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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

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

Education: Busy-Work or Authentic Learning?

"Authentic learning, inner wisdom, ought to be developed as soon as possible and it ought to be part of education for young people. Currently, it is missing from the public school curricula, or if it does exist, it’s drowned out by the noise of achievement and grades, or buried under the heavy list of more … Continue reading Education: Busy-Work or Authentic Learning?

Like a Flower Petal Blooming

"My book is  a story of the process of self-actualization, me as the central real-life character to whom others might also relate. It's about how yoga provided me this portal to enter to deeper consciousness of my own life, my self and therefore my purpose, my identity, my existence. It's also about how this portal … Continue reading Like a Flower Petal Blooming

Podcast Episode 005: How to Be The Hero of Your Own Life Story

"You ARE the hero of your own journey, and [this course] is the most important course you will ever take. You should be at the center of your own curriculum and let the rest of your schooling experiences supplement this foundational study of yourself...This is a solo mission-- a private, individual, one-on-one class where you … Continue reading Podcast Episode 005: How to Be The Hero of Your Own Life Story

Learning is Life

  "To see young people come alive is the reward of teaching" ---Joseph Cambell According to Joseph Cambell, famed author of The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949), Myths to Live by (1972), and The Hero's Journey (1990),  the goal of maturity is to know oneself ---to understand the inner landscape-- to be the hero of one's … Continue reading Learning is Life

Educating Human Beings or Human Doings?

What kind of learning do you value and why? I value the kind of learning that helps people live qualitatively well as authentic "human beings" not just as skilful and knowledgeable "human doings." Unfortunately, our current American public schooling system continues to dedicate most of its attention, time, choices, actions, deeply-ingrained habits, and resources to … Continue reading Educating Human Beings or Human Doings?

Restoring Balance: Too Much Schooling & Not Enough Learning”

Part of the this Landscapes for Learning mission is to draw attention to teaching and learning in a broader sense than schooling and to begin a new conversation about the kinds of learning we currently value in our American public schools. What I think is based on my own personal experience as a student, as … Continue reading Restoring Balance: Too Much Schooling & Not Enough Learning”

Teaching & Learning About the Places That Scare You

The following quotes are taken from The Places That Scare Us by Pema Chodron where she describes the exploration of the inner landscape that I believe is sorely needed as part of kids' education more than ever before: “We’re encouraged to meditate every day, even for a short time, in order to cultivate this steadfastness with … Continue reading Teaching & Learning About the Places That Scare You

Podcast: The Call of the Wild with exotic animal handler, Niki Cesar Tracchia

"All good things are wild & free" -Henry David Thoreau Niki tells her story about traveling across the landscapes of nature-- as avid hiker/outdoor enthusiast, wolf-advocate (yes, they need our help!), Bikram yogi, and exotic animal handler. After a not-so-great, though sadly typical, experience with public high "schooling," Niki blossomed into an avid learner and … Continue reading Podcast: The Call of the Wild with exotic animal handler, Niki Cesar Tracchia

Who am I?

My previous "Calling a Spade a Spade" post is about telling the truth-- something our world desperately needs at this exact moment in time. Each of us has to talk about the truth, within our seemingly small and insignificant spheres of life, however uncomfortable or however much it may threaten our reputations.  Our integrity and … Continue reading Who am I?

More Tough Love, Less Coddling

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snqXOvnHzcQ&feature=youtu.be   The kids in the "Everyone gets a trophy" generation are in college now and acting crazy at the extreme ends of the political spectrum (there's a middle-- we just don't hear about them because they are individuals rather than extreme identity groups and they're probably attending to the business of their lives instead … Continue reading More Tough Love, Less Coddling

Calling a Spade a Spade

“To Err is human; to forgive, divine”---Alexander Pope Softening, or “pussification,” as the late, great comedian George Carlin defined it, is destroying the integrity of authentic learning. When people fuck with the integrity of the learning process, when they weaken it and make it soft, it corrupts individuals and society far more than we know … Continue reading Calling a Spade a Spade

Podcast: Meet World Traveling Yoga Teacher, Changu Changezi

003: Podcast with Changu Changezi Changu Changezi is an ordinary guy with an inspiring story about learning and landscapes. He is a traveling Bikram yoga teacher who lives his life with integrity, authenticity, and an unshakeable sense of self. He has been traveling the world teaching Bikram yoga for the past four years, approaching learning … Continue reading Podcast: Meet World Traveling Yoga Teacher, Changu Changezi

Podcast: Grace Tempany, Multi-potentialite and teacher-extraordinaire

Grace and I discuss our desire to begin a conversation about teaching as moral and teaching with courage and integrity. We discuss the need for more authentic forms of teaching and learning in school, so that kids can embark on their individual journeys toward the self rather than just trying to find the right answer … Continue reading Podcast: Grace Tempany, Multi-potentialite and teacher-extraordinaire