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Love for Learning Beyond Schooling

A love for learning is much different than a love for school. My greatest concern during my tenure as a high school English teacher was kids' lack of understanding of and appreciation for learning. I don't mean that they did not appreciate or love my lessons (some did, some did not). I mean, they thought … Continue reading Love for Learning Beyond Schooling

Podcast 015: Future of Education: Learning Beyond Schooling

"I hope to help dismantle traditional schooling and its unhelpful, outdated, damaging values and persuade teachers, school leaders, parents, and students to focus their attention on better, more important ways of learning. My goal is to support ALL parties in this transformation with their humanity and a love for our shared humanity in tact."   … Continue reading Podcast 015: Future of Education: Learning Beyond Schooling

Podcast 014: On Trust

Here's a short solo podcast about my thoughts about over-reliance on others rather than trusting oneself. This habit of excessive co-dependency is something that comes from the way we educate our kids. Landscapes for Learning Podcast Episode #14 On Trust Please "like" on iTunes and share with friends who might be interested in the future … Continue reading Podcast 014: On Trust

My Teachers

Some of the people (and animals) who have educated me and influenced the creation of my book, It's Not About the Grades: Landscapes for Learning Beyond Schooling, as well as this blog and Landscapes for Learning mission / project, in no particular order: My students over the past 14 years My four kids My dog, … Continue reading My Teachers

List for Learning: 27 Take-Aways from It’s Not About the Grades

 27 Take-Aways from It's Not About the Grades: Landscapes for Learning Beyond Schooling Since everyone seems to be publishing books with rules for life and lists for "best" something or other, I thought I would make a list of possible take-aways from It's Not About the Grades: Landscapes for Learning Beyond Schooling, my newest memoir … Continue reading List for Learning: 27 Take-Aways from It’s Not About the Grades

Know Thyself & Save the World

We need to stop subscribing to traditional, outdated schooling and attitudes about conventional education and instead engage in authentic learning for psychological health and wellbeing, balance,  to preserve our shared humanity, and prepare for a radically different future.   Q. How should we be educating people for the future? What should we study? Some answers: … Continue reading Know Thyself & Save the World

Out with Grades, In with Soft Skills

  If It's Not About the Grades, then what kind of Learning Beyond Schooling? Modern schooling still subscribes to the notion that "If it [skills/learning] isn't measurable, it doesn't matter," but this is totally outdated!  According to Seth Godin, real work that matters, that is purposeful and fulfilling, relies more on "soft skills" than "hard … Continue reading Out with Grades, In with Soft Skills

Human Resources for Teachers?

"What do you think about adding more personal wellness for professional development specifically designed for teachers by teachers at your school?"   School has begun and I am no longer a part of it, although I feel like I am still involved to a large degree because I spend almost all my time thinking and … Continue reading Human Resources for Teachers?

Building Curriculum

"It's not about the "A" I may or may not get on this "paper" I am writing, this new life I am building. It's about allowing the creativity to come and work its way through me, participating in the building without total control or clinging, and observing myself on the journey, noticing that I am … Continue reading Building Curriculum

Podcast 013: It’s Not About the Grades: INTRODUCTION

It's Not About the Grades: Love for Learning Beyond Schooling is very close to completion, so I am recording a reading of a few chapters for feedback, as a faster way of getting "peer review" before I write proposals for publishing the final manuscript. INTRODUCTION  Download Episode HERE I would LOVE your input, insight, constructive … Continue reading Podcast 013: It’s Not About the Grades: INTRODUCTION

Podcast 012: Preface, It’s Not About the Grades

It's Not About the Grades: Love for Learning Beyond Schooling is very close to completion, so I am recording a reading of a few chapters for feedback, as a faster way of getting "peer review" before I write proposals for publishing the final manuscript. THIS PODCAST IS A READING OF THE PREFACE, A LETTER TO … Continue reading Podcast 012: Preface, It’s Not About the Grades

Podcast 011: Teri Almquist

  "Every student deserves a good teacher, every teacher deserves the opportunity to be a great teacher"  -Teri Almquist     Building an inner connection with yourself isn't easy. This union, or yoga, is hard work. It's about  trust--first in a teacher when you don't yet know how to trust yourself and you are overwhelmed … Continue reading Podcast 011: Teri Almquist

Podcast 010: Nick Filth

Nick Filth grew up in an abusive home, dropped out of high school after ninth grade, was homeless for a time, and addicted to drugs, but ironically his experiences with THC and psychedelics sent him out of this world then back to his own life-- his truth, which is a place and point of view … Continue reading Podcast 010: Nick Filth

Becoming a Teacher

On Becoming a Teacher When you find out who you are, you find out you are limited: by rules, norms, laws, other people, physically, mentally, psychologically, intellectually. Your mind limits you as does your body; your birth limits you, as does your environment-- all that is external to you, nature, and internal, by nature. Limits … Continue reading Becoming a Teacher

Don’t Let Anyone Tell You Who to Be or What to Do!

If you don't take responsibility for designing your own life by figuring out who you really are, then people will forever be telling you what to do and who to be, and you'll be miserable. I used Dr. Jordan B. Peterson's Self Authoring Program and the Big 5 Personality Test he recommended a while back, … Continue reading Don’t Let Anyone Tell You Who to Be or What to Do!

Sticks and Stones

"Your personal, individual super powers live within your inner landscape. Stop blaming, whining, complaining and acting like a victim. You do have the power to choose. That's your responsibility. Put the phone down; put the drugs and booze away; stop eating crap; stop checking out by putting your attention and energy on other people who … Continue reading Sticks and Stones

Podcast Redux with Grace Tempany

Traveling Landscapes for Learning, Inside and Out, with Grace Tempany http://traffic.libsyn.com/landscapesforlearning/Grace2FINALFINAL.mp3 “One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end.” ----Jiddu Krishnamurti Traveling the landscapes for learning is a challenge for so many of us human beings, but Grace Tempany’s personality, disposition, and training in self-inquiry makes … Continue reading Podcast Redux with Grace Tempany

Podcast w/ Myozen Joan Amaral on Zen, Zazen, Practice and Social Life

“The best way is to understand yourself, and then you will understand everything. So when you try hard to make your own way, you will help others, and you will be helped by others. Before you make your own way you cannot help anyone, and no one can help you.” ― Shunryu Suzuki   http://traffic.libsyn.com/landscapesforlearning/JoanAmaralfinal008.mp3 … Continue reading Podcast w/ Myozen Joan Amaral on Zen, Zazen, Practice and Social Life

About LFL Podcast

In this first podcast, I introduce myself and my purpose for the Landscapes for Learning podcast. http://traffic.libsyn.com/landscapesforlearning/001_ABOUT_LFL_PODCAST.mp3 I was motivated to create the Landscapes for Learning project to counter students' and parents' and schools' over-valuation of grades and competition for college acceptance as the key to "the good life." As a long-time educator, I saw … Continue reading About LFL Podcast

Meta: Reflection on The Artist’s Way

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron beautifully combines my interests in creativity, spirituality, and writing all in one little awesome guidebook for the responsible rationalists like me who have paid homage to the Inner Critic for most of our lives for one good reason or another. I have lived my life responsible for my children … Continue reading Meta: Reflection on The Artist’s Way

Grounded Parents= Grounded Kids

ground·ed ˈɡroundid/ adjective adjective: grounded 1. well balanced and sensible. "the kids have money and a rock-star dad, but they seem grounded" 2. (of a pilot or an aircraft) prohibited or prevented from flying. "you don't taunt a grounded flier, especially after he's had a few beers" informal (of a child being punished) not allowed to … Continue reading Grounded Parents= Grounded Kids

Podcast: A Parent-Teacher Conference

Solo Podcast: A Parent-Teacher Conference "A Parent-Teacher Conference about Values" is a solo episode about my book-in-progress It's Not About The Grades: Love for Learning Beyond Schooling which I hope to revise and publish in the coming months. I provide a brief, yet incomplete, overview of the book in progress and read an excerpt from a … Continue reading Podcast: A Parent-Teacher Conference

Podcast: The Value of Silent Meditation with Allen Gaskell

ITunes Podcast: 006: The Value of Silent Meditation with Allen Gaskell "All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone" --- Blaise Pascal One of my goals with the Landscapes for Learning project is to draw more attention to the need for an explicitly taught wisdom curriculum for high … Continue reading Podcast: The Value of Silent Meditation with Allen Gaskell

Dr. Peter Gray on Schooling

https://youtu.be/d_DJAZ-ByV0 "Everyone is way too concerned about grades and this concern is depriving young people of the freedom they need for true education.  There is good reason to believe that much of the increased suffering of young people comes from the increased weight and senselessness of schooling. Young people are spending more time than ever in school, going … Continue reading Dr. Peter Gray on Schooling

No Mud, No Lotus: A True Story about Limits

I was nine years old the first time I ran away from school. The nuns at St.Mary of the Annunciation had a strict rule: “the boys play with the boys and the girls play with the girls.” I ignored that rule, mostly because I thought of myself as more of a boy than a girl, … Continue reading No Mud, No Lotus: A True Story about Limits

It’s Not About the Grades: Love for Learning Beyond Schooling

This is a hypothetical letter to high school students that I am using for the opening of my book-in-progress, It's Not About the Grades: Love for Learning Beyond Schooling. I am under no illusion that a high school student, a 14-18 year old, would likely be engaged in actually reading such a lengthy "text" such as this, … Continue reading It’s Not About the Grades: Love for Learning Beyond Schooling