Jump!

“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!

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.

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