The Power of Observation

Take a full day to simply observe your child or your student. Above all do not judge as you observe. Notice the way she rises from a chair. Listen closely to her laughter. Does he step lightly or do his feet pound heavily? Listen to her speech. Is she loud or soft spoken? What causes him to appear content, afraid…

An Accidental Discovery that Sparks Curiosity and Turbocharges Learning

    Does photosynthesis work the same in underwater plants as land plants?  This perceptive query about photosynthesis asked in a fifth grade botany class led to one of those moments when curiosity electrified our classroom. When I admitted I didn’t know the answer yet, my students gave me an assignment. “Will you find out and tell us?” By fourth…

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.…