“when you really pay attention, everything is your teacher.”
sugarbush park, ann arbor, mi, usa – summer 2022
heading out on a rainy day
to explore, discover things, and learn
in the much larger classroom of the universe.
“the universe is a great university.”
it took a while and a team of busy gatherers
but the kinder were happy to announce
they had collected and lined up
and that equals 1 museum.
“as with other phases of nature, I have probably loved the rocks more than I have studied them.’
“what does our word say?!!”
(two kinder working together in my multi-age classroom, one older, one younger)
“learning is creation, not consumption.
knowledge is not something a learner absorbs,
but something a learner creates.”
*Jean Piaget (1896-1980) in his office.
Shout out to all those who didn’t tidy their office before the start of the school year.
“simple solutions seldom are. it takes a very unusual mind to undertake analysis of the obvious.”
-alfred north whitehead
*Piaget’s (1936) theory of cognitive development explains how a child constructs a mental model of the world. He disagreed with the idea that intelligence was a fixed trait, and regarded cognitive development as a process which occurs due to biological maturation and interaction with the environment.
credit: modern language association
how to fit 4 kids and 1 log into 1 boat and get 2 to paddle it to make it move ahead?
use the trial and error and figure it out as you go method.
“if you wait to figure out everything before starting anything, it’ll never happen.”
glen lake, glen arbor, michigan, usa – summer 2021
r figures out a way to play hopscotch
“learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe.”
have you ever touched a rainbow?
it’s pure magic.
“and as he spoke of understanding,
i looked up and saw the rainbow leap with flames of many colors over me.”
why oh why does our paper fly?
we’ll try over and over and over again
until we find out why.
“learning never exhausts the mind.”
-leonardo da vinci
as i worked on report cards over the last week
putting together my notes
gathering my thoughts
sharing my stories
telling their stories
i was reminded
that each child
their own gifts
their own challenges
yet each shares
a sense of wonder about the world
a desire to learn
and does so
in their own way.
“Do not train children to learn by force and harshness,
but direct them to it by what amuses their minds,
so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy
the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”
image credit: Radhusets Julkalender 2012 – Arte del libro, Arte dell’illusrazione