When my kids were little, I taught preschool and kindergarten. I saw many kids from different backgrounds in my work. This was over 40 years ago. The discussion of gun play in early childhood persists, as evident by Facebook teacher sites, and the controversy I discovered as an educator and parent has not changed, even … More Guns. And Kids.
“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
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!!