Category: at school

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…

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

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. A Gift of Wonder is a…

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

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 is now available. The book is centered in classroom experience in a school where teachers stay with the same group of children for up to eight years. A Gift of Wonder reveals a secret…