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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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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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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…

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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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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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Vermont: The Heavy Fist of the Federal Government Demands Testing!

Disturbing is a mild term  to describe what is happening to school… read this Vermont: The Heavy Fist of the Federal Government Demands Testing!.

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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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