Category: at school

Wonder, Not Pressure, Supports Learning 

  Five-year-old children need play, not pressure. Then, at six and seven, they need learning infused with joy, wonder, movement, colors, music, and satisfying work that makes real things. Adults who learned this way thrive. They are in no way behind those who faced pressure. So, why? Why do governments (this is not the teachers’ idea) pressure little children to…

You Don’t Have to Look to Finland to See How Freedom in Teaching Leads to Engagement in Learning

I am happy to announce that A Gift of Wonder, my book  about my six year journey as a new teacher with my first class at The Waldorf School of Cape Cod, will be published in the spring of 2017 by SteinerBooks. The book is centered in classroom experience in a school where teachers stay with the same group of…

The Core of Good Parenting is the Fun Stuff

A TEACHER’S ADVICE TO PARENTS IN ONE SHORT LIST According to studies and  parents themselves, parenting can make you tired, overwhelmed and anxious. And no wonder. The parent zone includes marinara drizzled onto your new beige carpet, more hours in the car than in your bed and entire mountain ranges of laundry. Plus you are responsible for the health and…

Share this with Parents and Teachers: The Most Amazing and Important Lesson You Will Ever Teach

Part One of Series: Lessons about Reversing Climate Change  Dear Parents and Teachers, The amazing facts in this lesson are vital for reversing climate change, yet you will not see climate change mentioned in this lesson for third, fourth and fifth graders. In middle school and beyond it makes sense to talk about practical applications of this science that will…

An Alarming Theory About Why Smartphones Are So Addicting and So Distracting for Parents

How often do you see a child ignored while the parent stares at a smartphone? This theory suggests that the smartphone hijacks parenting instincts in a manner similar to the way a cuckoo hijacks the nests and parenting instincts of other birds. Click this post to make the link live then here to read more:   http://attachmentparenting.org/blog/2015/09/01/smartphones-and-parenting/

Five Reasons to Think Twice Before Praising Your Child and Five Ideas for What to Do Instead

(photo:You want your child to be free, to be led by his or her own inner self) A mom at the playground this morning called excitedly to her child. “Good job!” I couldn’t see her because I was working inside a greenhouse next to the twisty orange plastic slide. Thirty seconds later, I heard it again, “Good job!” and again…