Learning highlights: July-August 2018

Mathemagenic

Some of the highlights of this period: End of the school year business: open lessons at swimming and judo, choir concerts, judo exams (first coloured belts for the girls. It’s way into September now, but I still want to catch some of the highlights of July and August.

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Learning highlights: September 2018

Mathemagenic

September is a busy month: as school holidays are over there is a time to celebrate the beginning of new learning year with Not Back To School Parties and to sort out the routines of regular sports, clubs and other activities. This year we did more than usual since the kids are older and I wanted to talk more with the parents who have more experience of homeschooling beyond primary school age. A trip to Den Haag: English, pinquins and catching up with old-time friends.

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Links of the Quarter: September 2018

How to Save the World

Meanwhile, my friend Khelsilem insists the project will not go ahead. Orcas On Howe Sound: My friend Bob Turner celebrates the return of killer whales to Howe Sound, right beside my island home. School taught us to fit in. Cartoon by Hugh Macleod from Gaping Void.

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Visiting Rome with a Wheelchair User

Jenny Connected

The bedroom must be big enough for a wheelchair and the bathroom must be wheelchair friendly. In particular the corridors were very narrow, the lift was tiny, the bar was up some steps, and our bathroom was right on the edge of being wheelchair friendly.

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Creativity and experience on the distributed web

Jenny Connected

Just last week a friend was running a management game for a group of MSc students. Even small children in schools are encouraged to show their ‘workings’ – how they have arrived at a result. The topic for the penultimate week in the E-Learning 3.0

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Links of the Quarter: June 2018

How to Save the World

multimedia reprocessed/washed/painted photo produced by my friend Ron Woodall. photo by Ian Nelson of Hanalei Bay, Kaua’i after the April 2018 floods, which swept away some livestock fences and introduced some species to some novel ecosystems.

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Links of the Quarter: March 2018

How to Save the World

Adults work wherever there is work for however long they have to while children are shuffled through overcrowded and underfunded schools until the bell rings and they are sent out into the meaningless wastes of suburbia. image via Ulf Parczyk on Jim Newman’s Facebook Page.

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November in review: transitions

Mathemagenic

As the kids of our homeschooling friends grow there are new priorities and a need to find a new balance between adults and kids in the group. In this respect it was very interesting to dive again into ideas and examples of “unschooling schools”, translating some of the materials of Sudburyschool Hardewijk into Russian, as well as lots of conversations in Russian around it and visiting U.Dacha , a self-directed learning space near Moscow.

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Winter rhythm 2018-2019

Mathemagenic

And I have learnt to keep short school holidays (where Dutch regular activities stop) as free as possible from the homeschooling group activities, so we have more time to spend with family friends with school-going kids, travel, picking things from a wide array of interesting holiday activities for the kids or just live structureless, which I personally always appreciate.

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June in review

Mathemagenic

Two weeks with the kids in Russia, with an intense week-long camping with Natural school and then no less intense days of meeting with family and friends and sorting out the remaining boxes from my mother’s house at dacha.

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Homeschooling over time

Mathemagenic

Than come practicalities: finding or creating a social space where kids can see others (because all their peers go to school), do things together and learn how to learn. Friends are found, choices made, routines are working. I keep on thinking how needs of a homeschooling family change over time. No data-based generalisations here, just observations. In the beginning it’s all about role-models and information.

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Unschooling myself: traces through time

Mathemagenic

Now, with a school for Alexander as a feasible option , it is very much about relations with external organisational structures and capability to be yourself independently of their boundaries and demands. Some of this stuff is pretty personal and I write about it in friends-only LJ, but there are enough “tips of the iceberg” visible here as well. Not back to school insights , August 2016. Dealing with resistance and difficulties , September 2018.

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Walking away from facebook

Chris Corrigan

Facebook in engaged in undermining democracy and articles I was reading in 2018 pointed to their intentional and unintentional aiding and abetting behaviour with respect to the elections and democratic engagement.

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