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

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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

Adventures in Education for Life: Gratitude

For me, asking Divine Mother, God, or Spirit, for inspiration is a bit like calling Her up on the phone. Sometimes She answers immediately, and sometimes you get Her voice mail. This particular month, I got Her voicemail and she answered me, little by little, throughout the month in very special ways. In my 2nd, … Continue reading Adventures in Education for Life: Gratitude