The Learning Game
Teaching Kids to Think for Themselves, Embrace Challenge, and Love Learning
by Ana Lorena Fábrega
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Pub Date 05 Sep 2023 | Archive Date Not set
How did we conclude that the best way to prepare kids for the future is to cluster them into classrooms by age and grade, forcing them to learn the same things, at the same time and pace, seven hours a day, five days a week, for twelve years?
We trust the school system to prepare our kids for the future. We get excited when they get good grades, or disappointed if they don’t. But we rarely stop to question whether school is teaching our children the right things in the right way.
Kids could get good at playing the game of school, but are they really learning?
Teacher-turned-edupreneur Ana Lorena Fábrega, known by her students as Ms. Fab, invites us to rethink education.
In THE LEARNING GAME, she reveals how traditional schooling has gone wrong, and proposes a series of actionable strategies to help kids learn.
- What if we guide kids to think for themselves?
- Should we encourage kids to take risks and tackle projects of their own?
- How do we help kids learn to love learning?
Answering these questions and many more, THE LEARNING GAME will arm you with practical tools to design a new approach to learning—one that leaves behind the game of school and prepares your kids for the game of life.
“Every parent with school-aged kids should read this book! The Learning Game is packed with insights, surprises, and wisdom for raising smarter, happier, and better-adjusted children.” – Nir Eyal, Author, Hooked and Indistractable
“Profoundly simple, simply profound. Ana Lorena has the great teacher’s knack for clear communication. This is an easy-to-read, fun book of wisdom and tried-and-true ideas for teachers, parents, and anyone involved with kids and concerned with their education. It’s about how to help kids leave the “school game” and move on with the real game of learning, the great game that children are designed by nature to play.” – Peter Gray, Research Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, and Author, Free to Learn
“Ana Lorena is a teacher. She saw the system from within. She knows what’s broken. And she has a vision to fix it.” – Balaji S. Srinivasan (@balajis), Former CTO of Coinbase, and Bestselling Author, The Network State
“Ana Lorena’s new book The Learning Game should be required reading for all educators trying to reimagine how we can overhaul the antiquated methods we use in teaching our children. Kids are natural learners—but to help them supercharge it, we need to make it exciting, fun, and more about how to think rather than what to think. What if we synthesize kids’ natural curiosity, ability to question, and desire to play and have fun with a new curriculum and way of teaching? In that case, I think the results will astound us. I highly recommend this book.” – — Jim O’Shaughnessy, Founder & CEO, O’Shaughnessy Ventures LLC
“As a parent to two growing kids, Ana Lorena’s thoughts felt like a warm hug in response to my fears around schooling. I felt heard and liberated at the same time, through her suggestions and way forward. The Learning Game is a book of hope. Hope for our kids, for the future. A powerful, impactful and necessary read.” – Ankur Warikoo, Entrepreneur and Author
“In her book The Learning Game, Ana Lorena teaches us what we should’ve learned in school (but didn’t). She expertly weaves in the latest research with her own extensive teaching experience and reveals just how much school failed to prepare us for the game of life. The book includes practical strategies for kids—and adults—to help them learn better, retain more, and have fun in the process. A delightful book that turns learning into a game you can’t stop playing.” – Polina Marinova Pompliano, Author, Hidden Genius
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Wow! I had already decided on homeschooling my daughter before I read this book. After reading it I realized I made the right decision.
This book really sheds light on what goes on in the classroom and what techniques are used and allowed. I couldn't put this one down.
If you're considering homeschooling or not sure about the school system, read this book.
Thoroughly enjoyed The Learning Game by Ana Lorena Fabrega! As a homeschooling parent, I resonated with the idea that traditional schooling methods might not always align with effective learning. This book brilliantly defines actionable steps in short sections, making it an excellent resource for busy teachers, tutors, or homeschooling parents seeking practical insights. I particularly appreciated the author's take on children's gaming and screentime. The illustrations were the icing on the cake! Thank you NetGalley for sending this ebook for review consideration. All opinions are my own.