I have often mused that there must be a universal language of play with children. I was reminded of it again today at the pool. Cannon balls and keep away with goggles gave way to a more sophisticated game played with other kids about the same age. By adapting the rules of tag, one person… Continue reading Universal Language of Play
I walked down the hall in a hurry to make my next appointment. As I turned the corner, I saw a Third Grader walking down the hall more slowly than usual. As I greeted him, he barely lifted his gaze at me. I continued on my way down the hall with an inner dialogue that went something… Continue reading Eyes Wide Open
After an outdoor education trip to the coast of Georgia last week, I was thinking about why these trips are so important. The answers can be simple: a change of pace, time unplugged, bonding for a class, and learning about the natural world. These certainly are true – for students and for the adults that… Continue reading Why Outdoor Education?
Have you ever made the statement, “How in the world could anyone ever do. . .?” In your own mind, it seems impossible, ridiculous, or thoughtless for the action to occur with any rational person. I have thought it and, admittedly, have said it. Enter photo. I have heard about people backing into their garage… Continue reading Backing into Empathy
“We want to attract teachers who aren’t recipe followers, but rather those who are willing to take a chance with a room full of kids.” Joan Moser cites this quote in her January 2016 blog post, Let’s Take a Chance. When I read it, I immediately copied the statement as inspiration for the hiring season. And… Continue reading Not a Recipe Follower
I have a new puppy. I put it off as long as I could, but the pleadings of my daughter convinced me to follow my heart. I haven’t owned a dog since I was in Second Grade so I am certainly not an expert on any part of dog ownership. The books, blogs, and advice… Continue reading Observations: Puppy Style
Leaving a legacy on hearts and minds. . . sounds like a mission statement for teachers! Educators’ work is tough and challenging and filled with eager learners for whom learning comes easily and with students for whom school is something that they have to do. Classrooms are filled both with children who innately know how to… Continue reading Imprints on Hearts and Minds