Making Learning Meaningful- Monica Cochran

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Published Jun 9, 2022, 9:03 AM

Making Learning Meaningful

Did you know that the best learning environment is the one where we feel safe? The relationship has to be more important in education than the content.

Monica Cochran and I explore this idea and all about making learning meaningful.

Monica is passionate about nurturing the love of learning and has vast experience helping learners of all ages enjoy learning. She has been active in alternative education since 1978, home-educated two of her children, and worked with other home-educating families both on the ground and virtually for the past 25 years. Her private practice serves families with kids who learn non-traditionally for various reasons using strength-based approaches and partners with others to facilitate workshops and courses on strength-based learning and resilience. 

Monica earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in a multi-disciplinary program in child development, social work, and early childhood education and a Master’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University in special education. She also earned a Primary Montessori Certification from the American Montessori Society and is an Advanced DIR practitioner and a provider of SSP (Safe and Sound Protocol) and the iLs Focus System of Integrated Listening Systems. She holds a K-12 Michigan teaching certificate in learning disabilities and emotional impairment. Since 1997, following her youngest son’s auto accident, she has also been active in working with survivors of traumatic brain injuries and learners with other health issues, as they redesign their lives.

In This Episode

Are you just beginning your homeschooling journey or are you looking for a refresh in your learning journey? This episode is for you. Monica and I explore what learning means, the numerous ways we learn and the learning environments we build. We dive into:

  • Making Learning Meaningful and Fun
  • Spelling & Grammar (Did you know there are over 40 ways we can support learning to spell that are not direct instruction?)
  • Supporting talents and what it means to hold space for our kids
  • Observing children's learning- not looking to fix things but observing what they already know
  • Curriculum- "Curriculum is everything a child is learning. In its broadest sense. We have to enlarge our notions of what learning looks like and our baggage around it."
  • Polyvagal Theory - The Science of Feeling Safe
  • When we bring our personal expectations into our learning environments
  • How and when learning flourishes
  • How do we help our children feel safe? Tools we can use as a parent.
  • Dealing With Meltdowns
  • Tips For When We Are Beginning Our Homeschool Journey


Monica shared a ton of fantastic resources and references on this episode!

Monica's Website- Learning Without Borders

Monica's Educational Therapy

Monica On Instagram



Personal Growth Meets Alternative Education Facebook Page


Alliance For Self Directed Education

Mr. Rogers

Pat Farenga On Honey! I'm Homeschooling The Kids~On Homeschooling And Education

Dr. Porges- Polyvagel Theory

Dr. Dan Siegel

Brain, Body, Parenting: How to Stop Managing Behavior and Start Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids~ Mona Delahooke

Our Emotional Deposits/Bank Account reference-Stephen Covey- 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People

Dr. Greenspan- Developmental,Individual Differences, Relationship-Based

3rd Grade Daze

The New Map Of Life- Stanford Report

Self Determination Theory- Deci and Ryan

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