Monthly Archives: February 2015

Democracy in the Garden? Quick thoughts..

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It is tricky for educators and parents (adults) to find effective ways  to facilitate compassionate, democratic school classroom communities. Facilitate means guide. Guide. Not dictate. Not exert “power over” but instead practice “power with”. And what’s the point? Why do…

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Musings on Progressive Theory

“Bruner wrote that Piaget had said he would have liked to work closely and collegially with Vygotsky..if only he had lived long enough. Piaget felt there was much they could learn from each other and uncover together. In reviewing Montessori, … Continue reading

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All people, no matter their age……

All people, no matter their age, can learn from each other in a variety of ways and the environment needs to encourage and support that.

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play supports socio-cognitive development

“Children’s social-emotional development is inextricably linked to their acquisition of cognitive skills. And play is where the cognitive and social-emotional come together. Yes, kids are capable of amazing things—they are, in fact, our littlest innovators—but play, as neuroscientist and anthropologist … Continue reading

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Loss of Free Play Time Has a Price

Appropriate classrooms for 5-7 year olds are rapidly disappearing, given over to learning blocks dedicated to discrete subjects, which sideline the kind of imaginative play on which children thrive. So basically..brain growth and development is being sidelined in favor of … Continue reading

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Adam Bessie: Is Free Community College a Trojan Horse?

This is a valid concern and an important question. I feel the same way about “free pre-k” Adam Bessie: Is Free Community College a Trojan Horse?.

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In a World Ruled by Windigos

A more poetically scathing  perspective  In a World Ruled by Windigos.

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Reading On Demand

…the teaching of reading doesn’t  look the way we may be used to seeing it, with students sitting quietly as teachers deliver skills into awaiting brains……strong readers for life emerge from enriched and nurturing environments… Once upon a time, a … Continue reading

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