“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.”
– Albert Einstein, 1921
Something about hearing the word “e-learning” one million times, got me thinking.
As a youngin, I used to love this time of year. The anticipation of returning back to school was a feeling I looked forward to every August. I couldn’t wait! One of my favorite childhood memories was going to Pharmore and Venture for school supplies shopping with my mom.
Five Star notebooks, Dr. Grip pens, book covers, a new pencil case, and Eddie Bauer backpacks were all on the list. Oh, and Dr. Martins to go with my new uniform. I can’t forget about those.
However, the true excitement was in knowing I was going to learn along with note-taking. I took copious notes.
Feeling a strong sense of nostalgia with all this back to school business, I thought to myself:
Why not sign myself up for some adult e-learning.
And voila! Lauren’s School for Continuing Education and Becoming Wiser was born!
I have created a curriculum for myself in an effort to educate myself on topics that I find interesting.
Each month I will tackle four subjects if you will.
The categories I chose to concentrate on are:
The focus will be on courses and workshops that will enhance my knowledge of all aspects of blogging for business and content creation. Categories will include social media, Pinterest, pitching, writing, and marketing.
The focus will be on postures, philosophy, anatomy, breathing, and the history of yoga.
Human and World Studies
The focus will be on anything that can help me better understand humans and the world we live in. Categories will include history, culture, sociology, language, human/civil rights, and travel.
The focus will be on courses or workshops that pertain to my hobbies and interests. Topics will include gardening, plants, writing, fashion, and cooking.
*If you were to create a cirriculum of your own, think about what your dying to learn more about. What interests you? Cooking, foreign languages, starting a business, taking on a musical instrument, home renovation, drawing, the Ottoman Empire…anything goes!
For the month of August, my curriculum is as follows:
Blog/Content Creation: Jenna Kutcher’s Pinterest Lab
This course is designed to help master the art of using Pinterest. Did you know that Pinterest is not a social media platform, but a search engine? Pinterest is one of the best tools out there for bloggers and content creators. I look forward to learning all about it and boosting our traffic using this tool!
Yoga: James Nestor’s audiobook, Breath, The New Science of the Lost Art.
Breathing is a function that none of us can live without. However, there are ways to breathe better that will have us living better lives. I’m excited to learn more about breath not only for myself but for my students as well.
Human and World Studies: White Fragility by Robin Di Angelo
When I researched which book would be best to read first to help understand systemic racism, Di Angelo’s book was top rated. It is opening my eyes and mind wider than I thought it would. I highly recommend it.
Personal Growth: Ron Finley’s Masterclass on Gardening
My admiration for my plants and garden has grown over the last several months, along with my desire to learn more about them. With the help of Hilton Carter, I have successfully learned how to propagate plants! EEEK! So exciting! And with the guidance of Ron, aka The Gangsta Gardener, I am going to learn all about soil and how to best grow my own food.
In an effort to help his local communities, Ron brought gardens to some of the worst areas in LA – he’s my gardening guru and hero.
The world is our oyster. Every day we have the possibility to learn about anything and everything we want. That’s the beauty of being alive.
If you were to create a curriculum for yourself or commit to a workshop, what would it be?
Tell me in the comments below – I love hearing about other people’s interests!