We are in an unprecedented time for education as school administrators, teachers, parents, students are proceeding through uncharted territory.
Many parents are feeling overwhelmed with the thought of having to step into the role of being the at-home educator along with balancing their own job.
While it might seem frightening or overwhelming with all the uncertainty there is a silver lining.
I see this as an opportunity.
An opportunity to improve the learning experience for your child. Imagine learning experiences that are personalized to your child. Learning experiences that are passion-led, curiosity-driven that inspire your child and ignites their desire to learn new things.
Right now, our children don’t need more busywork.
Filling out worksheets or reading a mandatory article and writing a response in a google doc is not going to help our students spark their passion.
I realize teachers and schools are doing the best they can. So by all means, follow your school’s procedures for online learning and be grateful for your child’s teacher who is doing their best with the resources they have…BUT….
As parents and caregivers, we are now, “At-Home Parent Teachers” you have an opportunity to enhance your child’s learning. To spark and ignite their love to learn.
Children are naturally curious. Think of a four-year-old, they want to know why and how things work? We are born to be curious and curiosity is the building block to go on to be a scientist, a mathematician, or whatever they wish to grow and be.
The way our current education system works is it turns curiosity into compliance. Our students are told what to learn and when to learn it.
Our education system here in the United States was set up over 100 years ago and not much has changed. Yes, the tools and electronics have changed but the overall educational system is still very much the same. Yet, our world is not the same as it was 100 years ago. In fact, our world isn’t the same as it was six months ago.
When our education system was first set up it was to produce workers that could read and compute basic math for the factory owners. One hundred years ago, our country was in an industrial age. Factory owners didn’t want creative or out-of-the-box thinkers.
But our society today is no longer in an industrial age….we are in an innovative age, where technology advances quickly. To advance our global society forward we need innovative thinkers! We need our children to discover their own strengths, gifts, and talents.
Imagine a world where everyone was able to use their talents to help benefit our communities, even our world.
So, I ask you to think to yourself…
What can we do better?
What can you do to ignite your child’s love to learn, to discover, to wonder?
I see this time of uncertainty as a new opportunity. An opportunity to bring back the spark and re-ignite our love to learn to be the innovative thinkers and change-makers that will advance our society forward to be a better place.
What can you do?
I’m sharing how to get started with passion-led learning at home. With my years of being an educator and a parent, I’ve developed our At-Home Innovation Learning Experience. This is a three-pillar framework any parent can follow to help start igniting their student’s curiosity.