Empower learning choice
Absolutely loved this edition! "Wait, so I will start the hobbies now so I can continue them when I actually have time for things other than school.”
Beautifully told as well!
"“Yes, Kaitlin!” I fight back the urge to get overly excited. Pinching myself, and for a second, I imagine how my 17-year-old self would have been ignited to hear these words. "
This is SO good, Kelly Deeeee.
Also, can we get matching outer space hoodies?
“Think of it this way, your parents are giving you the key to drive your own car of education.” - Love this. What a great metaphor to get the point across to these kids.
This is so great Kelly, your passion for teaching comes alive here!
Agree with Karena, this was so good Kelly! I loved how you pulled in real-life stories and examples from your work.
I've benefited a ton from self-directed learning outside the bounds of traditional education, and your ideas clarified so much of my thinking.
Thank you for sharing!
What an amazing gift you are, Kelly, for these teenagers who are now hungry to learn, even on an earl(-ier) Monday morning
"‘So when I actually have time for things other than school.’ is not something easy to imagine coming out of her eleventh year of an institutionalized way of thinking." I feel this. I love the work you're doing with Kaitlin and others! And I really appreciate you sharing these insights with us.
Congrats on writing this piece, Kelly. Turning conventional wisdom on its head, you make us rethink education. Let's break down the monolithic school system, one passionate self-directed learner at a time.
The part that intrigued me the most was transforming academic subjects into hobbies. The next piece could discuss practical ways to do this and the potential benefits (e.g., how such a change could improve engagement, deepen understanding, and foster lifelong learning habits). You can use personal examples (like your interest in the Solar System) to show this.
P.S.: Thinking out loud, I could apply the same Subbobbies lens into my work setting, which also pops my creativity balloon quite often.