What is a Learning Experience?

What is a Learning Experience?

The following are the seven main actions I observed as children were engaged in the learning experience. This is a unique journey for each child and is not as programmed and standardized as we may be led to believe.

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Lifelong Lessons in Learner Centered Education

Lifelong Lessons in Learner Centered Education

Here are the concepts that I have continually practiced during my career with school age children. These practices have worked wonderfully, supported the children, their education, the parents, and the entire learning community.

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Group Sculpture

Group Sculpture

We were invited to participate in a group sculpture challenge. What happened when we proposed this idea to the children? What were the challenges of engaging in this type of work? What did we learn by observing the collaboration between children and educators?

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Maker Spaces

Maker Spaces

The ethos of the maker movement aligns well with constructivist practices. Children in maker spaces are invited to create something from the available materials and to experiment, construct, and iterate, as the work becomes the vehicle for learning.

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Freeze Dance

Freeze Dance

Lately, the children have been playing a game that has been around since I was a child and has stood the test of time. A simple game that brings the children together each afternoon to enjoy each other’s company and play for the joy that it brings to life. 

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The Benefits of Free Play

The Benefits of Free Play

What are the benefits of free play? How often do children participate in free play versus organized activities? I discovered an interesting article and study and wanted to share a few thoughts in hope of creating more understanding.

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The Purpose of Education

The Purpose of Education

I wonder if we have reached a point where the factory model of education needs some updating? Is it possible for education to transform into something that encourages children to learn how to learn, so they can explore different interests over a lifetime?

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Thrilled to Learn

Thrilled to Learn

Joyful play in children is about engagement. It starts with the children’s interest in a material or an idea. This is a process where children, alone and in collaboration, engage with their interest and take a deep dive into the process of finding answers.

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The Lego Community

The Lego Community

When the children are choosing work and have time to be mindful in their creative process, a collaborative effort blossoms. The collaboration begins with a discussion then turns to action as the ideas expressed are attempted and refined.

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The Apple Bed

The Apple Bed

Part of my practice as an educator is moving throughout the learning space and engaging in conversation with different children. During these interactions, I am looking for an opportunity to observe a child or a group of children, as they work on an exploration that invites further investigation.

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Salt Dough Animals

Salt Dough Animals

Slime is still trending, so I wanted to continue the exploration of slime and different gooey tactile materials with the children. This week I decided to try a classic recipe and make salt dough

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Tissue Paper Prints

Tissue Paper Prints

This is the gift children can give all of us, no one cared what another child’s technique looked like, they were just happy to be together laughing, talking, and experimenting with two kinds of paper and water.

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Electronics Day

Electronics Day

Technology can be wonderful. The potential of computers and online learning to expand our knowledge is amazing. In our field, schools exist that frequently utilize computers and other technology in meaningful work.

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