It is interesting to consider how the materials we provide children call forth thinking. For example, in the photo above – is the child called to think beyond the farm’s predetermined form? The plastic farm offers a child the idea of “farm.” It does not give room for the child to create their own theories […]
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I have read a lot of blog posts lately that have made me feel the need to take a closer look at the various approaches to learning. The post that really sparked this is from How We Montessori and is featured first. The following posts are ones that I feel really break down the Reggio approach and […]
I am speechless! I can’t believe it has been five years since I started Fairy Dust Teaching! I had no idea how much it would grow. I still remember asking my daughter – “Do you think I will reach 100 followers?” Today Fairy Dust Teaching is heading towards 20,000 followers. Crazy pants! Thanks to you, my […]
If you should ask me – What do you remember about your childhood? – I would answer: playing outdoors. I remember, like yesterday, creating a little hide-out under a group of tall bushes. I would spend hours with my friends gathering twigs and rocks to make those bushes into a secret hide-out. Children have a natural desire to play […]
I can not begin to express how much renewal and knowledge I gained in my two Fund for Teacher’s fellowships. It was life changing at the very least. This grant is tailor made for teachers who are looking for a specific type of professional development – heartfelt and passionate!!! I first applied for this grant […]
The Call of Teaching I will never forget the moment I was called to teaching. I was pregnant with my third child and decided to give my hand at volunteering in my son’s kindergarten class. The first time I walked into the classroom a rush of knowing filled every pore. I was home. Like many […]
Yesterday I was reading a book (Linchpin) by Seth Godin and had this ah ha moment. It is a book about business and as I read – I realized I was reading about the state of education. I just had to share it. Listen to this (I will be replacing the word “business” with the […]
Click on reflection page to download. I think if there is one thing that has made the most impact on my teaching – it would be my reflective practice. At the end of the day I always take a moment to look at how the day went. I do not linger on my answers. Rather, […]
Loved this segment about Waldorf education on NBC. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy
I saw this for the first time in a preschool in San Francisco. It was an arts integrated preschool and was so filled with creative opportunities for young children. They had an art center that held a variety of materials for making art. It a free choice center in my classroom. Things I have put […]
This is from a hand held camera but worth watching. We are in crisis as a nation in our educational system.
Tonight I finally had the opportunity to view the movie “Race to Nowhere.” It really brought home the truth I know as a teacher. The truth is simple. I teach to create the love of learning for another human being. This love will alter the way life turns out for the children I teach. […]
This week I have parent conferences and I have been preparing for these meetings. As kindergarteners going into first grade – every family wants to know how is their child doing; is their child ready? I prepare a whole child snapshot to communicate where their child is at in cognitive development, social/emotional development, creative […]
Today I read this passage from Parker Palmer’s book, “Courage to Teach.” It nails what I have been thinking about and I wanted to share it: The question we most commonly ask is the “what” question – what subjects shall we teach? When the conversation goes a bit deeper, we ask the “how” question – […]
To be capable of wonder is to be fully human. – Carlina Rinaldi ?Photo taken by my dad – Arlen Fowler in Utah. Today I drove from Tulsa to Dallas and had a good five hours to think. Lately, my thoughts swirl around our educational system and such things as the movies “Waiting for Superman” […]