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The Parent Scoop - bringing research and knowledge to parents, from parents.

Hosted by Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher, Ed.D., education professor and mom of two. 

The Parent Scoop is produced by Marko Kucher (Ameena's husband and partner). The podcast's theme music - Jazz Baba - features their teenage son, Josef Kucher, on guitar. The artwork for the podcast was created by their daughter, Laila Kucher, in collaboration with her dad.

Oct 6, 2020

In this episode, we explore how children learn from play, risk-taking and failure. We’re joined by parents, Jennifer Oxman Ryan, PhD (senior project manager and researcher on Project Zero’s Pedagogy of Play initiative at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education),  and Jake Ryan (Founder and Director of the Open Bench Project, a maker space in Portland, Maine.). We explore the world of  maker spaces, which allow for risk-taking and failure as important ways to learn and grow, and how parents can take a more playful disposition to parenting. 

***Episode Notes***

  • Play and maker-centered learning
  • Cultivating agency, curiosity, wonder and empathy
  • Letting kids take the lead
  • Risk taking and failure
  • Being good at being bad
  • Playful parenting
  • Engaging with difference
  • Reflections on sending your kid off to college (in a pandemic)