The personal learning network for educators
Hello, welcome to blogging with Kathy. I am new to this so please give me the opportunity to grow and learn with you.
I want to write about things that I am passionate about, but that list is very long. So my blogs will vary from time to time with a focus on learning. By that I mean student learning, adult learning, and my personal learning, and everyday life lessons.
Growing up on one of Georgia’s barrier islands, near Savannah, GA and being number 4 of 8 children has given me quite a few stories to tell and some definite life lessons. Most of our learning came from experiences outdoors. I wish all children could experience the wonder of waking up to the sounds of dolphins heading up the river or the smell of salt marshes and the taste of boiled blue crabs that you caught yourself. That was true learning. If we “wondered” about something we did something about it. Instead of being stuck in front of the tv or computer games (I think PacMan was about it back then) we went exploring, crabbing, fishing, shrimping, planted vegetable gardens, had dogs, ducks, and raccoons that needed attention, projects to be started or completed, board games and card games that waited on the shelf for us along with oodles and oodles of books, comic books, and all the writing and drawing materials a child could need. We developed and used our imagination.
This is a picture taken from my niece's boat.
Now you might say, “well Kathy, things have changed a great deal since the wheel was invited and it’s not as safe these days as it was on your island”. Yes I understand that, I was not able to raise my children on that island either but I did try to stimulate their imaginations and limited their time sitting indoors when the weather was nice. Ok, I’ll get to my point about all of this. All children should have a safe environment to learn and explore, and school should be one of the best places to do just that. Instead of just covering the curriculum, why not explore it. Use our imaginations to begin discussions, connect our lessons to real life and make learning a life long adventure.