Category Archives: learning

into the universe.

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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.”

-sai baba

rocks.

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it took a while and a team of busy gatherers

but the kinder were happy to announce

they had collected and lined up

79 rocks

and that equals 1 museum. 

 

“as with other phases of nature, I have probably loved the rocks more than I have studied them.’

-john burroughs

learning is creation.

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“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.”

-george couros

 

 

piaget. (repost-computer still in flux)

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*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

figuring it out.

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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.”
― dhaval gajera, author

 

 

glen lake, glen arbor, michigan, usa – summer 2021

the genius of each.

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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

has

their own gifts

their own challenges

yet each shares

without fail

a curiosity

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.”     

-Plato

 

 

image credit: Radhusets Julkalender 2012 – Arte del libro, Arte dell’illusrazione