“On ne voit bien qu’avec le coeur.” –Antoine de Saint-Exupéry When one thinks of teaching science, one often becomes overwhelmed with the idea and responsibility of topics and the mass of information changing almost daily. Many schools today hire special science specialists creating curriculum that adds to the daily lessons about reading, writing, social studies, … More Science Education: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.”
“Once we accept that a living creature has feelings and suffers pain, then by knowingly and deliberately inflicting suffering on that creature, we are guilty, whether it be human or animal.”–Dr. Jane Goodall As educators we know that the true name of the animal in the title of this essay is “sea star,” and most … More It matters to the starfish…
No one has been a better steward of our world than Vivan Gussin Paley, who left us on July 26, 2019. As a very young teacher and mother, I discovered her work, beginning with Wally’s Stories. Paley worked with young children, many of them challenged with emotional wounds from their home lives. She spent her … More Vivian Gussin Paley: Helping our world through listening to children.
(Photo from National Archives) I will never forget the gaze of those human beings with such emaciated bodies. As a little girl, I saw newsreels of concentration camp victims. These were people whom I knew were connected to me in some way, although no one I knew personally was part of that horrific tragedy. Perhaps … More It’s not about politics, and it matters.
My friends amaze me. One wonderful friend has taken up the mantle of writing a Facebook post every day for a year. Each post begins with a haiku she has written, and contains a carefully chosen photo, along with her insightful reflection for the day. It’s an inspiring personal project. I hope you will check … More Stories: Our Human Connection
Deb Curtis does it again with an amazing extension of her large library of books for early childhood educators. But this book is for everyone who cares about kids and learning. That ethereal quality of a “good teacher,” the one who makes you stop to watch the relationship between her(him) and the children she(he) works … More Really Seeing Children: Best new book!!
Willems has hit on something: kids thrive on reality. … More Mo Willems and Kids
“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
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?
I love meditation and mindfulness practice. But this centering practice is far more practical! … More Centering…