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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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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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Are You Complicit in “Soul Murder”?

I would add that damage is being done in a variety of settings that teachers and children inhabit..not just the public school gulag. read this. it needs to be read and thought about Are You Complicit in “Soul Murder”?.

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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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Natural Born Learners Don’t Need Math?

“Kids don’t need to learn math if they are not interested in it…” Wow thats courageous to say..kids don’t need to learn math. Not sure I am in complete and utter agreement with that…unless we are talking about math programs … Continue reading

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Why I Oppose Common Core and Love Dirt

“Good schools are places where its okay to be goofy, to admit to children what one does not know, and what, often, no one on this earth can know, then to join them in the great adventure of searching for … Continue reading

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The sequel and the damage done

This writer continues to bring me to my knees. This is the most artful and evocative piece I have read about the common core and how it weaves into our daily lives insidiously as part of  a new and very … Continue reading

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Dreamscaping

Header photo:   Truman Capote and Harper Lee’s shared backyard   You know what would really be great…just to begin with? If schools, cities, towns and countries set aside  more outside areas especially for young people. Play space. Adventure room. … Continue reading

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relish the spirit of childhood longer and play play play play play play

The Progressive Education Network devoted its biannual national conference to play.  The 2013 theme was “Play Hard”. Educators gathered in Los Angeles to share what is being learned about the importance of play to human development… This coming October 2015 … Continue reading

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School in the Back Yard-treehouses, forts and very deep holes

Kids don’t get to build treehouses and forts much any more around here. You can get a fine treehouse at Costco and an adult can put it up for you in a day. These kinds of treehouses come pre cut … Continue reading

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