Math in the Mountains

My brain is tired. I’m in Denver for Classical Conversations speaker training. The topic of this year’s training is, ironically, the topic that I feel the least equipped to teach! But that is really the point. So many of us reared in traditional schools view ourselves as either “math brained” or “language arts brained.” We have bought into the lie that hard subjects that require a different kind of thinking are unreachable, when, in reality, all subjects in the real world separate from the conveyor belt of public education are connected. A person who is comfortable with writing and reading … Continue reading Math in the Mountains

Changing the Public School “Collective”

I took a trip down memory lane today, all the way back to 1994.  As part of my studies to become an elementary teacher, I was required to observe classrooms and keep a journal of my findings. I’m intrigued to examine how I felt about teaching then, in the thick of preparation to enter the public school system, to how I feel now, in the thick of preparation to encourage parents to consider homeschooling. Many of my observations were about the underlying systems in place.  I drew diagrams like this one of the seating arrangements. I made note of busywork … Continue reading Changing the Public School “Collective”

Tick Tock

One of my all-time favorite movies is Dirty Dancing.  I was a dancer as a youngling and grew quite famous for it in my former imaginary life.  I watched and re-watched Flashdance and Fame (the old versions) and still harbor a secret desire to learn how to do the Salsa with my hubby. So when reviewing the images I took of my daughter during one of her skating lessons yesterday, this one made my heart jump all the way into my throat: When exactly did my little girl get so grown up?  She’s almost as tall as her coach!  When … Continue reading Tick Tock

Flunking the Future?

Arugh!  I wrote a post about education, but somehow it got lost in cyberspace.  Because it is after 11pm, and because my eyes are getting fuzzy, I will have to make do with the quick and dirty version. Public Schools Flunk Out.  Only 34% of ninth graders who took the new STAAR test passed English 1 Writing and Reading.  Our students deserve better.  Public schools ought to take a page from homeschoolers and try other curriculum, such as Institute for Excellence in Writing.  My daughter began using IEW in the second semester of her 4th grade year. Here is my … Continue reading Flunking the Future?