This is a big topic ranging from educational psychology to cognitive development and from teaching styles to learning styles and much more. But to put it simply:
Acquiring information is only the first step of learning.
Scott likes to say that you can read all the books in the world and still not know how to ride a bicycle. We do believe knowledge is power, but facts without understanding is just trivia. It’s the difference between knowing and doing.
Below you can see one of the learning models that we love. It’s called “Bloom’s Taxonomy for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment.” Whew! That a mouthful. You can see that the goal isn’t to learn facts, it’s to take all those facts, add them together, and create something new. In other, other words, insight and inspiration (dreams) rarely come from pieces of knowledge but comes from adding two things together. Or as Dr Sara likes to say, “The Gestalt.”
Instead of just acquiring information, we are teaching kids how to teach themselves. They are learning to learn. The fancy word for this is “metalearning.” A few types that we are focusing on are:
- Learning through play: This approach gives children a choice about what they want to do. It feels fun because it is driven by the child’s own motivation to explore in a risk-free environment. Play actually encourages “mistakes” as a path to learning. Thus they learn that when all else fails, there is no better advice than to just get up and do it!
- Discovery Learning (Inquiry-based learning): This approach is all about stimulating a student’s curiosity. A lot, if not all, learning begins with questions and ends, not in answers, but more questions. The great teacher, Socrates, comes to mind. This approach allows students to dive deep into their own areas of interest. And, best of all, student’s tend to embrace concepts that they have discovered for themselves.
- Cooperative Learning: This involves working in groups (small teams), where students with different abilities help each other, and which also exposes students to differing points of view. It’s the power of collaboration. And, who doesn’t need to learn how to play nicely with others!?
Teaching Optimistic Thinking
Now you can see how in our book, Dream It, we set out to harness the natural power of children’s imaginations to teach them how to discover what they are passionate about, and help them find their inspiration to turn their dreams into reality. Thus developing this most important skill of childhood to build a foundation of passion for their future. To do this, the Playbook uses visually stimulating and interactive exercises to tackle dreams from every angle: from conceptual to feeling to playing. And, it is designed for a variety of learning and teaching styles, and filled with unique emotional exercises to connect students to their passion. You could say what we are really teaching is optimistic thinking, hope, faith, perseverance (grit) and a growth mindset.
Some of our goals for the Dream It Playbook include:
- To inspire imagination of the “impossible” and thinking outside of the box
- To create the foundation of a life goal and the self-motivation to take action to live that life to the fullest
- To encourage attitudes that are hopeful, open-minded, cooperative and forward thinking
- To provide kids a method and platform to share their thoughts, feelings and ideas
- To provide a tangible way for parents and children to bond over life values and goals
- To inspire your children to be the creators of their own destiny
- To create a memory that will become a cherished family heirloom
- To teach parent’s how to dream. That’s our #1 comment — how much the parents learn, too.
- To facilitate social and emotional learning, particularly in the area of self-awareness
- To provide a useful tool for working with kids in educational and therapeutic disciplines
- To create an experiential learning opportunity to develop basic life skills like: creativity, critical thinking, reading, writing and more
- To provide insight into student’s learning styles and personality
- We are very proud to present this book. It represents a lifetime of dreams in a tangible form.
- Since we don’t live in the world alone, it’s essential that kids not only learn how to dream but also how to play with others. When it comes to making dreams a reality, history proves this true because even something as simple as an ice cream cone was the result of two people working together.
- If groups want to use the book in the classroom, a workshop, or even a birthday party, students will get a chance to put these skills to practice and share and collaborate dreams with their classmates.
Pictured at the top: The aftermath — hundreds of drawings of dreams — from our “Dream Club” workshop. This is where we put our ideas to the test. More about the workshop.