Category Archives: thoughts and radical reflections

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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Look for the grime of exploration

Beware the Jargoneers…  as per previous post…but here is a great chart from Mr Kohn on what to look for in a solid progressive classroom. Further..these things should be present throughout the grades..not just in Early Childhood ( to eight … Continue reading

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Beware the Jargoneers

Alfie Kohn talked about the dangers of jargon last night and why he attempts to avoid using it at all costs. He was intense and sharply hilarious , jumping on and off the stage….engaging the audience in questions. I was … Continue reading

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Suspicious….

I am always suspicious, when I visit a school claiming to be “progressive” , if I do not see classroom pets, large garbage cans..paintbrushes in the sink, blocks and other materials put away the kid way, (a bit crooked)-and if … Continue reading

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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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Hey! Is Kindergarten Ready for You?

“Hey, I’m ready for you…I hope you’re ready for me..”  muddy waters Kindergarten/early childhood has been under siege since the Back to Basics trend in the late 70’s and early 80’s. The common core thrust is particularly lethal, and has … Continue reading

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