Blair Lee, MS

Blair Lee, MS

Blair Lee, MS earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Master’s degree in Chemistry at the University of California San Diego. Blair is the author of The Science of Climate Change: A Hands-On Course, the primary author for the critically acclaimed REAL Science Odyssey Series, and co-author of Project-Based Learning: Creating a Modern Education of Curiosity, Innovation, and Impact. She has been involved in science education for over two decades, first as a community college professor and secondly as a curriculum developer. Blair writes concept-rich, hands-on courses that include mainstream science presenting the accepted facts, theories, and models as would be recommended by the majority of practicing experts in each field of science. She is a passionate advocate of innovative academics where the focus is on how subjects are best learned. Through her speaking and writing, her goal is to empower educators to dare to be innovative and create something unique and academically-rich when handcrafting their students’ education. Blair Lee, MS is the founder of Secular, Eclectic, Academic Homeschoolers and SEA Books & More. The SEA Community has been asking Blair to teach online classes for years. With her son, whom she homeschooled from 1st grade through high school graduation, now thriving in college, Blair is excited to start SEA Online Classes and have the opportunity to support homeschoolers around the world on their own unique journeys through learning.

June 25, 2021
2:00pm EST/11:00am PST

The Learner's Toolbox: Metacognitive Skills

Too often educators (inside the home and out) solely focus on the subjects and disciplines students will learn. But what about learning how to learn? Learning is an art and a skill. And with its focus on the individual learner, there is no better environment to scaffold learners so that they become adept at how they, as a unique individual, process and access knowledge, information, and skills.

Metacognition is one’s ability to use prior knowledge to plan a strategy for approaching a learning task, take the necessary steps to problem solve, reflect on and evaluate results, and modify one’s approach as needed. Metacognition helps learners choose the right cognitive tool for the task and plays a critical role in successful learning. (TEAL Center)

Metacognition is an essential skill for lifelong learners.Using the analogy of prior knowledge as a toolbox, students with strong metacognitive abilities have a full toolbox to use for any given situation. As you plan for the coming year, why not work with your children to learn how they learn. And while you do it, work on their metacognitive skills. This session will focus on instructional strategies you can incorporate into the coming school year, so that students will be able to plan more efficiently before approaching a task, monitor their own understanding, and have a better feel for which academic knowledge, information, and skills are best suited for the task.

June 26, 2021
2:00pm EST/11:00am PST

Handcrafting High School

Oh No! The dreaded “H” word (and I don’t mean handcrafted)! If there is one thing that causes homeschooling parents to panic it is the thought of homeschooling through high school. What if we get it wrong? What if we somehow fail our children, and they cannot … cannot … cannot … wait, cannot what exactly? How is it that we as homeschoolers fall into this trap so common to traditional school parents?!? Why I sometimes wonder, even though I did it myself, do we continue to perpetuate the myth that there is one known path that will guarantee our children’s ability to be successful as adults. We only have to look around us to know that’s not true. We all know people who are very happy and well-adjusted who never spent one day in college. We all know people who are desperately unhappy who have advanced college degrees. Don’t get me wrong. I value education a lot actually. My husband would tell you I value it more than most people. My point is that there is no one path, because every child is an individual; every path is going to be individual.

The high school years are both the best years to homeschool because of where teens are at cognitively, and well… you are still dealing with a teen ;-). This talk will focus on the basics you need to know if you plan on homeschooling high school. I will help you decide when and where to embrace the alternative, how to write a syllabus & course descriptions & transcripts, service work, pursuing passions, the ACT/SAT or maybe not, community college – or not, how to make these years matter academically in a way that brings meaning to you student and family, and more.

June 27, 2021
4:10pm EST/1:10pm PST

Ask a Scientist

Do you or your students have a question you would like to ask a scientist? Join our panel of scientists, Blair Lee, M.S., John Suchocki, Ph.D., and Dr. Daniel Fried, for this open Q&A.
This is an all ages session.