Claudia L’Amoreaux supports self-directed and aspiring self-directed young people and their families through her one-on-one coaching practice, Learning Conversations. Through Learning Conversations with Claudia, young people discover how to direct their own learning and practice the skills needed to thrive as self-directed, interconnected learners. Parents explore how to create the dynamics of mutual trust that support collaborative, co-inspiring relationships with teens and with younger children.
Most academic tutoring focuses on helping young people master particular subjects. Learning Conversations focus attention not only on mastering particular topics and skills, but on the process of learning itself and learning-how-to-learn.
Learning Conversations coach Claudia L’Amoreaux creates a supportive dynamic that encourages trust, reflection, critical thinking, intrinsic motivation, and a deeper sense of confidence and well-being.
One of the most valuable skills Claudia offers is the ability to help a learner reflect on his/her own learning process… Learning-how-to-learn is the life skill I consider most valuable in a fast-changing world… -Jan Hailey, parent
The practice of the Learning Conversation influences a young person’s inner dialogue by modeling a clear, non-judgmental coaching voice. Over time, the Learning Conversation helps a young person to become his or her own learning coach—by practicing with their coach, they learn how to talk themselves through their own learning events. They make the successful transition to self-directed learners.
Possible areas of focus for young people include:
- Identifying interests and passions
- Designing a personal learning plan
- Goal setting and non-judgmental self-assessment
- Organizations skills and tools
- Time design
- Research and writing strategies
- Communication—positive self-talk and social interaction
- Mindfulness and stress reduction resources and support
- Emotional Intelligence
- The science and habits of happiness
- Self-advocacy skills
- Interest-based online learning opportunities (e.g. MOOCs, learning communities)
- Apprenticeship, travel learning, single semester programs, and early college
- Rites of passage for teens
- Gap year options, program design, and regular support
Possible areas of focus for parents include:
- Supporting an aspiring self-directed learner
- Transitioning from school to unschooling or homeschooling
- Transitioning from unschooling or homeschooling to school or higher ed
- Compassionate communication and the biology of love
- Navigating the complexities of technology in the home
- Is there such a thing as life balance?
- Modeling learning-how-to-learn
- Designing a family learning plan
- Strong self-organizing and troubleshooting capabilities
- Enhanced awareness of time and timelines
- Increased emotional intelligence and resilience
- Improved ability to monitor and cope with life and relationship stresses
- Well-being strategies
- Growth mindset
- Skillful intra- and interpersonal communication
- Appreciation for her/his imagination and creativity
- Deepened connection to the natural world
- Strong sense of efficacy
- Confidence in capacity to contribute to the Greater Good
For the initial session, Claudia meets with the young person and a parent (or guardian) or sponsor.
After the first session, Claudia meets one-to-one for a weekly 50-minute session with the teen or tween. Later in the week, participants are invited to an open “office hour” for informal coaching with the other one-on-one coaching participants. The office hour gives participants an opportunity to co-learn with peers. This session is optional. Participants can reach out via email any time with questions and concerns. Claudia will respond to email within a day.
All sessions are via video.
Preferred platforms are: Skype and Google Hangout. Participants will be given a private URL for video office hours.
A computer with webcam and microphone with a high-speed internet connection are required.
|Initial 20-minute consultation||No Charge|
|Initial parent-teen/tween consultation||$150|
|Monthly Fee for 1-to-1 Learning Conversations |
(four weekly 50-minute one-to-one sessions a month, plus four weekly "office hours")
- One-to-one coaching requires a 3-month minimum commitment (very limited spaces available).
- Payment for the first month is due prior to the first one-to-one Learning Conversation.
- The first month includes the Initial consultation and the Monthly fee (pro-rated as needed)
- Following months are pre-billed.
- You are invited to schedule a 20-minute call (no charge) to confirm that Learning Conversations one-to-one coaching is a good fit for you and your teen or tween.