How Do Kids Want To Learn? My Doctoral Research Pt. 2

Part one of this story focused on boredom and humiliation/fear of humiliation as obstacles to learning.   My experience of boredom and fear of humiliation in my K-12 education was a driver for me to start looking closely at learning.  Here, I present the findings from my doctoral research.  As a student, I never understood whyContinue reading “How Do Kids Want To Learn? My Doctoral Research Pt. 2”

How Do Kids Want To Learn? My Doctoral Research Pt. 1

I want to share with you the findings of my doctoral research published in 2003.  I studied a program created by my mentor, J.P. Das of University of Alberta.  This program, called PREP, helps train cognitive (thinking) processes.  I wanted to know not only the effects on learning, but “What was the learner’s experience” ofContinue reading “How Do Kids Want To Learn? My Doctoral Research Pt. 1”

There Is No Such Thing As “Free Play”

If you ever get a chance, I hope you will read the work of Clark Moustakas.  He was one of my greatest teachers.  He wasn’t the energetic self-promoter like other pioneers , but his wisdom and clarity of thought seems obvious.  He is a pioneer in play therapy a founder of Humanistic Psychology.  He isContinue reading “There Is No Such Thing As “Free Play””

Does Drill Really Kill?

“It’s not necessarily the amount of time you spend at practice that counts; it’s what you put into the practice.” Eric Lindros (Canadian professional ice hockey legend) “I know a lot of people think it’s monotonous, down the black lines over and over, but it’s not if   you’re enjoying what you’re doing. I love toContinue reading “Does Drill Really Kill?”

Your 3rd Grader Just Destroyed His Future

Nobody has ever asked for my 3rd grade transcript.  It is a good thing.  I was a pretty lousy student until I was about 18 years old.  It is unlikely that I had no good teachers.  I’m not suggesting that at all.  It’s just that I found school boring.  Ask any kid to describe schoolContinue reading “Your 3rd Grader Just Destroyed His Future”

Basketball, Broken Hearts and Video Games

It’s 10PM on a Saturday night.  Griffin was invited to play in a 3 on 3 tournament and we  just had a very profound discussion on our drive home.  His team made it to the championship but lost 8 to 10.  He feels tired and hungry  after running sprints for most of the day.  GriffinContinue reading “Basketball, Broken Hearts and Video Games”

How to Get A’s on Tests

I have mentioned before that learning came suddenly to me at about age 18.  Prior to that, I struggled to stay awake in class, never mind getting A’s on tests.  Contrast that with my experience in college, where I couldn’t wait until the professor posted the scores so I could see if I finished #1,Continue reading “How to Get A’s on Tests”

Should I Let Griffin Have A Facebook Account?

If you’ve spent any time around tweens or teens, it might seem that they have disappeared into the on-line world – iPods, mobile devices and lap tops are status quo. Many parents of younger children I’ve spoken with have concerns that on-line activity like social media and gaming will create introverted loners. Griffin, our 11-year-old,Continue reading “Should I Let Griffin Have A Facebook Account?”

The Bart Simpson Myth

In a National Geographic Magazine study, over 80% of kids ages 6 – 14 think that learning is: A.    A drag B.     A waste of time C.    BO-RING D.     Fun! Believe it or not, the answer is “D”. Kids think learning is fun – this is encouraging news for parents and educators. MoreContinue reading “The Bart Simpson Myth”

Fat and Stupid is No Way to Go Through Life

Okay, I paraphrased a quote from animal house for the title of this blog. But Dean Wormer had a point.  I think we need to ask, ” Are video games harmful to kids?”  If our kids play them, will they become addicted, obese, violent, and grow old in seclusion?  While I’m hearing less and lessContinue reading “Fat and Stupid is No Way to Go Through Life”