I love math, but my kiddo hates math!

 I love math, but my kiddo doesn’t. You are not alone.   Of course, when we love math, we want others to share our enthusiasm with others, especially our children. Though sharing enthusiasm is often an excellent way to spark curiosity, when a kiddo doesn’t like a topic, this can backfire. Often when math is easy […]

I Don’t Like Math and My Kiddo Loves It

I don’t like math and my kiddo loves it. The quick and dirty answer is “Don’t rain on their parade”. It is really important to get curious and excited for them their and not to share your dislike or horror stories of bad experiences with your learner. It can be helpful to re-frame our thinking […]

I Love Math and My Kiddo Loves Math

I love Math, and my kiddo loves math  If you love math, you probably see patterns right away, and conventional ways might have worked well for you. Or, at the very least, you could get through the math drills and worksheets quickly enough to have time to do what you wanted to do. Your kiddo […]

What is Your Lens on Math?

What is Your Lens on Math? Often our lens on a subject or skill has more impact on our child’s learning than we think. One I hear most often from parents is math. Since math experiences exist on a continuum, from loving to hating math, getting the right match between learner and resources includes your […]

What are your Favorite Math Resources?

Parents often ask me: “What are your favorite math resources? And, I usually say it depends on the kiddo.   Usually I ask myself questions like these: What are my learner’s strengths? How does she like to learn? Does she like to:  – Follow sequences – Watch someone do something and then imitate   – Listen to […]

AERO Reflection

Meeting new people and reconnecting with old friends and colleagues is one of my favorite things about AERO. This year I was able to reconnect with one of my favorite role models, Dr. Fluerette Sweeney.  Fleurette began her career as an educator in 1950, and she is still going strong.  She started as a music teacher and […]

Strengths or Weaknesses: What Do You Focus On?

Many of us know how important it is to work with our strengths; however, putting this idea into practice flies in the face of how our brains are wired. Unfortunately, our negativity bias often overrides this and we revert to thinking if we could only improve a weaker area for ourselves and our learners. then […]

Student Agency

It was so much fun to co-facilitate the AERO workshop: “Student Agency:  Empowering Kids to Follow Their Own Learning Journey” with Jill Keltner and Teresa Draguicevich. I appreciated the opportunity to work with these two talented educators on this topic, which is near and dear to my heart. Jill introduced me to this concept last […]

A Favorite Keynote Speaker

One of my favorite keynotes this year at AERO was Blake Boles’ on “Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going.” I appreciated his review of the history of alternative education, which includes homeschool and unschooling. He discussed the challenges which small programs and organizations face, including differentiating themselves and then also working with each other […]

AERO Conference Reflection

As usual, the 2019 AERO conference was a wonderful mixture of reconnecting with old friends, meeting new people, honoring the pioneers in the alternative education movement along with a flurry of conversations about the many possibilities of what learner-centered learning can look like in our rapidly changing world.  The Theme this year was: Where We’ve […]