3rd Grade Daze
Have you taken a moment to observe children under the age of five recently? What do you notice? I had the privilege of meeting with a family via Zoom last week. They were showing me their chickens and newly built chicken coops. I observed their 4-year-old inside one of the coops with his baby chicks. His […]
Why is agency so important?
People often ask, why is agency so important in authentic learning? In traditional school environments, we hear learners lament that “this is too hard, just tell me what to do,” and challenging learning is frequently avoided. However, learning can be joyful even when a struggle is involved when the learner chooses the challenge. Looking at […]
What type of environment supports learners to be conscious, self confident and resourceful?
Over the past few decades in the study of neuroscience and neurobiology, we’ve begun to learn more about the components of learning, and one of the foundational elements is safety. Learners need to feel safe in the learning environment—physically and emotionally. Only then can they take on challenges. When learners are free to follow […]