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
Today’s blog is a bit of a downer. While at lunch with my dear friend, Lynne, she shared her daughter’s fear of the world actually ending in our lifetime. Now there is a topic of conversation over a panini! I’m in awe of my friend. She discusses death and apocalypse with ease, despite a huge … More Are we close to the end?
My Labor Day celebration today will be to stay in my home all day. No picnics, no plans, other than digging into the pile of books and magazines that have piled up next to my bed. I am retired, and yet I work. I work for love. I watch my grandkids, and find time for … More Labor Day, 2019
“The most important thing is to serve the values and ideas that help shape the [organization] . . . as a covenantal community. Leadership is a bold responsibility.” Thomas Sergiovanni We are lost. It’s time for us to ask :What does it mean to be a leader? What is our covenant to our children, to … More When we are lost: Question our values and purpose.
It’s tough right now, but it’s possible! We can find the good. My Facebook pages are rife with troubles, but also bursting with things that surprise and delight me. Today, amid the wonderful and amazing ideas from teachers who are preparing for the beginning of school, and the crazy and brain-fogging news, I found some … More On this day, finding miracles…
A dear friend of mine, Mark Maxwell-Smith, has carved out a new persona for himself under the name of PUN. A man who might otherwise have taken his retirement years to enjoy the fruits of a long and illustrious career, he chose instead to bring his warm heart and dedication to children to work as … More A one-man beacon of light…
“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…
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