The six essential elements of ‘Inspired Self-Directed learning’ can be used independently in many different ways.
1. Utilizing Hands-on Learning Materials (Pre/K-8)
Manipulatives can be utilized in traditional teacher-guided class-rooms, small-groups, individually at home, for home-schooling, or as a help for home-work, to play with, to be creative with, tore-learn and understand abstract concepts of math as an adult………..
2. Being a Learning Companion
Everyone can learn to hold space for a child’s spontaneous activities lovingly and with genuine interest: parents, teachers, grandparents, nannies and babysitters, after-school program staff, course leaders, (psycho) therapists, everyone who spends time with children….
Holding space need not happen all the time, but whenever it is appropriate for YOU personally in relation to the child.
3. Fulfilling Basic Genuine Needs
Children need movement, hydration (water-drinking), play, opportunity to make choices and timelessness in order to activate their inner learning guidance. Caregivers might not be able to fulfill all the child’s basic needs – the reasons are manifold! We all live in different circumstances. LET”S TRY TO FULFILL AS MANY BASIC NEEDS (ours and those of our children) AS WE CAN. We can take it step by step: ask yourself: What can I do today to make this a wonderful fulfilling day for the child and for me?
4. Setting Healthy Boundaries
Children need the safety of consistent boundaries. This is one of the most important basic needs. Whenever we spend time with children, we have the responsibility to hold and set healthy boundaries: Simply because we are older and have more world-knowledge and ‘common sense’. WE NEED TO ASSIST CHILDREN IN LEARNING TO DEVELOP SOCIALLY ACCEPTED AND RESPECTED BEHAVIOR.
5. Preparing YES Environments for Children
The environment is a teacher for children. We can create safe, practical and inspiring learning environments and living spaces, wherever children spend time: indoors/outdoors, in schools, at home, in hospitals, resorts, waiting rooms……………..
6. Applying ‘Non-Invasive Teaching’™
This is the most revolutionary element of InSDL. It is based on the strong believe that children want to learn, (they love to learn!), when specific conditions are given. InSDL has a huge potential to keep the joy of learning alive, because it is based on genuine interest and the child’s free will in regard to their personal learning process.