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!
“The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. “– Kate Chopin I love the ocean. The ocean pulls me in and pushes me up–and down. It resists as I move through on my own power, both challenging us and emboldening me to stay. I move, strengthening my muscles and stroke, slicing through the medium … More Jump!
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.
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.
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!!
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