Teaching from the Heart: Darla Conkey Myers and Reggio Emilia.

“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.

Science Education: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.”

“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.”

Vivian Gussin Paley: Helping our world through listening to children.

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.

Children at Play

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