Podcast 26 – Creating Learning Guilds

In this show, I cover: What is a guild? Three sisters Overview of the 8 forms of capital IES = learning guild Integrate rather than segregate Using edges to stimulate learning guilds Call to action: What are the learning guilds for your child? Get Together song by Formidable Vegetable   References and Additional Resources: Three […]

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Podcast 25 – Empower with Intellectual Capital

  In this show, I cover: Overview of the 8 forms of capital How intellectual capital is most often viewed What intellectual capital really means for education, educators, and children Value of intellectual capital Who really “owns” intellectual capital today Moving from an education system to interrelated, collaborative systems   References and Additional Resources: 8 […]

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Podcast 24 – Essential Agreements

In order to become fully-realized, responsible people, children (and all of us) need to be able to envision who they want to become, understand what they value, and feel empowered to take action to achieve this. Then and only then can this statement start to move from “what I want to become” to “what we […]

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Podcast 23 – Weeds and Wild Cards

I would add… whose virtues have not been valued. So, do you want to render a guess about what is in the picture? Hint: It’s a plant (Duh, this might not help much!) Hint: Most see it as a weed (umm,probably still not much help)… as defined by Google, “a wild plant growing where it […]

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Podcast 22 – Self-Regulation and Focus

Self-regulation and focus are important life skills and although children benefit from acquiring knowledge, skills like self-control impact all areas of development and learning.   Lesson Title: Self-Regulation and Focus PERMIE KIDs framework: Characteristics: Mindful, Resilient, and Driven Ethics and Principles: Learning to control or self-regulate and focus are important for learning, development, care of people […]

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Podcast 21 – Behavior “Management” – Learn to Work With Children and Empower

  In this show, I cover: Zombies Seven essential life skills – focus and self-control Concerns over behavior issues… behavior issues affect learning Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) – Zombie factory workers Unconditional behavior “management” – working with, not doing to your child Daffodils and Diesels   References and Additional Resources: Scientific American Mind Magazine Scientific […]

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Podcast 20 – Passion-Based Learning via Video Games

In this show, I cover: 4 ways to inspire your inner creator Passion-based learning and video games Specific games to consider – some available now and others under development Using technology as a learning tool   References and Additional Resources: Scientific American Mind, January-February 2014 edition: How to Be a Better Artist Scientific American, February […]

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