Changing Our Minds: How children can take control of their own learning

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Changing Our Minds: How children can take control of their own learning

Changing Our Minds: How children can take control of their own learning

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She is the mother of two and the author of several books on psychology, education and mental health.

This enables children, including those diagnosed with special educational needs, to flourish in their own time and on their own terms. Children can - and do - take charge of their own learning and, with the right adult support, experience real education as opposed to narrow, test-driven schooling.

For more details, please consult the latest information provided by Royal Mail's International Incident Bulletin. Naomi Fisher is a clinical psychologist whose first book Changing Our Minds: How Children Can Take Control of Their Own Learning is out now, published by Little, Brown. After months of CAMHS, private therapists, psychiatrists, all manner of services, being very little help and shedding very little insight into what is eating my daughter and how to help her when she can’t articulate what is going on for her, this book is a complete game changer. From this platform Dr Fisher advances the meaning of self-directed education as a fulfilment not just of the individual but also of society and an answer to the question of who we want to be.We met to discuss it in Feb 2020, in a time when there were rumours about lockdown in Italy and a strange virus. It’s not uncommon for someone to choose a job where they have few choices and no control, in the belief that this will be less stressful. This is something I always do, when something comes up that I want to really understand, I read as much as I can written from every perspective.

It’s totally understandable - everyone is tired and stressed and an alternative just isn’t known about in the mainstream! Focuses on self directed learning and towards the end of the book gives lots of useful information about how this could be carried out at home through home education. Sometimes, there is a requirement to just do the job at hand in the same way as everyone else and to very precise requirements. Tipping Points is delighted to publish the following excerpt from long time contributor Naomi Fisher.If you remember, SDT is a theory of motivation, which suggests that autonomy, relatedness and competence underpin intrinsic motivation. Many people assume that the most stressful jobs are the ones at the top, the ones where you have the power to determine the future of thousands of employees, or to steer a company away from bankruptcy. Have recommended it to 20+ people how were thinking about the effect school has on their children, or simply question some of the methods used in many schools. We stop them from playing and actively exploring their interests, telling them it's more important to sit still and listen. I've been unhappy with the education system for a while and this book has totally sealed the deal for me.

My son has just switched to home education after a tough time at school, where he felt misunderstood. Unschooling is really just doing what’s all comes naturally to myself and my children (especially my son), but without the added stress of tests and busy work and specific curriculums and subjects etc. I discovered that actually a rejection letter was a good outcome, because a lot of the time I got no response at all.

I was just amazed at how much sense it makes and how differently we should be embracing the education of our children, especially those who are neurodiverse. Naomi Fisher's book, Changing Our Minds, shows us why and how we can use other ways of living, learning and sharing knowledge with children besides the usual method: Sit down.

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