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
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!”
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
At the end of the day the class came in from P.E.. More than half the class was voicing their frustration about the soccer game they had just played. Someone said that the teacher was not tuning in to what was happening on the field and did not give them enough choice in PE. Everyone … Continue reading Ask For What You Want
Calmly Active, Actively Calm: Creating a Calm, Centered Classroom.
"Understanding that is based on untruth is imaginary." -Patanjali Most of the issues that cause upset in our classroom are caused from lack of awareness of others or one's own self or from misunderstanding. "Maturity" as defined by Donald Walters (Swami Kriyananda), author of Education for Life, is the ability to understand realities outside one's own. … Continue reading Patanjali, Legos, and Cooperative Fighting
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." Albert Einstein It was also Albert Einstein who said, "The only source of knowledge is experience." For part of our unit on Native Americans, we spend time each week in our 'secret' spot in the woods where we … Continue reading Lightly I Walk
Here we are learning about states of matter: gases. We were trapping ping pong balls in a glass and submerging the glass in water to show that the air is also trapped in the glass and keeps the water from entering the glass. The ping pong ball is pushed down by the air in the … Continue reading Hands on!
"The greatest of all happiness, next to divine happiness, is to be at peace with one's immediate relations those with whom one must live every day in the year. When people try to handle the extremely complicated machinery of human feelings without any training whatsoever, the results are disastrous. Very few persons realize that most … Continue reading The Proof IS the Pudding