and other things from the 2010 HSC conference
Talks, notes, links, fun.
The notes are sparse, the talks are long, even though that first one ends abruptly.
Unschooling: How to Screw it Up
Michaelangelo said that to carve his statue of David, he just chipped away everything that didn't look like David. Or maybe he didn't say that. But clearly that's what he ultimately did. Here will be ideas to help you chip away what doesn't look like unschooling. It's not as difficult as you might think.
Found this quote on Joyce Fetteroll's page, with my name on it:
One easy way to decide how to be is to picture clearly what would make things worse, and then not do that. —Sandra Dodd
Partnerships and teams in the family
Below are notes for this one. You can download a file, if you would rather listen elsewhere.
My mom was not my partner. I was her foe. I was her rival.
You made your bed; now lie in it.Those statements, in that tone, are made to separate, to isolate, to "win."
When there will be one winner and one loser, between a parent and child, between a husband and wife, between best friends, then both lose.
"Conscious, continuous and mindful partnership. It doesn't do any good to be their partner once a week." (Sometimes I say a thing I hadn't written down in advance. )
34:20 "Water handed to you nicely is a lot nicer than water slammed at you and sloshed."
Seeing and avoiding adversarial relationships. Nurturing partnerships with spouses or significant others, and with our children.
Ask "what is your relationship with your child?" The boss? The friend? VARIES depending on project—sometimes I'm the coach or the lead. Sometimes I'm not. Sometimes I'm a stagehand. Sometimes I'm the soloist. Sometimes my child is the soloist.
What happens with partners is that when one is the soloist, the others still sing backup, or sit in the audience supportively, and meet them at the stage door, figuratively or literally.
Also at that conference, Kirby and I were interviewed for a long time, and I'll bring a link to a place to buy that, I hope. A little of it made it into a documentary called Class Dismissed: A Film about Learning Outside of the Classroom, and the same site has (might still) an option to get the individual interviews, whole. (Here: scroll down; buy for $3, rent for $2)
Other presentations that weekend, links and notes, but no recordings:
Writey-Drawey: A pencil and paper game
Writey-Drawey is a game for several players at once, involving pencils and paper (to be provided). Players will need to read some, and have legible printing (because some people can't read cursive writing). For those too curious to wait, there are directions and samples here: /writey
Oaths, Curses and Words that Can't Be Used
Cultural taboos involving words, and some history of "bad words."
Connect the Dots
Connecting the dots, literally and figuratively. Come and work on your model of the universe. Materials will be provided, and we'll use "Thinking Sticks" for part of the workshop. The theme will be water. If you have obstacles to dot-connecting, bring those too.
Water, flowing off a mountain—where does it go? Partly depends how much of it there is. (quote the thing from Hawaii about coral bouncing up on mountains)(I wish there was a recording of that one, but there doesn't seem to be.)
Other projects and writings for HSC other recordings other interviews