Perhaps instead of looking at what’s missing in our children’s learning, we need to look for the learning occurring.
How was the experience of observing your own learning? As we reflect on our days, weeks, and years, we become the history of the important things we learn and recall. So it is for kids, too. Perhaps instead of looking at what’s missing in our children’s learning, we need to look for the learning occurring. What […]
With so much focus on learning loss and the meme that kids are “so behind in learning” in the news, teachers, parents, and caregivers are becoming increasingly worried and frantic about how to help the learners “catch up.” However, I’m noticing it is all viewed through the lens of learning artifacts such as test scores […]
Have you taken a moment to observe children under the age of five recently? What do you notice? I had the privilege of meeting with a family via Zoom last week. They were showing me their chickens and newly built chicken coops. I observed their 4-year-old inside one of the coops with his baby chicks. His […]
Over the past few decades in the study of neuroscience and neurobiology, we’ve begun to learn more about the components of learning, and one of the foundational elements is safety. Learners need to feel safe in the learning environment—physically and emotionally. Only then can they take on challenges. When learners are free to follow […]
What opportunities can you provide your children that will help them discover and develop their unique talents, gifts, and interests?
For an individual to have the power to influence her natural unfolding, there must be trust from parents, mentors, and the learning community that she can positively influence her growth and development, when given the space and the opportunity. If we can view children as naturally curious, compassionate, and uniquely gifted and if we can […]
Celebrating a variety of holidays opens our children and ourselves to a broader appreciation of the many cultures around us. “Happy New Year” was recently heard in many parts of the world, where the Gregorian calendar year of 2020 has just begun. We’re already into the fifth month of the Islamic calendar year of 1441 […]
Exploring difficult journeys should be met with an open mind and gentle heart. This holiday #thanksgiving take the time to be informed. This website: http://tiny.cc/chdkgz is very helpful resource as a racial justice guide with regards to Thanksgiving. #givingthanks #education #research #resource #teaching #perspective #nativeamerican #truth #listen #relearn #nothanks #turkeydinner #pumpkinpie #holiday #share #caring #understanding #teachingchildren #racialjustice #openmind #firstthanksgiving #learningwithoutborders
Many of us know how important it is to work with our strengths; however, putting this idea into practice flies in the face of how our brains are wired. Unfortunately, our negativity bias often overrides this and we revert to thinking if we could only improve a weaker area for ourselves and our learners. then […]