Killer Whales and Kids

With the holidays in full swing (yes, even now in January we continue to celebrate several things), and my house full of family, food, and fun, there isn’t much time to write. But I happened upon this article again while “cleaning out” my phone today:  A Thousand Rivers by Carol Black.

It is something I will be thinking about as we enter the new year, especially with my daughter showing signs of reading and math readiness.  And if you are an educator, a parent, a student, a homeschooling parent/student, or a human being in general, I urge you read this excerpt:

“Any wildlife biologist knows that an animal in a zoo will not develop normally if the environment is incompatible with the evolved social needs of its species. But we no longer know this about ourselves. We have radically altered our own evolved species behavior by segregating children artificially in same-age peer groups instead of mixed-age communities, by compelling them to be indoors and sedentary for most of the day, by asking them to learn from text-based artificial materials instead of contextualized real-world activities, by dictating arbitrary timetables for learning rather than following the unfolding of a child’s developmental readiness. Common sense should tell us that all of this will have complex and unpredictable results. In fact, it does. While some children seem able to function in this completely artificial environment, really significant numbers of them cannot. Around the world, every day, millions and millions and millions of normal bright healthy children are labelled as failures in ways that damage them for life. And increasingly, those who cannot adapt to the artificial environment of school are diagnosed as brain-disordered and drugged.

It is in this context that we set out to research how human beings learn. But collecting data on human learning based on children’s behavior in school is like collecting data on killer whales based on their behavior at Sea World.”

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Teacherpreneur: Me?

I love a good challenge.

When I completed my Masters degree and basked in the high praise of the fully vested Ph.D. professors after my final presentation, I was launched into a completely new place regarding my career.

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Before that time, though, I had it in my head that I would move on to take more classes and eventually become an LDT-C (a.k.a. Learning Consultant within a school or district).  But after some extensive research and consultations with those same professors over the past few weeks, I’ve decided that track isn’t right for me.  Instead, I want to stay in the classroom – but also begin to lead other teachers, parents, policymakers, and members of the community, too.

I want to be a Teacherpreneur.

What does a Teacherpreneur do?  Well, pretty much anything.

Some Teacherpreneurs have created new positions for themselves within their respective districts, others have been invited to speak as experts at conferences and conventions, while others have been able to implement real, tangible changes within their schools that have truly benefitted the students.

For me, I can see any of the above happening, plus a few other things, like a published book, a teaching position in higher education, or a new schooling concept.  Really, the possibilities are endless – and I like that.  This ultimately allows me to be as creative as possible – and that is exactly what I’ve been searching for.

The world of teaching has finally become my oyster.

So, I’ll be posting my updates, ideas, lessons, and progress from time to time and I hope you’ll join me on this journey!  You can find everything on my Teacherpreneur page.