Seeing like Birds

One day a bird crashed right into our big window.  I have several bird feeders and 12 binoculars right in front of the window so the kids can watch up close anytime. The kids ran outside to see the little bird lying, still alive, but out of its senses on the ground.  Everyone was talking … More Seeing like Birds

Building Creativity & The Importance of Play: A Catapult’s Birthday & The Gold Rush Revisited

Here are two quick stories about how play and imagination can be so instrumental in the learning process. 1. The Catapult’s Birthday The other day my students were making catapults out of junk in the back of the classroom for an engineering project.  I noticed the first thing one of the groups did was, not … More Building Creativity & The Importance of Play: A Catapult’s Birthday & The Gold Rush Revisited

“If you love it enough, anything will talk to you!”

OUR CLASS PLAY… AT LAST… LOTUS and THE ANIMALS… “If you love it enough, anything will talk to you!” This play is about a little girl who cannot hear or speak, but she is gifted with the love of dance. She becomes friends with some animals who help her understand her many innate qualities, such … More “If you love it enough, anything will talk to you!”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

“Thoughts are universally, not individually, rooted.” -Paramhansa Yogananda Often in class, when we are “brain-storming,” or “brain-gardening,” as some prefer to say, we practice a fun technique I adapted from a story of the life of a well known Bengali singer/saint named, Lalon (c. 1774–1890). The story goes, as it was told to me, when … More Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

How To Live Schools

The idea of a new model for education called “How to Live Schools” was founded by Paramhansa Yogananda before he came to the west.  The picture above, shows some of the students in the Ranchi School founded by Yogananda. The Ananda Living Wisdom School is the next generation of Yogananda’s “How to Live” education.  It … More How To Live Schools

The Limitless Mind

Today in Art Class… “This painting is going to take sooooo looooong to finish!” – Student “Why?” – Teacher “Because, up there, at the top, I’m going to paint the whole universe.” – Student