Monthly Archives: August 2011

Effortless Teaching

How to teach without stress   Is teaching a hard job?  Does it require effort, long hours, struggles to balance the needs of the classroom with those of personal life?  It has been so, but the planet is shifting, and … Continue reading

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Is Your Classroom Making You Fat?

Coping With the Weight of Our Stuff I recently changed teaching jobs and moved to a new work location. The suite of rooms I inherited along with the new job description was jam-packed with stuff. Books lined carts and shelves, … Continue reading

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Reading is Not

Reading is not             Curriculum, nor             Tests, nor yet             Some educrats idea of Building future success.   Reading is not             A diorama, or             Book report, or even             Group discussions.   If it were, How many … Continue reading

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Child-Centered

There is a huge piece missing From the lesson plan: The child itself. Dreams, Passions, Play Curiosity like the first snake.   What would happen if Our classrooms were truly Child-centered?

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Born to Teach

This is what I was born to do To teach small hands And huge minds To do my own homework first To clean my own house To live in the fullness of my own spirit And share it.

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Curriculum Guides

Those dusty binders on my classroom shelf: my curriculum guides. To guide: defined as indications of the way to go. In other words, street signs and traffic lights, docents, the voice of your gps. Think: walking tours of the old … Continue reading

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Schools Teach Not Soul (2)

Schools teach not soul Nor love Nor the true power of self That shines without compunction.   Schools teach not us Our history From the dawn of our own time Through the transmigration of roses Lifetime after lifetime of growth … Continue reading

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Old Schools, New Earth

Schools are transitioning.  Like fossil fuels, the old ways no longer fit. Teachers across the world stand in the four walls of their classroom and know the power they hold. Old ways feel cramped. The winds of change blow all … Continue reading

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Teacher of Teachers: I Pledge

From a Reading Specialist to Her Teachers Pledge for A New School Year I pledge: To serve you, But not enable you.   To talk to you, But not about you.   To teach you, And to be open to … Continue reading

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A History of School

Way back with Socrates We worked inside our own bodies Had faith Stood in a web of laced love Connected to the lives of our tribe– And our minds woke up.

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