Designing for a family learning: meaningful activities for adults

February 13, 2016

I’m trying to articulate what are the ingredients for mixed age learning that includes adults and kids as a series of posts. This one is about the importance of including meaningful activities for adults.

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Performance improvement mindset and taking it for granted

February 9, 2016

I take for granted how much my thinking about learning has been influenced by a ‘performance improvement’ mindset. It’s time to deal with those tacit assumptions explicitly, especially given that in education the gap between learning and ‘work’ seems to be bigger than in L&D.

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Homeschooling in the Netherlands: how to start networking

January 31, 2016

To learn about homeschooling from the first-hand experiences and to make sure your kids have contact with other homeschooled kids, you need to network first. How to you go about it if you don’t know any homeschooling families in person?

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Three learning and teaching trends in 2016 and the essence of homeshooling

January 27, 2016

Those three themes capture the essence of homeschooling for me at this point. Student-driven personalised learning as a main driving force, experimenting with learning models and environments as a mean to get something that works and looking for alternative models for learning assessment as a way to improve and as a mean to judge where we are in relation to the formal educational system.

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Wat is het doel van onderwijs? and networked learning

January 24, 2016

  An interview-based documentary about the purpose of education, a good one to watch. It’s still very much school-centric view on education, as if it is unthinkable to question the institution itself. It also doesn’t touch on the thorny question “who controls learning?”. All of which is not bad, because “compatibility with current practices” is […]

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In search for reflection formats that fit

January 14, 2016

When I stopped working, one of the things I wanted was about doing more non-digital, observable things. In other words – living a life that could be more easily shared with children, because they can observe and participate. Today, I suddenly realised that I’m starting to miss ‘the other side’. In a contrast with the […]

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More blogging, less Facebook

January 5, 2016

In the last hours of 2015 the story on how Social networks are turning the internet into television by Hossein Derakhshan came to me, via Facebook, of course. He writes about striking contrast between internet as a web with its hyperlinked currency before and the television model that it’s becoming now: Even before I went to jail, though, the power […]

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From 2015 to 2016

January 3, 2016

Those three days were a lot of fun. Improv, playing on stage and on the floor, making fire, old and new songs, Turner in Rijksmuseum Twente, 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 […]

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Unschooling structures: shape and focus

December 16, 2015

One of the things that is on my thinking radar now is what I call ‘unschooling structure’ – the things that help to shape and focus learning. In particularly I’m wondering about providing kids with an exposure to and participation in practices of the society (thinking in terms of Lave&Wenger here). For me those have […]

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On (failure to write) well-thought posts

December 16, 2015

While my writing was derailed by Anna’s finger getting trapped in a door (almost healed by now) and the busyness of the holiday season (and here Christmas is nothing compared to the suspense of Sinterklaas), the thinking continues. Ideally, I’d like to write a well-research posts full of references to relevant material, but every time […]

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What unschooling and unconferences have in common?

November 11, 2015

It’s a challenge to explain to others what unschooling is about. I often use parallels with unconferences to explain how it works, but I still lack a language to talk about the details. So I start to explore the challenges and develop the language :)

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Right brain to do list

November 9, 2015

In a long and winding way I’ve got to reading stuff on ‘right brain’. A lot of it is still fussy and I’m stuck with sources in three languages this time, but I need a placeholder for the things to dig further: visual-spatial learning – links and how-to visual and spatial as two different things […]

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It comes back

November 7, 2015

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 […]

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One game with three kids

October 28, 2015

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. […]

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