How to Order: A Gift of Wonder, A True Story Showing School as it Should Be

Perhaps, long ago, a teacher made a difference in your life. She took the time to support you as an individual and made learning come alive. Your teacher could do this because she was trusted to use her judgment. Today, in the predominant educational environment, where high-stakes testing and anxiety reign, only twelve percent of teachers report that they are…

Holiday Sale: 20% off signed copies of A Gift of Wonder, A True Story Showing School as it Should Be

Originally posted on Growing Children:
This book is the story of the six years a teacher spent teaching the same group of children from grade one through six, but is more than that. Funny, poignant, moving, relatable and finally, life-affirming and hopeful, this memoir gently shows the way to an educational approach that is worthy of childhood:one rooted in wonder.…

Welcoming Spontaneity and Wonder in the Classroom, a radio interview

I enjoyed talking with Mindy Todd on WCAI about my book, A Gift of Wonder, A True Story Showing School As It Should Be. Our conversation was about: Waldorf schools, public schools, the importance of wonder in education, professional autonomy for teachers and why I wrote a story instead of a polemic. I also shared anecdotes from the classroom including the…

The Girl Who Didn’t Line Up

Reesa was lost in golden October. Shining maple trees bridged the concrete walk down the gentle hill. Brown-gold fallen leaves carpeted the hillside. Bright gold leaves floated toward this mottled carpet where, upon landing, they glittered like brilliant stars. Alone in this golden splendor, Reesa seemed unaware that she should be with her classmates. Tall, slender, and light on her…