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What a Potluck Dinner Can Teach us About How Children Learn

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Potluck dinners are a wonderful North American institution. They didn’t have them in the UK when I lived there and large dinner parties meant hard work and days of preparation for the host and hostess.  

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At a potluck the host asks people what they would like to bring and coordinates the dishes into a three course – or kore – meal for everyone. People contribute their best dish and everyone benefits from the great food.  Pot Luck dinners are less stressful, more creative and more surprising than hosting a full dinner and can lead to more enjoyment for all concerned.

How does this relate to how children learn?

Leaving your child’s education to one person, the teacher, is a recipe (no pun intended!) for disaster.  The teacher is stressed, creativity is limited, and teaching and learning can become routine and start to lack excitement. Your child only gets to eat one dish – the one the teacher has prepared.

But, just as children need more than one dish for a healthy life, they need more than one person to help them learn.  Your child needs learning support from different teachers, different tutors, and different resource, especially you.  Most of all your child needs you to coordinate all these ‘dishes’ into a wonderfully exciting learning experience that allows your child to develop his or her unique skills so that he or she has a life full of fun and opportunity.

What food for learning are you giving your child?   Talk to a Learning Leader to discover how you can provide the Potluck learning dinner your child needs.



Dr Patricia Porter

About Dr Patricia Porter

Dr. Patricia Porter holds a Ph. D from the University of British Columbia, a Masters Degree from Birmingham University, a Diploma in Special Education from the University of London and is a recipient of a Churchill Fellowship . She is a highly sought after international speaker, educator, and ambassador for maximizing children’s learning potential. Her Learning Skill Assessments are the first in the World to be offered free to all parents.

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