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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

That reminds me...

"That reminds me..."

That's all it takes. If one thing makes you think of another thing, you form a connection between them in your mind. The more connections you have, the better access you have to cross-connections. The more things something can remind you of, the more you know about it, or are learning about it.

Flat representations can't show these connections. Neither could an elaborate three-dimensional model, because when you consider what a thing is or what it's like, you not only make connections with other concepts, but experiences and emotions. You will have connections reaching into the past and the future, connections related to sounds, smells, tastes and textures. The more you know about something, the more you can know, because there are more and more hooks to hang more information on—more dots to connect.

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photo by Sandra Dodd, of a gate at Yarrow Manse
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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Connections and cross-connections



If one thing makes you think of another thing, you form a connection between them in your mind. The more connections you have, the better access you have to cross-connections. The more things something can remind you of, the more you know about it, or are learning about it.

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photo by Sandra Dodd

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Concepts, experience and emotions


When you consider what a thing is or what it's like, you not only make connections with other concepts, but experiences and emotions. You will have connections reaching into the past and the future, connections related to sounds, smells, tastes and textures. The more you know about something, the more you can know, because there are more and more hooks to hang more information on—more dots to connect.

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photo by Sandra Dodd
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Friday, June 7, 2024

Cross-Connections

If one thing makes you think of another thing, you form a connection between them in your mind. The more connections you have, the better access you have to cross-connections. The more things something can remind you of, the more you know about it, or are learning about it.

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icy-web photo by Cathy Koetsier

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

More and more connections


Each idea, object, concept, person, song, motion—anything you can think of—has personal associations for you. You have an incalculable mass of connections formed in your brain and will make more today, tomorrow, on the way home, and in your sleep.
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photo by Ester Siroky

Saturday, September 11, 2010

A state of curiosity


In early 2008, sharing some interesting connections that had happened at our house, I wrote:
That all 'just happened,' but it happened because we've been building up to it with our whole lives and our whole style of communicating and living together in a constant state of open curiosity.
. . . .
Once you start looking for connections and welcoming them, it creates a kind of flow that builds and grows.


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Photo by Sandra Dodd
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Monday, March 2, 2020

Not all, but more


Connections won't be the same for any two people, but talking about those connections will help our children, and us, understand more and more of everything. We can't know all of everything, but we can know more of everything.

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photo by Jo Fielding
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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Personal connections

Each idea, object, concept, person, song, motion—anything you can think of—has personal associations for you. You have an incalculable mass of connections formed in your brain and will make more today, tomorrow, on the way home, and in your sleep.


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photo by Sandra Dodd
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Saturday, December 24, 2022

Rejoice

Connections and parodies, comparisons and contrasts—learning is all about seeing what is like what, and how an image, idea or object can apply or fit where.

Don't be afraid of happy connections and rearrangements. Rejoice!

Webs, nets, connections
Robbie Prieto's nativity scene, once upon a time;
photo by Colleen Prieto, his mom

Saturday, December 18, 2010

More of everything

Connections won't be the same for any two people, but talking about those connections will help our children, and us, understand more and more of everything. We can't know all of everything, but we can know more of everything.


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photo by Sandra Dodd
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Learning is all connections


Learning is all connections—
associations, patterns, and relationships.

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photo by Sandra Dodd, in Tissington
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Friday, November 11, 2011

More of everything

Connections won't be the same for any two people, but talking about those connections will help our children, and us, understand more and more of everything. We can't know all of everything, but we can know more of everything.


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photo by Sandra Dodd
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Monday, November 1, 2021

Your individual self

There is a hanging lamp at our house, in the entryway. It reminds me of restaurant furnishings of the southwestern U.S. in the late 1960s and '70s. It's iron, with sheets of colored glass, in blue and amber. It makes it easy for me to remember that the house was built in the early 1970s.

The associations I have with this lamp won't match those of my children, who have seen it most of their lives. Even my husband, also from New Mexico, probably has other thoughts and connections. Visitors, depending on their ages and experiences, will see it and images or words might come to them.

It's good to know that the pictures in your head are your own, and the connections that go with them. Your children's experiences and views of the world are their individual own selves'.

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photo by Sandra Dodd

Friday, September 27, 2019

Connections build and grow

Once you start looking for connections and welcoming them, it creates a kind of flow that builds and grows.


Once you start looking for connections...
photo by Amy Cromwell

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Welcome connections


Once you start looking for connections and welcoming them, it creates a kind of flow that builds and grows.

Once you start looking for connections...
photo by Jo Isaac
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Saturday, September 11, 2021

Shapes and meanings

Toddlers want to name things. They're learning words. This picture might show a circle and a square.
For an older child, thoughts might be about "window" or port hole or whether it's still a window if you can't see through it.

Some adults might think about materials or purposes, and others about what plant is portrayed and why.

Things are seen at different levels and depths by different people in different circumstances. Connections are made to prior imagery and knowledge in each viewer. Thoughts of what something is or isn't, and ideas about what it is like or unlike, are the thoughts learning is made of.

That's how learning works.

Connections: How Learning Works
photo by Sandra Dodd
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Saturday, January 29, 2022

Doing and thinking

Learning to see learning is a process. It's part of deschooling, for the parents.

When learning starts to show, in its natural state, you will see that children are processing what they do and what they think about what they've done. They'll be making connections to everything else in their history and surroundings, to other experiences and imaginings.

When unschooling begins to really flow, the process of learning is the processing of experiences and connections.

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photo by Nina Haley

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Once you start looking...

Once you start looking for connections and welcoming them, it creates a kind of flow that builds and grows.

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photo by Chrissy Florence
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A flow that builds and grows

Once you start looking for connections and welcoming them, it creates a kind of flow that builds and grows.


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photo by Sandra Dodd, of the Rio Chama near Abiquiu

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Associations

LEARNING

Where do thinking and knowing turn to learning? Right at the edges, where you think something new, or know something different. Learning comes from connecting something new to what you've already thought or known.

ASSOCIATING ONE THING WITH ANOTHER

What scents, stories, emotions, visions do you associate with your mother? Your first pet? Your newest car? Ohio? Candy canes?

Each idea, object, concept, person, song, motion—anything you can think of—has personal associations for you. You have an incalculable mass of connections formed in your brain and will make more today, tomorrow, on the way home, and in your sleep.



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photo by Sandra; Pune, Maharashtra, India