education

PODCAST | Keep Calm & F#ck Finding Your Passion

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PODCAST 009 NOW AVAILABLE!!

2021 has arrived with the ‘new year, new me’ mantra everywhere. Millions of human tubes with teeth are inspired with resolutions andΒ  following advice like ‘find your passion.’

That’s just shitty advice.

In short, telling people to find their passion could suggest that it is within you just waiting to be revealed. It is not. Telling people to follow their passion suggests that the passion will do the lion’s share of the work for you. It will not.

We take a look at the the effects of fixed and growth mindsets on learning, curiosity, and motivation.

The intro music is from Mr.Gnome; an alternative are rock married duo from Cleveland, Ohio.

Listening time: 23 minutes

Full findings on Implicit Theories of Interest available here.

PODCAST | It’s All About The 6th Grade (AUDIO ONLY)

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PODCAST 006 NOW AVAILABLE!!

In this curious conversation, we get a glimpse of how compulsory school (K – 12) has been impacted by COVID-19, how both students and teachers always have a lot to learn, and how being able to ask for help is a sign of courage, all told through the eyes of a sixth grader.

Special Guest: Lily Kalin

Lily is a 12 year old, sassy, sixth grader who is brilliant, a voracious reader, and is making the best of these trying times during the pandemic. She is a class act, has an unbridled curiosity, and above all, is my adorable niece.

This podcast also includes intro music from Mr. Gnome; an alternative art rock married duo from Cleveland, Ohio. Inspired by a taste for the surreal, Cleveland’s Mr. Gnome has been creating a distinctive brand of hypnotic, gritty space-psychedelia since 2005.

Listen, stream, download their music.

Listening time: 35 minutes

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“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”

Did Mark Twain actually say that? Maybe. Either way this sentiment resonates with new strength now. Especially with schools closed all over the world to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

For many, the isolation (self-imposed or otherwise) represents an opportunity. To rediscover the value of education: not the kind directed by an institution, but the kind that runs on one’s own steam.

(continue reading at Open Culture)

Need inspiration for fueling your own curiosity? Learn how Leonardo da Vinci strengthened his curiosity on staycurious.org Podcast Episode 001!!