Dec 22, 2021
As I sit on the platform about to jump into 2022 with a bit of hesitation and bit of unrelenting eagerness I find myself coming out of an overwhelmed and demanding November schedule only to jump into escape and retreat mode in early December. In addition to my workload, I sent my book to the editor, the kids were in the thick of all the not-fun parts of school. We created some much needed family time the last few weekends and are scurrying to take one last adventure to round out 2021. I will be rounding out 2021 hiking and reviewing what my editor called “red fairy dust” that fills my manuscript pages. Yes, I am writing a book and in Phase 2 of edits and preparing to launch this work of heart out into the world which will be a new adventure for 2022: Publishing a Book. There are 2 things you can do to help me:
1. If you would like to pre-read, give me feedback and help me launch the book into the universe you can sign up to be on my launch team. The pre-read is a great opportunity to see the behind the scenes process of writing a book. You’ll offer your thoughts and feedback on design, title, narrative, flow. The launch team simply helps to review and share the book. It can be as little or as much time as you wish to invest. To sign up for the pre-read/launch team head to https://ordinarysherpa.com/read
I came to the realization over the past decade that I’m different. I don’t have the same goals as my peers. I think differently about social problems than some of my colleagues. I didn’t put adventure on the back burner to have kids or to excel in my career. Yet for much of my life I was advised in the same way, participated in the same classes and guided down the same linear path of learning that millions of others my age have experienced. I didn’t have the language to articulate my thoughts or to frame my ideas into a defined pathway. If I mapped my journey it often resembles a few tangled strands of Christmas lights with only half the bulbs working. More often I had the “I’ll figure it out” approach. I am still curious about hundreds of things and it’s what inspired this episode. I am very much in the thick of this exploration now. Our children all attend public school and my husband is a public education teacher and we have been doing considerable supplementing and testing of “homeschool” education to determine how might we support a different approach to education. I hope this episode sparks your curiosity about how people learn, different approaches to learning and a mindset to learning that many might not be aware of.
Jenna is an experienced educator
who has worked in a variety of schools; including public, bilingual
and private schools for neurodiverse learners. Her observations in
the classroom led her to question the efficacy of classroom
learning environments and how we can do better. Her efforts to
individualize instruction for each of her students was impossible
to achieve in the confines of the system and she became numbingly
aware of the impossibility of that quest.
During this time, she also began raising two children of her own, which gave her another perspective in the world of learning - facilitating and supporting her own kids in their learning pursuits. Her life experiences and research into child development and psychology opened the doors to self-directed learning, requiring her to trust and support her children’s unique approaches to learning. She hopes to inspire her children to stay curious and follow their interests wherever they may lead. Her ultimate goal is to raise two curious humans who know how to learn, all the while building a strong community who can join her along the journey.
Jenna shared 3 resources which are linked in the show notes to help dive deeper into self directed learning and share resources for connect and answer some legal questions you might have.
Whether or not homeschooling is your thing or not, I hope this episode exposes you to new opportunities and inspires you to consider different approaches to learning. I am excited to spend much of our holiday break practicing the principles of unschooling and reconnecting as a family. If you would like to connect with Jenna, she is an amazing resource and if she doesn’t know the answer she can likely connect to someone who does.
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