This week’s guest on The Learning Curve is Dean Larson, Director of Access for Knowledge Learning Centers. www.accessforlearning.org
The mission of Access for Knowledge Learning Centers is to: Empower kids to know that they know by providing an environment that promotes both academic excellence and personal growth for students of all ages.
Is this something you want for your child? If so, listen to the principles and techniques you can learn and apply to benefit your child.
This week’s Learning Curve is a treasure trove of points you can apply with your child, here is an example:
Kids are becoming more aware; often more aware than most of the adults around them. Without their (prior) knowledge or consent, because of and through their awareness, they feel the feelings and think the thoughts of others. In these conditions, being forced to pay attentions can create discomfort. If the teacher is not aware of this situation, the kids become more and more bewildering to the teacher. Both the teacher and the student start to see themselves as a “wrongness.”
So, what if this awareness is a gift? Or a talent? What if it is just what the world needs? What if it won’t fit in a box? Many of the diagnoses that kids bring with them to school are simply manifestations of this. There is a kind of an ugly duckling flavor here.
We have found that ADD, ADHD, Autism, OCD, have awareness components to them. You may notice that many autistic kids have very sensitive hearing, skin, sense of smell—these are all involved with expanded awareness. What if, while being in allowance of the child, we taught him or her to understand their awareness and deal with it positively? That sensitivity then becomes a talent.
As Dean Larson says:
“To me, there is an imperative here, to keep spreading the word; to teach people that learning can be done with ease and joy. There are no “throw-away” kids, nor are the irredeemable kids. There are just kids.”
Get answers to the following:
What is Access for Knowledge
How are Access for Knowledge Learning Centers different from others?
Access for Knowledge seminars and teleclasses
How are the Access Tools used with kids?
What about really troubled kids, like those with ADD, ADHD and so on?
Education—removing the fixed points of view that affect learning
Schools—methods for working with your school
Teachers—how to enlist the teacher to be your partner in learning
Parents—exploring fixed points of view about education, past and present
Students—testing for and seeing the rightness of children, catching them doing it right
Learning—“Now that I know that I know, what do I do with it?”
Homework—ways to have it work easily and joyously, even if you don’t know the material
Kids with labels and diagnoses—ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism, OCD and more…
Gifted kids—special situations for special kids—the hidden gifted child