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Faith in Schools

I’d like to talk today about faith, and the role it plays in schools, learning, and the all-important test scores by which schools and teachers are measured. This is actually not a religious conversation, as I believe that religious practices … Continue reading

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Another Conscious Teacher

Let me introduce you to Pat Cegan, another conscious teacher. Follow the link back to her blog to read one of her stories about serving very special children. http://patcegan.wordpress.com/in-my-lifetime-8/

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News from the Collective of Children

Children are changing. Ask any group of teachers, and you will likely find at least some who will tell you that kids are becoming harder to teach. You may hear comments like, “Their attention spans are shorter,” or “They expect … Continue reading

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The Heart of a Bully

I met with a young bully yesterday, a child too young to know such anger or to carry such pain–except that she wasn’t. This young girl showed me her heart, and it was cracked in two. One side held all … Continue reading

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Meditation: Your Perfect Child

The following meditation is written for any parent or teacher of a supposedly problematic child. Feel the certainty of this meditation every day that you live or work with your special child, and see how it shifts your experiences as … Continue reading

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Like A River Through Me

Like a River through Me Certainty runs like a river through me, I know my students can learn. They are hungry trout rising in ready waters They are feeding on my belief in them.   I work with the left-behinds. … Continue reading

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I Shame, You Shame, We All Play the Shame Game

Why is it that we are all fluent in the language of shame? More fluent, sometimes, than we are in the language of love. But love is our birthright and shame is not. I often hear my students being slammed … Continue reading

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Download the First Chapter of The Gift

Please click the link below to download your free copy of the first chapter of The Gift: How My Horse Taught Me to Teach the Toughest Children. After you read it, consider coming back to leave a comment. I look forward … Continue reading

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What’s Broken and Needs to Be Fixed?

Come with me, if you choose, into two classroom spaces. Classroom No. 1 I walked through the door of the classroom to collect my group of reading students. The six nine-year-olds were scattered around the room, busily working in pairs and groups and … Continue reading

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The First Gift: Patience Like Water

I stand on the late fall lawn, the trees bare above me and the earth brown and sere at my feet. Drifts of leaves shelter in the flower beds, and the air is crisp. In front of me a huge … Continue reading

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