Welcome to @ SEA with Blair & Kat, the new podcast from Secular, Eclectic, Academic!
In this episode, Kat Hutcheson requested to interview her mentor and best friend, scientist, author, and SEA Homeschoolers founder, Blair Lee, MS. Blair is a well known speaker in the homeschool community, but given their personal connection our co-hosts were able to create an interview unlike anything you’ve heard from Blair before.
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Show Notes Episode 01
As this is the first episode, our co-hosts start off with a brief introduction to @ SEA with Blair & Kat and how this podcast came to be. They then dive into a truly unique interview with Blair Lee, MS.
Kat starts with a lead in question about SEA Homeschoolers. If you’re not already a member, you can join the SEA Homeschoolers Facebook group to get to know this awesome community.
Blair then discusses her background as a scientist, some fascinating research projects she has worked on, and why secular academic advocacy is an important issue for her.
A question about Blair’s son’s favorite teacher leads to a conversation about online classes and the importance of teaching writing, as well as some class recommendations which are linked below.
Kat asks Blair about her upcoming books…and wow, it’s a lot! When discussing “Project Based Learning: Creating a Modern Education of Curiosity, Innovation, and Impact” Blair talks about the profound impact project-based learning has on students and educators who use this method. She also discusses the differences between project based learning and project based education, as well as shares some insights about her experience co-authoring this book with Samantha Matalone Cook.
Upcoming speaking engagements for Blair Lee, MS mentioned in this episode include:
March: Project Based Learning webinar available to members of seahomeschoolers.com.
We get to know Blair’s adventurous side with a story from her trip to India. You can see the picture of Blair at the Monkey Temple in Jaipur from this story in this article and read more about Blair’s exciting world travels in the Worldschoolers section of the SEA Homeschoolers blog.
Because our co-hosts are both bibliophiles each interview will close with book recommendations. The books recommended by Blair and Kat in this episode are linked below. (These are affiliate links)
Wondrous Words by Katie Wood Ray
Aunt Isabel Tells A Good One by Kate Duke
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer
Interview Guest’s Bio:
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, has been involved in science education for over two decades, first as a community college professor and secondly as a curriculum developer. She writes concept-rich, hands-on science 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. Blair 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 child’s journey through learning. Blair is the founder of Secular, Eclectic, Academic Homeschoolers and SEA Books & More.