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Household activities as part of homeschooling curriculum

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Once we suggested that they plan and make their own snacks and one evening meal per week, it all changed. Emily have learnt how to vacuum clean and is very proud of it.

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Shrunken communication in distributed teams (the egg of communication :)

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Tags: Changing workplace Digital traces Agile distributed teams informal communication

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Verhalen van de zee: shadow puppets, storytelling and learning around

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All those little changes helped a lot to keep everyone on track, while still leaving a lot of space for the flexibility, personal freedom and creativity content-wise.

Distributed Agile: communication and common ground

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Tags: Being social Changing workplace Agile distributed teams informal communication

Making flexible structures

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And they are true to the details, including the division of tasks between the parents and designing something that can easily change. What happens if you design and build stuff for your kids’ rooms? They play a family where the parents design and build a room for their kid.

On homeschooling quality

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There was an intervision session for the parents to share and discuss their experiences and, by a coincidence, a call with a discussion of current state of negotiations about the changes in the regulations of home education in the Netherlands. Back home after a half a day talking about homeschooling practices and politics.

Performance improvement mindset and taking it for granted

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Learning Changing workplace networked learningI tend to take for granted how much my thinking about learning has been influenced by a performance improvement mindset (which comes, between other things, from doing a master program after using learning as a mean to address various ‘performance gaps’ in practice and then going for HRD specialisation within that program).

Facilitating unschooling: bridging the gap between interests of a child and external expectations

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This time, I bumped into an old post summarising research by Center for Workforce Development (1998) on ways to support informal learning in an organisation by focusing on: alignment of organisational and individual goals, so individual motivation to learn is naturally focused on organisational needs for employee competency development, embedding learning opportunities and learning facilitation within working activities, changing contextual factors (e.g.

Seasonal rhytms

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I always find it amazing, seeing how the choices of our kids of what to do and where are changing with the seasons. There is a big dose of changing scenery, travel and events, so kids seem to “go with the flow” and reinvent “normal” in between, just enough to rest before the next challenge. Spring brings everyone outside. Suddenly everything, including food and drinks have to happen under the sky.

Family bias and what to do about it when homeschooling

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It’s also interesting to see when visiting houses of other homeschooling families how the “learning design” of the space, choice of materials and activities change what kids are choosing to do and their interactions.

Educational innovation: schools vs homeschooling?

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As a learning professional and a homeschooling parent I would like to contribute to the changes in the system, but I also would like to make the best choices for my kids.

Designing for a family learning: safe space and facilitating independence

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After renovation and redesign of the library things have changed. I’m trying to articulate what are the ingredients for mixed age learning that includes adults and kids as a series of posts. In the first part I talked about the importance of including meaningful activities for adults. A family-friendly environment is important as well. *. When Anna was a baby we spent hours in our local library.

From 2015 to 2016

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And then inwards, family-oriented change of the year. Those three days were a lot of fun. Improv, playing on stage and on the floor, making fire, old and new songs, Rijksmuseum, skating, walking, laughing, cooking, sharing thoughts and food with friends, big and small. And knipertjes that came as an unexpected gift, just in time to celebrate the year about to end. Tossing unnecessary, quiet and cosy followed by getting our boots seriously dirty in the mud while crossing boundaries.

It comes back

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A few days ago we talked about polar night and day, and watched videos on relationships between changing seasons, length of the day and position of the Earth in relation to the Sun. Today Anna played with animation software on iPad and came up with a little winter movie. When she came to show it to me, she pointed out that she had made the night longer than the day. Always nice to see how it comes back :). Unschooling learning highlights unschooling

One game with three kids

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Next to being a player, he is also ‘the bank’ – he has to do calculations to check everyone’s investments and to give change when buying. Playing a 6+ board game with 8, 5 and 3 years old kids is a patience-testing endeavour. We managed for quite a while, but now they have to spend their energy outside of the house (and very conveniently there enough leaves to be cleaned in front of it). This is what I wrote on Facebook.

Not bloging, identities and Happy New Year :)

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What I didn’t realise is that identities change or, to be more specific, some of those many identities in each of us take leading role for a while. Change Me Meta-blogging Uncategorized life blog writing change identityTags: blog writing , change , identity.

Year of confidence

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All things changed – my identity, circle of people for regular contact and network overall, daily rhythm and responsibilities, planning horizons and finances, even the language used for most of my contacts outside of the family went from English to Dutch. Going through the photos of 2014 I just realised what it was for me – a year of confidence.

Sitting on a fence: should I make another blog?

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Also, there is an audience change. I think I’m ready to get back to blogging regularly, but I am caught in a logistical issue: should I continue blogging here or move to another blog (have.nl domain and basic WP installed for a while now). Many of the things I want to blog about are not fitting easily in this blog – gardening, cooking and making things with my own hands – so it would be fine for a new one.

Accelerated leadership trajectories in communities of practice

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I’m realising that there should be something on this in the Digital habitats book, but I don’t have it with me… Tags: Changing workplace Knowledge management communities CPsquare facilitation KM4Dev leadership

What a coffee corner provides, how to call it and a research agenda

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Tags: Changing workplace Chapter 7.

Distributed Agile: the black box of co-located team

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Responding to change over following a plan. First, a bit of the context: we are working on a project helping distributed Agile teams to identify challenges they have to deal with and to find solutions for them.

My dissertation online and in print

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As other social media weblogs hold the promise to change the way in which work is done. By describing the practices of knowledge workers who blog, this research provides a view into the changing nature of work that becomes increasingly digital, nomadic and networked.

In lieu of presents: Yozhik project

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She got through it, but the experience changed everyone in the family. Being so close to finishing my PhD feels good. I’m looking forward to the defense and the celebration after it, but I also would like to do something to make this world a bit better.

PhD cover art

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It keeps adding to itself, changing colours and feel, and i think is finally in a background state as i much as i care/want to have it. I am glad to see that people like the cover of my PhD dissertation and ask questions about it. Here is the story….

Being there together via presence and activity traces

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In Full Flow: my PhD and more stories about passion at work

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Mathemagenic " PhD conclusions in a thousand words: blogging practices of knowledge workers

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ideas and people being found) it also comes with challenges of dealing with expansion of networks and information overload, changes in power distribution when crossing hierarchical or organisational boundaries, raised expectations and making mistakes in public.

Bringing your network into your organisation

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Leadership is pretty much like respectful parenting

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Why sharing a team room might be not so good

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Strong reliance on sharing a space usually means that there are not many backup information flows (to revisit from a distance or later) and that communication practices are not well articulated (so it’s difficult to change them or “move&# to another – digital – format if the need arises). This makes it more difficult to change and to incorporate external influences. Tags: Changing workplace boundaries informal communication transparency

What makes a company…

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Safe-fail probes and diffusion of innovations

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PhD recovery plan

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Ada Lovelace Day: lessons learnt from my mother

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Post dissertation stress disorder

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I try tackling them one by one in the pockets of time between other things, but feel that that those are changes on the surface, that more is needed to turn the house into a place I want it to be. Like my house right now this blog is loved, but neglected space: finishing my dissertation and being a happy mom doesn’t leave much energy for anything else.

Blogging to grow ideas: weblog research ethics

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While working on this example I get a better idea what has do be changed in the ethics section and write on Twitter: “ wanted to use a section from the Methodology chapter to illustrate something else. This piece is from my dissertation. It is a reconstruction of events, readings and weblog posts that shaped my understanding of the research ethics in relation to my PhD research.

On passion, imperfections, confessional writing and fears (re: dissertation goes to a printer)

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Finishing it to be evaluated by the PhD committee was tough, but it did not feel definite, since I knew I could change a few minor things. [This has been in drafts for a while, so don't be surprised with the date :)]. Following PhDs across the globe on Twitter helps to realise that the process and customs for a PhD differ between countries.

Blog networking study: establishing and maintaining relations via blogging

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While the study results do not provide data on changes in the frequency of interactions between bloggers when their relationships strengthen, they do indicate that those with stronger connections interact on multiple occasions, use different channels and communicate about personal issues as well as professional ones. This post is part of the series describing the results of the study of blogger networking practices. Please take into account a couple of things: This is a draft.

What pragmatists might want to know about blogging

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Here I outline the characteristics of weblogs that make them useful for one’s work and the changes in working practices that blogging might require. Behind my PhD research is an interest in translating practices of early adopters of weblogs into something that those that come after them might use: an understanding of relative advantage of blogging in knowledge-intensive environments and it’s compatibility with existing practices.

Reusable water bottle as a conference give-away

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I changed into reusing plastic bottles after I’ve got BuiltNY neoprene bottle case that snaps to my backpack. Just posted this as a suggestion for Reboot , but thought it could be relevant for any event: Last year it was sad to see so many plastic water bottles floating around the building and then going to the trash. I think it would be nice to use reusable water bottles next year and a few watercoolers for refilling them.