A Place To Learn To Learn

By Debbie Ayala I recently had a conversation with someone about what role adults play or ought to play, in a Sudbury School. In most educational settings, adults are in charge.  Adults take responsibility for the environment and education of children.  If a child/student is wasting time or acting out, Read more…

Avoiding Failure

By Jared Bean In my previous blog post, I wrote briefly about how in coercive schooling environments, students, while certainly being exposed to some valuable lessons and material, will also have ample opportunity to learn counterproductive and even harmful habits and attitudes as a consequence of participating in the system Read more…

We Learn What We Practice

By Debbie Ayala One question I am frequently asked about Self Directed Education is how children/students will learn to do hard things if they are never pushed or asked to do things which they don’t want to do?  As adults there are many things that need to be done that Read more…

Avoiding the Busy Trap

By Megan Bean Back in February, I came across an interesting article titled “The Busy Trap.”  In it, the author, Tim Kreidal, expresses his opinion on how everyone here in America seems to have this innate desire to be busy, and I wanted to share some of his insights, and Read more…

Lessons We Don’t Teach

By Jared Bean To those unfamiliar with Sudbury schools or Self-Directed Education, hearing that we do not formally teach subjects like math or reading might come as a shock. One might think that because we don’t offer crafted curriculums or employ seasoned educators who are expert in the latest and Read more…

A Typical Day

By Beverli Haroldsen What is a typical day at AVA?  At first glance, it doesn’t exist.  Our days don’t fit in a tidy little package to be placed in a day planner. No master schedule stands as sentinel, passing down arbitrary time or content demands.  Students really are free to choose Read more…