Category Archives: stories from the cottage

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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Killing Bad Guys: Whose Job is it?

Part Two: Killing Bad Guys Read this second in a series  taken from my journals about troubling challenges boys and girls face in this culture… In order to find out more about how kids think about their world and in … Continue reading

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PLAY IS…

This is something to remember and to live by no matter if you work with young people and their families or if you are in the midst of parenting….         From Young Children Magazine…a publication of the … Continue reading

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Pushing the Monster Away….the inner life of boys

Read this first in a series of articles taken from my journals and theses, about troubling challenges boys face in this culture… Excerpts from Protectors and Warriors/Lonergan/2003 {Fear is stronger than love…You wanna last? Be the first to blast.} –Tupac … Continue reading

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Stories from the cottage…a collection.

Stories here…. https://cthebean.wordpress.com/category/stories-from-the-cottage/

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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 … Continue reading

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how to really love a child

I used to have this small poster by sark hanging in my classroom. it was a gift from a friend who knew these things to be true. eventually the poster fell apart and so I typed it out on the … Continue reading

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A School Bill of Rights…and how to get started

Taken from a letter from me to an educator in Chile who is going to be courageous and let the students have a voice and run things… “….Well it can be complicated, but as a start; after a few weeks of … Continue reading

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the story of how luke was not really “okay”

It is not “natural” for males to be fierce or cruel. They are socialized to exhibit fierceness and imperviousness to pain. It is natural to be vulnerable, caring and compassionate, and when we welcome who they are, we begin the … Continue reading

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sense of place, self concept and the spanking issue

This went out in September, and I thought I would post it up again because this is a story of a conversation with kindergarten aged people about the way they feel about spanking. sense of place, self concept and the … Continue reading

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