March 5, 2021 Having taken the Covid “shelter in place” directive literally, I finally broke free from my year-long experiment in isolation. As an “elder,” and one who was “at higher risk,” I had limited my ventures from my home and exposures to others. Food delivery, cleaning my own home, making do with imperfectly functioning … More A Small Covid Moment
I sit in my home most of the day, although I do a walk, some in-home exercise, and housework, which my Noom data counts as exercise, too. I am considered a highly susceptible person, given my age, so I adhere to isolation directions carefully. I have a sweet little townhouse with a view outside, good … More Doing the Impossible in a Covid World
“When we decided to go to the moon, we solved innumerable technical challenges and we were proud of doing it. We did that together and we need to do it again.”–Dr. Lucy Jones Lucy Jones was a curious kid, growing up in a family that respected knowledge and loved music. She was my friend’s kid … More Climate Change: Beyond the moon…
Movement is what the human body is designed for.” ― Ben Medder Why is it so common for children to be packed into desks all day, seated in front of a teacher? Bodies were designed for movement, and movement helps the brain work its magic! Dr. JoAnn Deak has studied brains her whole life! A … More Let’s move! Let’s learn!
“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.”
Our eyes met for the first time across a crowded room in La Jolla many years ago. She was adding to her expertise as a yoga teacher, and I was hoping to get some relief from a painful pinched nerve as I struggled to add restorative yoga to my movement resources. Rolled our eyes, we … More Bloom where you are planted…
“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…
(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.
We have seen nature’s destruction as we viewed the floods and fires in our neighboring communities. Nature does not leave us empowered. But we are wise to do what we can to protect ourselves from dangers we can reasonably predict. … More Southern California Gas: It’s Time to Go