Tag Archives: Consciousness

Schools Teach Not Soul (1)

It’s August: time for crickets, goldenrod, and golden school buses. Schools are starting all over the country: last week, next week, two weeks from now. As I prepare for my new year, I have some old questions.  I wonder: How … Continue reading

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Where’s Your Spiritual Money? The True Cost of Minding Other People’s Business

Part 1: Minding Everybody Else’s Business Kids do this all the time.  Adults do, too.  It’s just more obvious when children do it, because they do it physically, and adults do it mentally and verbally. What am I talking about? … Continue reading

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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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Out of the Mouths of Babes: A Reflection on Mothers & Daughters

Out of the Mouths of Babes was inspired by a workshop I just did, and a mother/daughter duo I got to know there. As I reread it, I find it has information and significance for me that goes far beyond … Continue reading

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Teach From Your Whole Self

How many of us bring our whole selves into our classrooms?  Or rather, how much of ourselves do we park outside our classroom door? What parts of our lives are inappropriate to share with our students?  Which parts, while personal, … Continue reading

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Soul’s Light Throws No Shadows

Children offer lots of behavior. Depending upon our culture and our personality, some of this behavior gets labeled ‘bad’ and some of it gets praised. But when we step out of our unconscious reaction to whatever the child just did … Continue reading

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Feet, Fidgets, and Flyaway Energy

I started a new group yesterday.  I met with eight ten-year old girls at their recess time to share with them some tools for hearing and honoring their own spirits. We began with a meditation, all of two minutes long, … Continue reading

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The Conscious Teacher’s Toolbox: Light

Stepping into a conscious awareness of what is happening in your classroom, and of how your choices impact your comfort and the comfort of your students, makes you a more effective teacher. One tool that you might want to consider … Continue reading

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The Garden of Teaching

Like a gardener, Teachers can Choose a sunlit spot, Feed the earth, Be rain, Rejoice in the dance Of humming bees And birds, and Photograph the flowers.

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The Unteacher: Exploring a New Calling for Teachers

I teach. That is the work that I do, just enough days a week to pay the bills and to free me for what I truly love to do, which is to write. I used to love teaching. Honestly, I … Continue reading

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