Throughout my life there were moments I felt like walking away from whatever big mountain I was facing. This was true when I was a middle school teacher. This was true when I was an elementary school teacher. Definitely true when I was a doctoral student. An adjunct instructor. An educational consultant. And even now… Continue reading I Sometimes Feel Like Quitting
The past school year had its fair share of bumps (unprecedented global pandemic notwithstanding), but we ultimately found some homeschool approaches and programs that worked really well for us. Stay tuned for more blog posts that thoroughly unpack the problem areas and how we pivoted to address those problems. In the meantime, I was thrilled… Continue reading Year 3 – Here We Go!
Six weeks ago we completed our first homeschooling year. Recently, we’ve hit some significant bumps. I tried unsuccessfully to address those bumps within our current set-up, to no avail. If the compost pile is stinky, find out what’s missing and add it, or find out what’s not working and stop putting it in the pile. … Continue reading Year 2 Homeschooling Plans: Goals versus Needs, Unschooling, and a Sabbath Rhythm
It’s been months since I posted. That’s typical for me as blogging is a side hobby that is low on my list of “needs-to-get-done-immediately.” I did, however, want to give an end-of-year update about what I was able to study before we began, what we’ve tried and how we got to a routine that worked… Continue reading Update: Homeschooling Year 1
Oh how excited I am when I think of this coming “school” year with my kids! I’ve been reading, searching online, sketching out plans on scraps of paper, and purchasing a few things. At this point I can share what I’ve been reading in preparation as well as a very few “mostly certain” selections for… Continue reading Checking In
One of the things I’ve observed about homeschool families is that the process of choosing a curriculum tends to be boiled down to finding curriculum packages or programs. I understand why this approach would be helpful in the process of making what is an unquestionably overwhelming decision. This approach is also not unique to the… Continue reading If the Sky is the Limit, How Will I Prepare?
I recently attended a homeschool convention and I went with an open mind. With a 17 year career in education, I have developed some strong ideas about all topics related to education. One of the things experienced homeschooling mamas have stressed to me is that I should not apply what I’ve been conditioned to believe… Continue reading Reflections on a Homeschool Convention
I’ve let this space lapse, even as I’ve continued to add to my list of things I’d love to share and discuss. I still have plans for developing content and tools to support teachers. And I have new plans too, plans that spring from the new adventures on my horizon. In the almost three years… Continue reading Radio Silence
One of my favorite books of all times, Carol Dweck’s Mindset has changed my thinking in fundamental ways. If you’re going to read anything before the start of your school year (either as teachers or parents), read this one! Synopsis At first glance, Dweck’s Mindset appears to be a pop-culture self-help book. Don’t be fooled. … Continue reading Book Review: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck
One of the richest sources of potential growth as educators can come from our mistakes, struggles, regrets, less-than-satisfactory performance, and failures. According to Carol Dweck hard work can lead to success and failures and setbacks are opportunities for learning and growth. From the Compost Pile posts chronicle some of these growth potentials from my own… Continue reading From the Compost Pile: Grading & Progress Reporting