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Share What You Know July 1, 2010

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One of the best ways to learn is to teach.  The more you teach others, the more you increase and expand your own learning.  It’s a win/win situation.

I was thrilled to discover that Daily Good featured the amazing and generous man, Sal Khan, in their newsletter today.  I have often recommended Sal’s wonderful YouTube videos in my homeschool workshops.  Read Daily Good’s article about Sal here.

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Choose Again! June 30, 2010

Posted by Ruth in Uncategorized.
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Sometimes, we feel locked in by choices that we have made.  I created a new version of my newsletter through this WordPress blog.  I was excited to have finally found a format that was easy to use, allowed readers to comment, and enabled me to share information in a faster, simpler way.  But, something just didn’t feel right.

I struggled with posting new articles.  I was frustrated trying to maintain the events section.  I felt completely blocked.

As I thought about my new approach, something just wasn’t right.  I was aggravated with myself for announcing a new format, and then “dropping the ball.”  All this struggle, frustration and embarrassment lead to what I can only term “writer’s block.”  Blah!

Determined to get past this, I began to just observe, to try to determine the source of my discontent.  I discovered that what had been my main focus with my newsletter, providing an array of events and activities for homeschooling families, was no longer a needed service.  With the wealth of online communication forrums available, homeschoolers were connecting, forming social groups and activity planning groups.  They were networking, and learning from each other, weren’t really taking the time to read a long newsletter such as the one that I had published for many years.  Yet, I received numerous emails, letters, phone calls, and in-person comments from those who said they missed my monthly essay.

Hmmm… I still ha lots of ideveas for medium to long essays, and short blog posts.  I still love learning, because it is such an integral part of every minute of our lives, whether we realize it or not.  I still want to encourage people to discover the joy that comes from learning something new, whether it is a skill, a fact or a perspective.

One of the best things I have ever learned is that we always have options.  We can always choose again!  We can choose to change our methods, our perspectives, our actions, our attitudes and our thoughts.  I have decided to “Choose again!”

Let the learning adventure begin… again!