Author Archives: cthebean

About cthebean

Educator, musician, social justice activist...and now a blogger. Children deserve unflinching support from adults.....they deserve nothing less. All kids . Everybody's kids. Everywhere.

Joy Partnering and Brave Learning

Children need nurturing communities that meet their needs. They require an environment that encourages and supports exploration, discovery, courage, trial and error, imagination, creation, self regulation. Oh and the joy-don’t forget the wonder and joy and the all out hilarity. … Continue reading

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What’s going on here?

An Inside and Outside Classroom. Progressive education ( constructivist) is based on scientific theory and research, providing a framework for educators to transform theory to practice. A quality progressive classroom is thoughtfully planned to provoke and evoke critical thinking in … Continue reading

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Democracy in the Garden? Quick thoughts..

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 &… Source: Democracy in the Garden? Quick thoughts..

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time needed to think …

Time to do this…time to do that..now go to music..now go to art…now do math in groups…spelling time…now eat your food..now go to the toilet. Now do your mindfulness breathing so you can “let it go”. Kids and teachers are … Continue reading

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Beginning School

What is school for? Is it for sorting, counting, and measuring people to determine which slot to place them in for the unquestioning & optimum performance of a system ? Or is it a place where people are welcomed, engaged, … Continue reading

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Did Your Superintendent Send Out a Letter Like This?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The previous post included the letter that Dr. Michael J. Hynes of the Patchogue-Medford school district sent to teachers. Parents in the district on Long Island in Néw York received this letter from…

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A Long Island Superintendent Tells His Teachers Not to Worry about Scores

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The following letter was sent to teachers in Patchogue-Medford, Long Island, in New York state by the superintendent, Dr. Michael J. Hynes. Hynes is a hero of public education. He joins the honor…

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a sense of place

What I do know about people and particularly about people who are developing toward adulthood, is that a sense of place is an essential foundational block that allows and supports courage to find out new things. It takes bravery to…

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Osamudia R. James: School Choice as Racial Subordination

The opt out movement in New York State is growing strong, and in other parts of the country we are seeing the beginnings of resistance. Please join with others of conscience to oppose high stakes testing..which is  attached to and … Continue reading

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Going Up the Slide… No Bullies Showed Up!

There once was a place that had a beautiful wood and metal play structure put in for the children. This structure was so amazing with jumpy bridges, twisty poles to slide down on… a wide wide slide… and a zip…

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