Tag Archives: empathy

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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We Make the World! Be Nice..

Now now children be nice. Is that nice? No that’s not nice. Now now children be nice…and be kind. Be kind because it feels good to be kind. Is that kind? Please be kind and nice so you can feel … Continue reading

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The Heart of the Matter

  …is that schools that matter and make a difference in people’s lives, depend on strong community involvement where all have a voice. Compassion and true empathy grows naturally in a school that matters. Optimism, joy and a deep abiding … 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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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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friends, freedom, friendships and factories

The world of school is polarizing… confusing. “Current” technology is not really current because it is constantly evolving.  We live in  a kinetic state of rolling and rocking change impacting the way we access information, communicate and function as individuals, … 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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Academic Standards and a Boy with Autism

I read this from Diane Ravitch’s blog this morning and my eyes stung. My throat closed up. I share this with you because it resonates a sadness in me that is hard to describe. Some of you may say..well this … Continue reading

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I was spanked and I’m fine…

My mother had a special spanking spatula. It was mostly used on mornings when we would not or could not leave the sweetness of our warm beds and come down to the kitchen for breakfast, and it was used mostly … Continue reading

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