A presentation for parents interested in unschooling, given at the LiTTLe Conference in London in 2011:
When thoughts are stuck or whirling, which way can we go? Where can we turn? What helps with natural learning, and what hinders? Can people go too far, or not far enough? Is it possible to mess this up?Below are the images and the sound file of that presentation (and a good-parts summary review by Katie Pybus who was there that day).
and change the image when it seems right to do so. The thistle/clover page stays a long time.
The introduction is by Julie Daniel. I wish to point out that to put a book in the toilet, in British English, means to put it in the bathroom. In American English, it would mean to drop it into the water in the toilet bowl. So the recommendation was to use it as a bathroom book. I think.
Corrections and clarifications:
BRUCE saved a journal from his great aunt. Bernie is his wife. I was nervous.
I asked people to translate in their heads, like unschooling to autonomous ed. Then after the conference, later, at Julie's house, Mike Fortune-Wood said that Automonous Education wasn't the same as unschooling, and never was. Well good. I hadn't thought so, but for years some Brits had said it repeatedly, "We call it Autonomous Education," or "...autonomous learning." And so for many years, there were people in the UK who were confused and frustrated.
Did you notice I said "We just let them play"? After I said to avoid "just"?
At 47:00 or so on the recording, there's something good about two people having different experiences from the same input or experience, or when people who hear me speak are all taking different information from it, and connecting things to their own experiences.
I've transcribed a part so I can find it again, from about 10:10:
If you're living in the past, that's a problem for now.
Katie Pybus, of Pulborough West Sussex, wrote of my talk that day:
The second speaker was Sandra Dodd and she spoke very articulately about living in the now. Not focusing too much on the past or planning too much for the future. She had a fabulous quote that she heard at a meeting of Alcoholics AnonymousKatie reviewed other parts of the day as well, on her blog "Outside the Box." (backup)
Another attendee wrote this of my talk:
Our next speaker Sandra Dodd put me in my place, unknowingly. A lyrical speaker she regaled us with her tales of unschooling her family and had me nodding vigorously throughout her talk 'live in the moment' 'dont' let the past bring you down' 'too much management is bad' 'wonder as it will make life more wonderful' ' live by principles rather than by rules' i could go on and on........it is about living in the now & enjoying it. Her talk was so uplifting i bought her book 'Sandra Dodds Big Book of Unschooling'
The LiTTLe Conference in London
where I also spoke in 2012, but recordings weren't made
Links to other sound files (and some videos)