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It’s the Authentic Experience in all academic disciplines that truly makes 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 for parents and 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.
I am also very proud of my book, One School’s Journey.  This book, written by my former and forever principal and me, tells the story of our school’s journey to understand Authentic Teaching and Learning. We have had very positive feedback about the book and how it really explains what makes an experience Authentic.  It is available on Amazon – free on Kindle Unlimited!

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Authentic Project Ideas – History of Favorite Candy

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