19 episodes

On the Element is Everything podcast, Terri Novacek connects with educators, parents, researchers, and authors to share, debate, and collaborate strategies for today to prepare for health, wealth, and happiness tomorrow.Each month Terri and the team will focus on a different topic as it relates to beliefs and behaviors which help you discover and develop your Element and help others do the same.

Element Is Everything Terri Novacek

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On the Element is Everything podcast, Terri Novacek connects with educators, parents, researchers, and authors to share, debate, and collaborate strategies for today to prepare for health, wealth, and happiness tomorrow.Each month Terri and the team will focus on a different topic as it relates to beliefs and behaviors which help you discover and develop your Element and help others do the same.

    Heading for Open Waters: A Reflection on the Purpose of School

    Heading for Open Waters: A Reflection on the Purpose of School

    Imagine your children waking each day, knowing what they are going to do and how they need to go about doing it. You've prepared them and the environment so well, they hum along in their work driven by curiosity and fueled by discovery.  They tackle the “boring stuff” with patience and overcome challenges with optimism.  They learn things you never even knew or may have forgotten.  These are the characteristics of self-determined learners.  

    Today we discuss the purpose and function of learning and how to let go of the edge of outdated conventional practices to swim in the waters of self-determined learning. 

    • 33 min
    If I Only Had a Brain - Using Multiple Brains for Better Decisions

    If I Only Had a Brain - Using Multiple Brains for Better Decisions

    Follow your heart, use your head, trust your gut.  Which is a person to do? 
    The neuroscience behind mBraining and Multiple Brain Integration Techniques (mBiT) tells us to do them all. A discussion with Lisa Blackett, certified mBIT coach and trainer, tells us how.  

    • 29 min
    Make Time to Find Your Element

    Make Time to Find Your Element

    Connor Swenson discusses the Make Time Framework to manage the forces that compete for our time. 

    • 35 min
    Redefining Success

    Redefining Success

    Scott Schimmel, Founder, and CEO of You School walks us through the process of identifying what success looks like and explains why it is different for everyone.  "Where do you go to figure yourself out?" 

    • 33 min
    Learning as a Fountain, Not a Drain

    Learning as a Fountain, Not a Drain

    Dr. Yong Zhao, award winner and author of hundreds of articles and thirty books on education, talks about the need for a new paradigm for assessment, technology, and the purpose of education.

    • 34 min
    All Is Not Lost When There is Play

    All Is Not Lost When There is Play

    Play is self-determined learning at its best, Peter Gray author of Free to Learn states, nature does not turn off our desire and capacity to learn when children turn five or six, we turn it off with our coercive system of schooling. In this episode, Terri speaks with Dr. Gray on the history and value of play, parenting styles, his definition of play, and the concept of learning loss.

    Resources:
    Free to Learn

    Social Media
    Peter Gray Facebook

    Blog:
    Psychology Today Blog

    Four new collections of essays:
    Tipping Points Press

    • 44 min

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