Our national politics has muddled the waters about education. Betsy DeVos holds an important position as the country’s educational leader, and yet poses the greatest threat to our democracy and education that we have seen since separate but equal was the law of the land. Our President, who should be an advocate for support […] via … More Nick Melvoin for District 4 LAUSD School Board: The Only Choice for Trustworthiness
“Creativity is… proportionate to the variables” available in an environment…Sarah Wright, Bing School. Paradoxes often reveal the truth about concepts. One grows older yet is young at heart. Energy and creativity spark intellectual growth, yet it is the pauses that allow us to connect with the profound. The more thoughtful the creation of the learning … More My Kids Taught Me About “Loose Parts”
Willems has hit on something: kids thrive on reality. … More Mo Willems and Kids
In his book, Creative Schools, Sir Ken Robinson talks of “changing metaphors” with which we envision education. He describes the industrial model as a metaphor for schooling that “locks American schools in a conceptual vice.” I offer an alternative metaphor for education: the dance of childhood. Think of yourself as one who has a body, … More The Learning Dance: Re-framing Education for the 21st Century Part 2: Leading with our Brains!
“Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn’t music.” William Stafford What do we envision as we begin our experience as teachers and school administrators? What is the framework, the picture of what we intend to create as we begin our school year in the fall? Educators and thought leaders, including Sir … More The Learning Dance: Re-framing Education for the 21st Century
How often we focus on the product of children’s work! It’s important to reflect on what children have done, to discuss our intentions and outcomes, and to plan for the future, but what about the children’s interactions during the process of creating? I’ve heard it said that teachers often use “play time” for getting chores … More Children at Play
Growing up in Los Angeles, where the weather is great all year, one takes the natural abundance of fruit and vegetables for granted. You might think that a garden is an extravagance, particularly if you are a school or if you lack a green thumb. The reality is that as parents and educators we would … More Can you afford not to have a garden?