I recently heard the educator and writer Parker Palmer talking about silences with Courtney Martin on NPR’s On Being. Palmer said that we need to “learn to listen deeply to each other…and ask honest, open questions to hear each other into speech.” We need to create a safe space where this can happ
To say I've had powerful experiences using restorative circles in schools is an understatement. Circles are radically changing the way staff and students interact with each other at some of my schools.
I start each morning perusing the internet in search of articles on education. I’ll open everything that looks interesting, until the window runs out of space (as I write this I have 16 tabs open in Chrome).
If you subscribe to our monthly newsletter, you received links to about 80 articles from us this year. These are some of my favorites. If you click through you’ll see some common themes. I’m drawn to articles about how to be mindful of our personal biases, how to help students explore their interests and get them involved in decision-making, and encouraging a love of learning. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
Only rarely does a teachable moment come along that is as powerful as the one we're in right now. Ever since the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, teachers have been encouraging their students to share their feelings and thoughts, discuss, and learn more about what's in and behind the news.
Our first #GivingTuesday was a success, thanks to you!
It was great to see people around the world giving to good causes - and to see the support from OUR community throughout the day. Thank you so much for your contributions and for spreading the word!
Since it's #GivingTuesday, we thought we'd share some of our favorite TeachableMoment lessons with you!
It was supposed to be a top 10 list, but after going around the office to ask staff for their favorites, we ended up with 38 lessons. It was hard, but we managed to get it down to 15! Here they are, in no particular order:
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If you’re a dreamer, a wisher, a liar
A hoper, a prayer, a magic bean buyer …
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire
For we have some flax golden tales to spin
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