How’s it going with ramping up your kids’ responsibilities as they get older? Are you transferring more decision-making power to them? Are you giving them a chance to build their decision-making muscles? How do you do this without letting them run wild, eat nothing but candy, and start small fires in their bedroom? Recently I ran across a tool for Managers which is a great way for parents to think about how to delegate decisions and actions to their kids! There are SEVEN, yes, SEVEN levels of delegation – which leaves a lot of room between dictator and chaos, don’t you … Continue reading Moving up the autonomy scale with your kids…without burning down the house.
Flashback to late July – I’d come home from my office, we’d eat dinner together as a family, talk a bit, clean up…. and then we’d all … Continue reading How a small shift at home accelerated learning and made us love each other more.
I recently read this: In the name of being sensible, we end up becoming numb to our own desires. It’s no wonder that when we ask … Continue reading Teenagers: do you know what you want to be when you grow up?
I love, love, love this TedxTalk by Will Richardson, where he starts out asking his audience, how they like to learn: We are all learners; how do YOU … Continue reading Is your kid’s school set up to support powerful learning?
A similar version of this was published on LinkedIn, but only 4 people saw it, so I bet this is new for you… Two weeks ago, my … Continue reading 3 reasons I’ll help my kids hack their education
At our summer coding club, the students mostly explore and learn on their own, at their own pace. While they’re building relationships and communicating face to face – they interact … Continue reading Can your kids collaborate? Try this Lego exercise to find out.
Well, you can’t go from zero to 100 with people, can you? I really wanted to get the coding club working on PROJECTS, have them create … Continue reading PBL is harder than I thought.
How much time have you spent thinking about what you want for your kids’ future – and what they’ll need to get there? Recently I’ve done … Continue reading A 10-Minute Experiment for Parents
The agreed path to success for young people seems flawed, don’t you think? 1. School is out of date and not working as well as it used to. … Continue reading The agreed path to success for young people seems flawed.
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving skills are critical ‘future skills’ that our kids need to learn…but how can you measure them? How can you tell if … Continue reading Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills – how are yours?
Are jobs going to be scarce, or is the scarcity of future skills the core issue? and what does this mean for students. Continue reading Scarce Jobs? Scarce Skills? Or Both?
Can you BELIEVE the treasure trove of knowledge, ideas, learning that we have at our disposal today? It’s seriously staggering, if you’re a “grown up” like … Continue reading Drinking from the Firehose
One of the important skills for the future, which all kids need to develop (according to a growing number of researchers and forecasters), is ‘critical thinking/problem solving.’ But … Continue reading What is critical thinking, anyway?
While reading a book on parenting and homeschooling by Teri Moore a while back, this passage hit me hard: This is the book I’m talking about In America, … Continue reading Does your kid do anything that matters?
As a parent of elementary and middle schoolers, the device conundrum is hitting home! I think we’re too lax, and writing this out as a way … Continue reading Device time for my kids …and for me