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It’s the Authentic Experience in all academic disciplines that truly make a difference in what a child will not only learn, but internalize and use.  Exposure in isolation does not have the same impact as the Authentic Experience.  Drilling for hours doesn’t come close to the impact of even a quick but Authentic hit.
Most teachers and parents are extremely busy and may overlook the quick and easy Authentic Experience for children.  One of the main focuses of this blog is a reminder about all of those wonderful Authentic Teaching moments out there.  Sometimes I’ll go into detail if I think the details are important, but usually I’ll try to just put out a quick note about anything that strikes me as a great Authentic Learning moment for kids.
My other focus will be Authentic Project Ideas and Resources for teachers.  Again, I will go into detail when the details are important, but often I’ll just relay ideas that come to me, or that I come across.

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Real Authentic Learning

Doing projects with kids is a great starting point for learning.  But the goal should be for the authentic learning experience. Following directions for an arts and crafts project, or following a recipe, is definitely great practice using reading and math.  However, if it stops there, the opportunity for real authentic learning is lost.  I … Continue reading Real Authentic Learning

The Real Spirit of the Holidays – Teaching Children About Giving

The holiday season is upon us.  (OK, I know it is early November, but the trees are going up in the stores, and the Hallmark Channel is starting with the holiday specials.)  The holiday season always reminds me of the amazing way my mother handled a situation with me when I was 12 years old. … Continue reading The Real Spirit of the Holidays – Teaching Children About Giving

Authentic Project Idea – Fall Foliage

I woke up this morning to some really beautiful red leaves in our neighborhood.  While out and about, people were commenting on how gorgeous the leaves finally were.  I had been aware that this fall we had not had the usual amount of gorgeous leaves, but really had not paid much attention to why.  My … Continue reading Authentic Project Idea – Fall Foliage

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