15. Building Self-Directed Learning Communities

The Essential School Sucks, #15 of 50
Theme Two: Leaving Institutional Schooling and Finding Educational Alternatives
Diane Murphy taught in public schools for 30 years before she retired early to build BigFish, an innovative self-directed learning community in Dover, NH. I had the pleasure of speaking with Diane at the FreeCoast Festival and of hearing her presentation on BigFish (https://www.bigfishnh.org/). We sat down to discuss her past experience, current efforts and passion for self-directed learning and integrating teens into the real world.
- Diane's path out of public school
- properties of natural learning
- physical costs of school
- A new model for a self-directed learning center
- Cooperation and competition can work together
- Community networking for real-world education and training
- How teens move from a school to a self-directed learning community
- Outcomes for self-directed learners
- Building online portfolios
- How public school teachers are kept in line
A Follow-Up Show With Diane:
A Year of Adjustment – With Diane Murphy of BigFish [PODCAST #705] (https://schoolsucksproject.com/a-year-of-adjustment-with-diane-murphy-o…)
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Originally Released September 18, 2017 As "[PODCAST #513] Building Self Directed Learning Communities (With Diane Murphy)"