Posts From: January 2016

Amazing Kindergartens

Another amazing kindergarten, this one in Italy. Can we go back to kindergarten? In addition to improved safety measures, the new school incorporates a variety of energy efficient technologies including a rooftop photovoltaic system and rainwater harvesting. Read our previous post about Japan’s tree kindergarten.

More excellent candidates highlighted by the Global Teaching Prize

The Global Teacher Prize is “an annual 1 million dollar award that will be given to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession.” It’s a good resource to get inspiration from some incredible teachers, and highlights their story. Take Linda Cliatt-Wayman, who has transformed one of the most violent, troubled […]

You earned your break

We hope you’ve had a wonderful, restful time off. Can’t agree more that teachers need a good, restful break. What high school student reflect on their teachers’ work-life balance? None that I know of. I remember turning in essays in English class on Friday and receiving them back the following Monday. Each essay was returned […]

Teaching Emotional Intelligence & “Soft Skills”

Can emotional intelligence be taught? Probably can’t hurt to aid its development. Studies and real world experience show compelling reasons to get behind it: reductions in future misbehavior, confidence and more. From NPR: Soft skills might include teaching kids to work cooperatively in a group or teaching them how to think about the long-term consequences […]

Controlling Play

Allowing children to play can teach them a lot more than intervening (at least according to one blog author.) Do you agree? Exceptions? “I will NOT!” he yells back. “You have to let me play! That is the rules!” He gets dangerously close to them. The adults observing the children look over at me with […]