Sailing in Between the Waves, a Teaching Poem

Some teachers use control to make their classrooms feel harmonious. And some have harmony themselves, but allow anything in the classroom. And some follow harmony's flow. Which of these makes music? Loud, soft, intense, peaceful, sometimes music pulls at your heart strings too. This is the ebb and flow of life. Me with my little … Continue reading Sailing in Between the Waves, a Teaching Poem

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

Flow Learning for Everything

Hey teachers!  Did you know that you can use Flow Learning for more than just Sharing Nature?  I use Flow Learning for EVERYTHING in my classroom.  Trust me, it’s worth it and here’s just a few of the benefits you’ll receive: What the Teacher Gets: You will remain energetic all day and go home refreshed … Continue reading Flow Learning for Everything

“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 … Continue reading “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 … Continue reading Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration