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 […]

Project Learning: The Play’s the Thing!

Thank goodness I work in a center that values children’s inherent passion for and interest in learning through the arts! Where would I be if I didn’t? I would be creating lessons to make seasonal crafts each month, Jack-O-Lanterns in October, Turkeys in November, Christmas trees and Menorahs in December.  Instead we watched the opera […]

A Novel EI Reading Experience for Adolescents: JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL by Richard Bach

A Novel EI Reading Experience for Adolescents: JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL by Richard Bach This is a story about Emotional Intelligence, character formation, values clarification, and conflict resolution. Jonathan Livingston Seagull (JLS) can be described as an experimenter, thinker, searcher, observer, non–conformist, even a renaissance bird. The book is all about character, identity, learning, knowledge, searching, […]

Fine Motor Skills: What Are They & Why Are They Too Important to Ignore?

The development of fine motor skills are often a casualty of the rush to get young children up to academic speed. In this segment our guests explain why fine motor skills are a critical building block for higher learning and should never, never, be overlooked.   To Read:   Mighty Fine Motor Fun: Fine Motor Activities […]

The Reading-Writing and Writing-Reading Connections: Two Ways To Get There

The Reading-Writing and Writing-Reading Connections: Two Ways To Get There Overview Experiences, Reflections, and Insights, geared to grades 3 to 6 for struggling, reluctant, and average readers/learners, is an original education project that develops mind, self, and imagination. One key step to learning about any world is to know our selves first. Education’s foundation lies […]

Tell Me Again, Why Are We Arguing About Professionalism?

Why is professionalism such a controversial subject among educators? Why is there a raging debate about whether some sectors of the education community qualify as professionals? What does professionalism really mean in the education field and, in practical terms, what does all of this mean to you on the front lines?   To Read:     […]

Improving Teacher Preparation in 2012

Debates over how to improve teacher preparation have been central to the education reform conversation over the past several years. Researchers, reformers and stakeholders called for a number of exciting, yet sometimes contradictory ideas: improving coursework on child development; moving to a model that includes more meaningful practice for prospective teachers in diverse classroom settings; holding teacher prep […]