Cultivating Curiosity – Developing the skill of self-reflection

  Product.Result.Send something cool home. Product. Product. Product. I read  an article written by Susan Engel published in the Harvard Educational Review. The article is called, Children's Need To Know: Curiosity in Schools. I highly recommend this article to any elementary school teacher who is wondering about how to cultivate curiosity in the classroom. Cultivating... Continue Reading →

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What do we really want for our children?

Kindergarten Santa Fe

Compassion

A child that has the ability to critically think, to think creatively, and a child that has qualities such as : determination, inner confidence, and an attitude of service towards others, will succeed. We must look at our own views about success and our own fears about life very carefully. How can we place achievement of academics above the need for children to have a childhood? The rise of afterschool tutoring corporations and parents who are ready and willing to sign their own children up for developmentally inappropriate activities is shocking. The increased academic pressures being put upon children is astounding. Parents and teachers must become up to date on the latest research in child development in order to protect their children and ease their own fears. It is not enough to accept popular beliefs or to sign you child up for an expensive Kindergarten so they are guaranteed a good spot at a top college. Become an advocate for young children. Become…

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Power, powerful, letting go

I wonder just how much of teaching is centered around power and control. If the classroom community is set up in such a way that the children feel they have a voice and they are powerful what happens? How much structure is needed? How much "control"?As a teacher what does it take to relinquish your... Continue Reading →

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