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Moms (and Dads), Go Back to School!

September 13, 2009

This is my first time. Despite being a compulsive lifelong writer, I am a blogging virgin. It’s not that I don’t have anything to say, just that I always wondered: a) who would care, and b) how I would find the time to do one more thing.

I didn’t feel compelled to blog until yesterday when a random search for something else led me to information about Obama’s Moms Go Back to School financial aid program and I realized that I do have something to say about what students need (besides money) to be successful in school.

For more than two decades I’ve been researching what makes learning fun, surveying people of all ages about what was fun–and not fun–about their learning experiences. During those two decades, I was also a student, an adult learner earning bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees while working fulltime and parenting. Now I continue to work with adult learners in my position as a teacher of teachers and teachers-in-training.

I haven’t been blogging, but I have been writing: thousands of journal pages about my experiences as a teacher and as a student, and what I plan to do here is
to share insights I’ve culled from them, along with wisdom I’ve collected from other students and teachers, ideas that will help you get back in school, stay in school, and successfully transition to life after school.

Whatever your age or gender or parenting status, the six themes of fun in learning that I’ve translated into the “six secrets of success in school,” will help you be a bettter student whether you’re just beginning or are in graduate school.

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