Monthly Archives: May 2012
In Stuart Firestein’s book, Ignorance -How It Drives Science, he says, “Science traffics in ignorance, cultivates it, and is driven by it. Mucking about in the unknown is an adventure; doing it for a living is something most scientists consider … Continue reading
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” –M. Rogers
The school where kids can build dens. Love this and love David Sobel’s book on this subject, Children’s Special Places, Exploring the Role of Forts, Dens, and Bush Houses in Middle Childhood. Every school and child care center should keep … Continue reading
It’s almost summer and everyone is feeling it. Kids especially feel it, probably because they’re closer to the ground and take it in with all of their senses—dirt, grass, rain, flowers and bugs. And we all know that’s how they … Continue reading
When I visited this group of four-year-old children, they were immediately ready with stories and then were eager to act them out. Their stories are based on TV or movie superheroes, fairy tales, princesses, real life events and animals. Even … Continue reading
Teacher Tom: Seven Things To Say Instead Of “Good Job!”.
“As we watch, really watch and listen to the play of children, which very few of us do, and even when we see good play, we say, “That’s great play. That’s wonderful play.” But unless we write it down, analyze it, think about it, discuss it with each other, stretch it out as if it is a piece of academic wisdom that we are trying to interpret, we then will continue to think of it as childish and something that can be easily put aside, when the real business of schoolwork appears.”