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There is a revolution happening in education as new technology and innovative learning methods are reframing how we address the needs of students. Join Blair, Kat, and their guests for discussions on the changing face of education and the profound benefits when we shift the paradigm from how subjects are best taught, to how they are best learned.

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Show Notes Episode 2 – How Learning Best Happens: An Interview with Samantha Matalone Cook

Our hosts start this interview by asking Samantha Matalone Cook about her own academic background, including education, history, and the humanities; as well as her archaeological experiences in the UK.

Samantha talks about starting hacker and maker spaces, including Curiosity Hacked, and the interconnection of history, art, science, and technology.

Blair Lee asks Samantha about how learning best happens, leading to a powerful response about shifting the paradigm between educators and students.

Kat Hutcheson’s next question, about A Coddiwomple Education, ties in perfectly to the conversation about how learning best happens. Read the article that inspired this question here.

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Blair and Samantha are co-authoring Project Based Learning: Creating A Modern Education of Curiosity, Innovation, and Impact. The authors talk a bit about the book and their experience co-authoring. Sign up here to receive information about the book, including the Kickstarter and book release.

Sam and Blair then discuss project based learning as part of a modern education and what that means.

Upcoming speaking engagements for Samantha Matalone Cook mentioned in this episode include:

March:  Project Based Learning webinar available to members of seahomeschoolers.com.

National Council for History Education Conference

June:     Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO) Conference 

August: Homeschool Association of California (HSC) Conference 

Date TBD: SEA Homeschoolers Online Conference

Stay up-to-date on all of Samantha Matalone Cook’s speaking engagements at samanthamatalonecook.com.

The books mentioned in this episode are linked below. (These are affiliate links)

You Haven’t Taught Until They Have Learned: John Wooden’s Teaching Principles and Practices

Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything

 The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children

 Cræft: An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts

 Educated: A Memoir

Interview Guest’s Bio:

Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT, has almost three decades of experience in education, program development, and the arts and has worked with both small and large organizations to create educational programming that centers and connects the learner to concepts and skills. She has taught in classrooms and in private workshops, mentored other educators, and worked for and with many museums including the Smithsonian. To see her past and current projects, including her blog and her upcoming book on Project Based Learning and History Odyssey curriculum, please visit www.samanthamatalonecook.com.

Follow Samantha Matalone Cook on Twitter and Facebook.


Listen to our previous episode, A Homeschooling Secular Scientist: Getting To Know SEA Founder Blair Lee.

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