Learning Differently

A Dream Come True

I had a dream many years ago. I was looking up a south face, sloping hillside. I stopped to take it in. When I turned 180 degrees, I saw the sun beginning to set over cascading hills and mountains with a river at its base. And now I was literally standing on the land of

Hat of Choice (Had a Choice) How Do You Like to Learn?

There are at least three processes to place concepts/skills into long-term memory where the data explains it is never forgotten. Input Storage Retrieval Which one(s) work for you? They are not mutually exclusive. If you haven’t tried them all, it might be worth experimenting. Simulation Practice Discussion Reading Experiment Discussion Reciting Peer Teaching Lecture Exploring

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UTV It’s snowing again—from gentle to purposeful. After all the snows this year, its beauty melted my hardness so I could slip into delight. For over two days, David and I focused on getting our first “farm” vehicle. We don’t need a tractor. Our needs are small. Transporting bags of soil, and moving some big

Playing the Exploring Game

Discovery is the greatest high. – E.O. Wilson, world renown biologist It’s no sin to be glad you’re alive. – Bruce Springsteen It starts when your sense of curiosity is ignited. Albert Einstein advised us to “Never lose a holy curiosity,” Why is curiosity so important? Once you follow your curiosity, you immediately become an

“Shit for Brains”

Everyone was sitting comfortably. He stood up.  He was a tall, strapping, good-looking redhead young man of 18. We were discussing parenting and the good and bad we experienced. Emotionally, yet under control, he stated: “When I was four, my mom told me, ‘You have shit for brains.”’  Stone silence in the classroom. He had

After Many Years, I’ve Returned Home

I bought 24 acres of Vermont woodland and built a 12X12 cabin with my mate so we could stay warm and dry for the winter. The cabin and an Ashley wood heat stove worked in tandem to accomplish my mission. One morning in the snow I discovered bear prints immediately outside the long window I

Ball as the Mother of Invention

A mom and her son arrived at my classroom after school ended. The youngster of 12 or 13 refused to write. He was attending a prestigious and expensive private school. So, we went to work. I used all my best techniques. None worked. We were both frustrated. I knew his brother was star on his

Truth to Youth: Dream On and Recognize How to Play This New Game

We’ve led you down a path that promised infinite possibilities. Unfortunately the game was one of finite possibilities. And finite games always have winners and losers. We were fooling ourselves and misleading you pretending that it was an infinite game. That is something our generation needs to take full responsibility. Not to lament the past,

Breaking Spells for Hating School

I couldn’t count all the teens I’ve met who hated “normal” school. In class, many acted out, others were silently defiant, while others played comedian which was often a welcome relief. And with this cast of characters I was going to meet with them for an hour a day four days a week for the

What If a Ball Could Change the World of Learning? Part 1

How crazy of an idea? Especially now in a world filled with such complexity. In whatever spot in the universe I am currently in, it’s true. I’ve been teaching/learning how to use a ball to teach academic and social skills for over 20 years now. Back then, when I told parents and teachers that’s how