” I think the world is going to be saved by millions of small things.” –Pete Seeger Pete Seeger. A name from the distant past, still as relevant today as he was protesting in the 1950’s. As I pull today’s t-shirt out of the drawer, I am comforted by his words. I see Pete Seeger … More Today’s T-shirt Inspiration
The most important thing a teacher or other adult can teach is the ability to healthfully interacting in relationship with others. Yet, as adults we often find ourselves frustrated with the behavior of young children. Deb Curtis, one of my most influential educators, describes a common response to why young children act the way they … More Supporting young children’s behavior
Here she is again! My friend, and incredibly inspiring person, Karen. You have seen her before, working in Haiti as she supports a struggling school and residence for children. Her current project is a musical called “19,” which celebrates the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution. If you are in DC, look for it. … More The Power of a T-shirt…
“…positive emotions… provide a swift antidote to physical stress and anxiety.”–Shawn Achor Yes, things are tough right now for a million different reasons. Family and work stresses can be taxing. Money doesn’t go as far as it seemed to in the past. Oh, and the White House….let’s not go there! Every day we are faced … More What Makes You Happy…Do That!
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”–Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. My former sister-in-law was born in Mexico and educated in her home country. She once told me that when she moved to … More The Right to Bear Arms?
“When you’re at peace with your life and in a state of tranquility, you actually send out a vibration of energy that impacts all living creatures.” Wayne Dyer There is no denying that these are tough times. Many of us feel, if not in this particular moment, that we are a bit “untethered” as we … More Teachers, you got this!
There is a Jewish concept I learned in my meager religious education: we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. As a child, I felt the power of those words, imagining the bodies of generations of people, holding others as they balanced on those below, small children at the top, nearing the … More Paying it forward with authentic listening…
“Stand aside for a while and leave room for learning, observe carefully what children do, and then, if you have understood well, perhaps teaching will be different from before.” ― Loris Malaguzzi Darla Conkey Meyers is a humble genius, preferring to bring the totality of her own creativity and understanding young children to cultivate the … More Teaching from the Heart: Darla Conkey Myers and Reggio Emilia.
“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…