Your Credibility as Lead Explorer, Not A Teacher (Episode 42)
Credibility – do you really feel comfortable teaching your children? No matter what type of “school” they are in, like it or not, you are your child’s teacher. And even more crazy, you are a teacher to everyone you meet! We have the opportunity to learn from everyone – and this week we shift the terminology from “teacher” to “guide” to “lead explorer”. Let’s have fun on this journey with a big dose of grace and flexibility and see what happens.
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This week we find ourselves in White Springs, Florida. Oh so close to the State Park I actually booked…but for the wrong dates. See our pictures and follow our adventures on Instagram as @FieldTripGypsies
Where are we?
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Got to meet up not only with my family, but these rockstars as well!
What makes you credible?
We are ALL teachers – remember our kids:
“Where do you go to school?”
“Who is your teacher?”
Acton Academy – teacher vs. guide – check out Acton Academy and their model here.
This is our goal, our ONE THING for this podcast: To empower parents and give you the confidence that you are worthy of this task
How can you be a lead explorer (not just a “teacher”) in your home?
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” (Albert Einstein)
Knowledge is limited – imagination encircles the world.
Logic will get you from a to b, but imagination will take you everywhere.
Individuals who watched just three minutes of negative news in the morning had a whopping 27% greater likelihood of reporting their day as unhappy six to eight hours later compared to the positive condition.
“Don’t allow any one else’s opinions, don’t allow what is on the internet, don’t allow research- don’t allow anyone else out there to tell you what is possible/impossible for YOU – how do you choose to think?”
Parent led vs. child led home – you don’t have to have every minute plotted and curriculum created.
Schedule time to tweak the dials of your family – inspect what you expect
Give grace – recognize this isn’t a huge agenda – experiment and try.
As a couple, support one another – you are embarking on new territory – everything is new. Give yourself and your kids buckets of grace. It’s okay to try and try again.
We talked about the book, the The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months…This is a great book that lays out how people tend to cram for that end-of-year self-imposed deadline, and if we shorten our vision a bit to only 12 weeks at a time, how much more we can accomplish in a year.
And read from The Courage To Grow: This was written by the creator of Acton Academy and is a powerful book that introduces the concepts surrounding the Acton model…which I believe is essentially organized unschooling through a school. It’s an excellent read to explore the Socratic method, how to be your child’s “guide”, and look at what educational options you may have.
Thirst for knowledge: When the student is ready (delight led learning) – be the guide…or lead explorer, not the teacher.
Your Challenge this week – give yourself the permission to explore the teacher you want to be. Have fun with it and try. Have an open conversation with your child about a new topic.
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