Connections Over Compliance
Release Date: 05/20/2020
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This is such a powerful episode!
In it we talk about many of the issues that we're facing... living through a pandemic, and we aim to provide hope, specific strategies, and practical ideas of how we might transition to and reimagine what education will look like in the future.
I learned so much, I have pages of notes and in fact, within an hour of recording this episode, I was already sharing what I've learned. Here's a quick example...
Right at the start of our conversation Lori shared three things the brain just can't take, meaning things that will impact across any age our ability to learn, our ability to thrive:
- chronic unpredictability
- emotional or physical restraint
Listen now and learn what you can do!