Posts From: December 2015

School without walls

Some say nature is the best teacher, and are taking that concept into schools. A typical day at Fiddleheads starts at 9 a.m., with Desi, Stelyn, Joshua and fellow students zipping up waterproof suits so they can climb on, and sometimes slip off, sopping-wet logs; create secret forts under dripping boughs of bright green, and […]

What Teachers Do

Welcome back if you are back, here’s to a wonderful Monday. If you are on vacation… enjoy it! Here’s a video you might like:

Who will be “the world’s best teacher”?

Know a teacher who should be nominated? Find out more about the Global Teacher Prize here. Teacher Belinda Daniels is changing up how indigenous culture is taught in Saskatchewan. … In Pakistan, Humaira Buchal is an advocate for young women’s education. She has been teaching disadvantaged young children since the age of 12 and helped […]

Should empathy be the emphasis?

Should empathy be the emphasis? Look back and remember your favorite teachers and administrators… did you learn “more” from them? (Probably, right?) Does it turn out that their understanding of your situation through empathy might have made you like them more? The articles highlighted below lay out how empathy can help teachers and students. Both good reads, hopefully inspiring […]

‘Hello from the Mother Side’: See stressed-out mom’s hilarious Adele parody

Does doing your kids’ homework make you want to write a forlorn song? Or perhaps pour yourself a big glass of wine? Adele’s “Hello” has already spawned plenty of parodies, but this may be the first to touch on the frustration of doing your kids’ math homework. Mills hilariously struggles to complete her daughter’s fractions […]

How can we make school fun again?

More anecdotes on how, in some cases, testing and college prep from an early age are draining the joy out of students… and parents… and teachers… The question is: How do we counter this? The children that I get off of the bus are exhausted. They are frustrated. They are over worked. They are burned […]

Reading, writing and mud: the growth of Forest Schools

How do we sign up for “Forest School”?! Are you able to bring your students out into nature? It’s not so much a practice as a philosophy, and one that might easily have disappeared under the greener carpet of Steiner schools and home educators when it first crept in. But, like IKEA, the idea seems […]

Need some inspiration? Here are some kickstarters for your science teaching endeavors

Science is cool. Yes. We said it. But how to get your students on board? Here are a couple articles that will 1. give you methods and thoughts on how to approach fresh (“Don’t be afraid to push the limits. If kids have stayed with you through one level of complexity, take them to the […]

The Teachers Who Educate Our Youngest Kids Are Struggling To Make Ends Meet

Preschool teachers don’t make much money. Does this surprise you? Probably not. How little is too little, and what does it say about our emphasis on early childhood #education? Eighty-five percent of voters said they think it’s “very important” or “extremely important” that early childhood educators are well-compensated. Over 90 percent of surveyed voters also […]

Binge Watching, Memory and Real Learning

Two articles for you today, both about the same thing… perhaps. On the one hand we have the very real phenomenon of endless content being consumed by anyone growing up in the smartphone era. On the other hand we read that #memory is the key to learning. Is it possible that massive amounts of mental […]