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Do You Believe in Magic?

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When people talk about childhood idols and heroes, I always say David Copperfield. No, not the character from Dickens. The other character: image credit: vegas.com If you don’t know of the man above, David Copperfield is an international illusionist who has performed all over the world. He did a series of specials in the 80’s […]

Literature Offers Lessons for the Heart As Well As the Head

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When teachers assign student reading, it’s not usually the social-emotional domain that’s the focus of the activity. But if we’re to address the whole child, we have to be aware that books have an impact on students’ hearts as well as their heads. That’s the focus of an article titled “Literature’s Emotional Lessons,” written by […]

Learning To Swim. Letting Go of Our Floaties!

Summer. A time to rest, relax, rejuvenate, reflect and plan. Before we know it, school bells will ring and here we go again. Tonight I’m writing from head and heart, hoping to inspire you to take a giant leap forward in your school and life. Make it happen. Just do it. Kinders are fearless. Why […]

You Are Golden!

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I always say that you can find inspiration anywhere in this world, provided your ears, eyes, and heart are open. I had my brain sparked today while at church with my family. We go to church fairly regularly, even though I do not consider myself a Christian, as I identify most with the tenants of […]

See Them. Be With Them. Learn From Them.

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“Forever Is Composed Of Nows” – Emily Dickinson This is the third post in the “Breaking Sticks” series on unstructured play and lessons I learned as a father and a teacher from my 2 year old son Adam playing with sticks while we were out on a walk one sunny day. Please click on the […]

You Have No Idea, So Shut Up

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“We’ve all seen a man at the liquor store beggin’ for your change The hair on his face is dirty, dread-locked, and full of mange He asks a man for what he could spare, with shame in his eyes “Get a job, you f***ing slob, ” is all he replies God forbid, you ever had […]

Where in the world do I live? Sorting it out through action!

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I will never forget the first time I asked first graders where Earth is. While some looked a bit puzzled by my question, others confidently pointed up. Up? Why of course, it is in outer space! Young children are expected to master map skills and to know where they live. If you have ever tried […]