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Self Directed Learning

The Dynamics of Listening

Catherine Gobron | Posted 04.29.2015 | Education
Catherine Gobron

My suggestions are most easily applied in settings where both teachers and students have considerable autonomy, but I hope these ideas may be useful to teachers even in traditional settings.

Passion With a Purpose: From Industry to Innovation

Stedman Graham | Posted 03.13.2015 | Business
Stedman Graham

While there are more problems than ever, there are also more solutions. Technology now allows for worldwide collaboration and revolutionary impact with almost no barriers. So get busy. Find a problem that matters to you and become the change agent you were meant to be.

Direction Matters: Self-Directed Learning Is a Key to Success

Stedman Graham | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Stedman Graham

It takes courage to make a choice to break away from the pack. It's easy to be fooled by the idea that you can be successful without a lifelong learning habit. But you can't ever really learn enough.

Focus Matters: Focus On Your Dreams, Not Your Distractions

Stedman Graham | Posted 03.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Stedman Graham

How would you measure up if someone observed you and wrote down what you were doing once a minute? Would they see you scrolling through social media, talking on the phone to your relative about a problem at home, or taking action toward your dreams?

Give High School Students the Same Freedom as College Students

Blake Boles | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
Blake Boles

Real learning thrives when students have real choices. Give high school students the same freedom as college students, and we'll take education a step in the right direction.

A One-Way Train to Portland

Blake Boles | Posted 01.20.2015 | Education
Blake Boles

The best teachers, mentors, and organizations don't just pour information into your head; they teach the meta-learning skills that help you learn how to learn. To find them, look for anyone who will teach you how to.

To Fix School, Make it Consensual

Blake Boles | Posted 01.16.2015 | Education
Blake Boles

C.S. Lewis wrote, "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive." Education is no exception. To become a self-directed learner is to become, in the words of my friend Ethan Mitchell, a consensual learner.

How to Write 50,000 Words in a Month

Blake Boles | Posted 01.13.2015 | Education
Blake Boles

The secret to the success of the Writing Retreat, I believe, was that we created a place for our writers to work alone, together.

How Summer Camp Taught Me to Never Say "I Can't"

Blake Boles | Posted 01.13.2015 | Education
Blake Boles

Years later, as a returning camper and instructor, I would come to relish the memory of my first "night walk," a rite of passage that no one tells you about until it's upon you.

Okay, You've Graduated from Homeschooling. What's Next?

Blake Boles | Posted 09.14.2014 | Education
Blake Boles

For those of you taking a path that doesn't include college right now, if you're not sure what to do with your life, choose the path that will make the best story later. You must continue to be an interest-driven, self-directed learner.

Informal Learning Is Taking Over (Infographic)

David Blake | Posted 09.10.2014 | Education
David Blake

In today's information age, an individual's ability to learn is more critical than ever. Education is becoming a lifelong pursuit and is following the trend of general media consumption.

Staying in School is Not as Crucial As You Might Think

Catherine Gobron | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Catherine Gobron

School is optional. That's just true. School is one option for learning, one option for preparation for a successful future, one place to spend your...

For Me, the Future of Teaching Is Already Here

Catherine Gobron | Posted 04.27.2014 | Impact
Catherine Gobron

Sparks & Honey, a New York City-based firm of futurists, predicts that one of the top-ten new jobs in 2025 will be unschooling counselor. That's what I do now, and I can definitely see why many other professionals will soon be joining me.

Chickens and Roads: Why Compulsory Schooling Is Unnecessary

Catherine Gobron | Posted 10.15.2013 | Impact
Catherine Gobron

I work at a teen educational program where students have full control over their own schedules and have no academic requirements. Years of enforced, rote tasks may increase a person's compliance with an uninspired adult work life, but is that a worthy goal for education?

Four Reasons to Quit School and Become a Teenage Homeschooler

Blake Boles | Posted 07.15.2013 | Impact
Blake Boles

If you're trapped inside a school that doesn't engage you and you're willing to make a change, then I have good news for you: You can leave school tomorrow and never look back. All you have to do is become a homeschooler.

Thrive Right Now

Catherine Gobron | Posted 05.12.2013 | Parents
Catherine Gobron

We put a colossal amount of energy into shepherding students through systems that don't quite fit for many individuals. For some, doesn't quite fit is an understatement. For some, real suffering and damage is taking place as they try to fit but don't.

Happiness as a Priority

Catherine Gobron | Posted 04.21.2013 | Impact
Catherine Gobron

It's wonderful that so many adults are working to improve their lives. But why wait until you're grown up? Let's empower young people to create happiness and engagement in their lives now.

An Invitation to Step Outside

Catherine Gobron | Posted 04.13.2013 | Parents
Catherine Gobron

As it turns out, how people behave in one setting does not predict how they will behave in a very different setting.

12 Ways to Educate Yourself Without College

Blake Boles | Posted 09.09.2012 | College
Blake Boles

In an era of skyrocketing tuition fees, millions of students will find themselves unable or unwilling to finance the college package deal. Luckily, higher education doesn't have to be delivered by a college institution.

How to Build a Successful Life Without a Four-Year Degree

Blake Boles | Posted 07.02.2012 | College
Blake Boles

Going to college doesn't necessarily equal success, and skipping college doesn't necessarily equal failure. Let's do our 18-year-olds a favor: stop promoting this false dichotomy and start experimenting more with self-directed learning.

Eighth Grade Out!

Kenneth Danford | Posted 07.09.2012 | Education
Kenneth Danford

Somewhere along the 12-year stint of schooling, students need the challenge of answering, "What do I really want to learn? What kind of help do I need to pursue my dream?" Considering those questions is the seed for maturity.

Fostering Talent: From Life-Long to Life-Wide Learning

Katherine von Jan | Posted 06.03.2012 | Education
Katherine von Jan

Lots of cities spend millions wooing companies with tax breaks, and funding sports leagues with new constructions. CEOs for Cities, a network of mayors and city stakeholders, thinks cities ought to invest in people.

What Amy Chua and President Obama Have in Common: Parenting and New Trends in Home Learning

Elisabeth Stock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Elisabeth Stock

We must heed the President's call to invest in both education and broadband, but to do so in a way that dovetails the two to promote greater learning in the homes of students at all income levels.