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
*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
RIP to *Sir Ken Robinson, an eloquent and indefatigable defender of the role of the arts and creativity in education. His TED talks made him world-famous—his presentation called “Do schools kill creativity?” remains the most popular TED talk of all time, and he wrote widely, including major books on creativity in 2001 and 2015. Robinson was knighted in 2003 for his distinguished career in service to the arts. He was a staunch critic of standardized tests and compliance-based classrooms, and an unapologetic champion of every kind of creative endeavor—from theater, to music, film, painting, dance, and everything in between. He died peacefully yesterday at the age of 70, after a brief battle with cancer, surrounded by his family. His voice will be greatly missed. – Edutopia
“the answer is not to standardize education,
but to personalize and customize it to the needs of each child and community.
there is no alternative. there never was.”
-Sir Ken Robinson, (one of my heroes in the field of education)
*Sir Ken Robinson was an author, speaker and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education and arts bodies.
credits: edutopia, pbs.org
what an honor and a pleasure
to have spent two days
with intelligent caring educators from many places
share, discuss, question, wonder, listen,
learn from each other
respectful, compassionate, joyful, creative, curious, playful, democratic classrooms
for young children
where they begin
to discover and grow a love of learning
about the world near and far
preparing them for what is beyond
this comforting place
they call school.
“the limit of your present understanding
is not the limit of your possibilities.”
kinders get ready to enter a ‘new/old world.’
“so many worlds,
so much to do,
so little done,
such things to be.”
-alfred lord tennyson
when reading this article about literacy
i was saddened by it
yet i was struck by an typo
not meant to be ironic
that perhaps unknowingly proved the point.
“literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.”
― kofi annan
what an elementary teacher
after-school book meeting looks like
all full of colors, sparkling water, and clever words.
“books are uniquely portable magic.”
– stephen king
seeing firsthand how things work –
up close and personal style.
“i always want to know how things work.
had i been aladdin, i am certain that just after one wish or two,
i’d have taken that old lamp apart
to see if I could make another, better lamp.”
-walter p. chrysler
when we come down the stairs we see a magical scene
full of sculptures before us
and we cannot stop running to the sculptures
that are all around us
we find out the difference between the meaning of
‘static’ – still
‘kinetic’ – moving
(our group leans heavily on the kinetic side)
and at last we sit to hear the story of this one
trying to be static.
“what sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul. “