Contemplation Writing: An Alternative to Journal Writing and Mindfulness Programs, Part 4, Categories of Student Contemplations

Contemplation Writing: An Alternative to Journal Writing and Mindfulness Programs Part 4: Categories of Student Contemplations Parts 1, 2, and 3 of my previous BAM POSTS introduced the Contemplation Writing Project:   Part 1 described the Counting Technique, which showed kids “inner experience” with all its side-trips into mind, imagination, and creativity.   Part 2 […]

Investing in Innovation: More about the 2011 Early Learning Winners

Last November, we wrote briefly about the second round winners of the Investing in Innovation (i3) competition. Our review of the winning applications and peer reviewers’ comments found that five of the 23 overall winners applied under the early learning competitive priority, but only four were awarded the extra point by peer reviewers. In this post, we […]

“I Heard That… And It Hurt!”

A common occurrence in early childhood programs can often fly under the radar for you, the administrator, but can drive a rift between your teachers that threatens the peace in your program. Let’s take an inside look… One of your teachers is working on a CDA. This may be her own initiative or perhaps at […]

Waking up to Whole Brain Learning

It doesn’t have to be that way, of course, but, as teachers have lamented for years, only non-educators need apply when policy is made. These policies are forced on schools and schools must respond with less movement, more worksheets, more focused lessons on content areas (Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies).

Contemplation Writing: An Alternative to Journal Writing and Mindfulness Programs, Part 3, Contemplation Comprehension and The Contemplation Questionnaire

Contemplation Writing: An Alternative to Journal Writing and Mindfulness Programs Part 3, Contemplation Comprehension and The Contemplation Questionnaire The Contemplation Writing Project started with an introduction to “inner experience” using the “Counting Technique” for several lessons until I felt the kids understood the concept and process.  Following my invitation to their inner worlds, I continued […]

ECE Professionals: At the Table or on the Menu

In the past, early childhood professionals didn’t have to worry about legislation and policy. They quietly and diligently went about their work, preparing young children to read and write, to “use their words,” and to take turns. They knew their work mattered; they saw it on the attentive faces, and heard it in the inquiring […]

Mix-it-Up at Work-Learning to Connect

We want to encourage children to try something new or to meet a new friend. How often do adults hold back and do not get to know people who are different?  Our teens and tweens are reluctant to embrace new people and cultures because that is what we show them as adults. Mix-It –Up days […]

Contemplation Writing: An Alternative to Journal Writing and Mindfulness Programs, Part 2, The Music Technique

Contemplation Writing: An Alternative to Journal Writing and Mindfulness Programs Part 2: The Music Technique   In Part 1 of the Contemplation Writing Project students practice the “Counting Technique” for a two-week period so they can begin to understand and appreciate “inner experience.”  Now, instead of counting, I use music to trigger mind-pictures/images, feelings, thoughts, […]

Contemplation Writing: An Alternative to Journal Writing and Mindfulness Programs

Contemplation Writing: An Alternative to Journal Writing and Mindfulness Programs Part 1   As an inner-city elementary school teacher for thirty-four years (retired from the NYCDOE in 2002), I have had extreme positive results in the areas of Emotional Intelligence, character education, values clarification, concentration/focusing/centering, writing, reading, thinking, creativity, poetry, and vocabulary expansion/appreciation.  My education […]

Getting Schooled- How Do We Teach Tolerance?

It may be a cliché, but we are not born to hate. The trouble is too many times we witness hateful acts and prejudice and we fail to act or react. Some listen to insensitive remarks or jokes and laugh along or do nothing.  I have to believe and hope that most people want to […]