Think like a . . .
At the heart of The Brave Learner are the twelve Superpowers. These Superpowers can be used to bring about an intimate encounter with all manner of subjects, skills and topics:
- The Four Forces of Enchantment—Surprise, Mystery, Risk and Adventure
- The Four Capacities for Learning—Curiosity, Collaboration, Contemplation and Celebration
- The Four Ports of Entry—Mind, Body, Heart and Spirit
When it comes to applying the superpowers, Julie offers a powerful reframe for thinking about how you bring education to your children:
Today's students need to be able to think and interpret, not just recite. That thinking ought to follow the pattern of the field. Take history. What is it to think like a historian, rather than merely to study and recite history?
As home educators, we know that education is not about simply "getting through the material." What we are hoping to foster is a relationship with learning.
Applying the Superpowers
The specifics of what you do will vary depending on your children and the subject. There are no right or wrong ways to apply the Superpowers!
The key is to give yourself permission to experiment. Allow yourself the freedom and grace to try things that don't work in order to discover the things that do!
Each Superpower provides an additional lens, giving you a new "way into" a subject you might not have been aware of before.
- Ask questions—get curious!
- Make the connection tactile at first—are there games or hands-on activities you can use to introduce a concept?
- Rote learning should follow understanding—avoid memorization without meaning.
- Use textbooks in new ways—let the textbook be a guide, not a taskmaster.
- Study by topic—don't be afraid to go off the sequential path and go deep at times!
- Collaborate—where might coming along side your child support their learning process?
Thoughts to Ponder
When learning gets stiff and lifeless, apply a Superpower to the subject:
- Does it need a dose of enchantment? Maybe a little Vitamin C? Or a more whole-hearted approach?
Try the following:
- Use the worksheet pages on 49-60 of the Brave Learner Companion Guide to brainstorm ideas for Poetry Teatime, Read Aloud Time, Jot it Down, Free Writing, Math and Science, Art and Nature, Global Citizen, History, Cross-Cultural Studies, and Games. Use these ideas as a jumping off point, not a final destination!
- Freewrite in your Scatterbook™ about what it might look like to "think like a . . ." for a particular subject. Consider what might attract those who invest their lives studying the subject. How would they approach their explorations? Are there elements you can bring into your homeschool?
- Check out other Master Class lessons where we explore what it is like to "Think Like A . . ."
Posted August 1st, 2019
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