MUSINGS ON SELF-DIRECTED EDUCATION

 
Here are the most recent posts to The Learning Cooperatives blog. Check out the TLC blog page to see all of them.

  • People or Products?
    by Joel Hammon on April 28, 2024 at 2:13 pm

    True story: A NJ public library cleared off one of their walls and invited the local elementary school and a homeschool learning co-op to display student artwork for the community.  On one side of the wall were the school students’ paintings, which were all slight variations of the exact same […]

  • Libraries, Not Schools
    by Joel Hammon on March 1, 2024 at 5:07 pm

    When people first hear about self-directed learning it sounds like a crazy idea–everything is optional; young people have the freedom to follow their interests and decide how to spend their time; no grades, credits, or diplomas, just learning for learning’s sake. It sounds crazy, but it’s […]

  • Fridays Unplugged
    by Katy Burke on January 30, 2024 at 5:29 pm

    On a typical morning drive to work, I pulled into the local gas station, still holding a conversation on my bluetooth. I turned off the car, transferred the call to speakerphone, and rolled down the window.  “Fill ‘er up, please.”   Next, purse.  But, no…no, no, no, noooo. “I can’t […]

  • Imagine That.
    by Katy Burke on March 25, 2023 at 12:18 pm

    Close your eyes. Imagine a high school, a real high school, one, perhaps, you’ve driven by many times. Picture the building and the grounds. What would you change? Pull up the editing tools in your mind. Cut. Crop. Sketch. What’s different now? Is the parking lot freshly paved? Are there more […]

  • It Depends
    by Joel Hammon on December 4, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    “It Depends.” I say this alot.  I’m the staff member at Princeton Learning Cooperative who initially meets with interested families. They come with lots of questions about PLC and I almost always respond with some variation of, “it depends.” The reactions families have to hearing this […]

  • Underrated
    by Katy Burke on July 20, 2022 at 11:51 am

    In the world of education, somewhere between “lecture” and “group project” is an overlooked, misunderstood, crudely-practiced, and often-omitted wonderful little learning method called “modeling.” It’s as simple as it sounds. A “model” of the work desired (a piece of writing, a […]

  • Stories Worth Repeating
    by Katy Burke on January 16, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    In my last post, I raised a question that has been asked of me many times over, “Why are we learning this?” It’s a question that I’ve had a hard time answering myself, leading me to ask why we study anything at all. After pondering this for many years, I was led to an answer well worth the […]

  • Why Learn Anything?
    by Katy Burke on August 8, 2021 at 2:49 pm

    I’ve been teaching English-ish classes for eighteen years…and that statement pretty much sums up the sort of English teacher I am: the type who gets a kick out of adding the suffix “ish” to a word that already ends in “ish,” not the type who corrects your grammar at dinner parties. […]

  • Let’s Not Force Our Kids Into Early Retirement
    by Scott Gallagher on June 8, 2021 at 10:46 am

    Several years ago, when I was a high school teacher, one of my students was seriously injured in a field hockey game. She was a star player and would probably have earned a scholarship to play field hockey. Her season, and possibly her entire field hockey career, was over. Right around the same […]

  • Boy, You’re Gonna Carry that Weight
    by Alexis Sellers on March 24, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    We just went through a wild year. And that is putting it lightly. A pandemic, everything that goes with the pandemic, civil unrest, a riling election, climate disasters, you name it. Weren’t there also aliens at some point? And here we are now, in 2021, still going through it. We’ve all been […]