Monday, April 29, 2013

MindPooling: An Overview

What Is Mindpooling?  
MindPooling is an idea-generator and sharing platform for parents.  Every week subscribers receive updated information on interesting research, useful tools, and insightful resources about important topics related to the education and development of children.  

Because there's so much great information out there.  We can all use some extra support in helping our kids reach their full potential, but finding the best ideas and tools requires time -- lots of time!  And even when we do come across a great resource, figuring out how to apply it can be a challenge.

How Does It Work?
Each month "Teach Your Own" selects a topic related to parenting and education (for example, Meditation is the topic for May).  Each Tuesday of the month we send out an article sharing some of the most interesting and useful information available on the topic, with a list of tools, resources, and activities provided at the end.

And here's where it gets really good! After you read the article or try one of the activities, you share your thoughts, experiences, questions, and/or recommendations for related ideas and resources.  Others will be sharing as well, so the learning opportunities are rich.

Where Do I Sign Up?
The Teach Your Own page on Facebook is our primary platform, so all you need to do is visit the page and "Like" it, and you will automatically receive the weekly editions of "MindPooling".

Where Does the Term "MindPooling" Come From?
"Mindpooling" is a term my sons made up when they were working on a video game mission together and needed a way to describe their process for developing and sharing ideas.  They had never heard the term "brainstorming", so this is what they came up with.  I like it because it conveys a calmer, more cooperative process than "storming".  (And I'm using it with their permission, of course!)

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