Learning from a position of strength

Published by Lori Pickert on August 31, 2011 at 01:33 AM

I think one of the things we’ve done is we’ve trained the passion out of our students from the 2nd grade up. I think kindergartners and 1st graders and some 2nd graders still have it, but after that, forget it.

Instead of me having all these preconceived ideas of what they should doing, saying, and producing, I have to be open to what I find in each student. I have to discover — and help each student discover — their talents and interests and create a learning environment where they can use those gifts and passions to learn from a position of strength. — Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Passion-Based Learning for the 21st Century

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Comment by Luisa on August 31, 2011 at 02:11 AM

I was almost was afraid to read this post because it's heart wrenching and true. It's definitley one of my struggles of unschooling with my oldest. Up until middle of 2nd grade the passion was there and and then rest of 2nd grade and defintely all of 3rd grade the creativity dissection began and went full force to depleting the kids. That was the last straw with school for me now I'm working twice as hard to bring it back and keep the passion and drives going.

Comment by Lori Pickert on September 4, 2011 at 12:49 PM

you point out something really important, luisa — once they've lost that spark, it's twice as hard to get it back. we need education that nurtures interests and talents and creativity.

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