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Common “Cor” Standards—#5 of 10: Sustaining Oral Fluency

One of a series on the real “cor,” or heart,  of all good teaching. Children are at risk of unfulfilled memories. Memories are built from stories and life experiences recounted again and again. Today, in school, time for out-loud story-telling and “read-alouds” at any grade level is shrinking or disappearing. Fables and tall tales, for instance, are […]

Common “Cor” Standards—#3 of 10: Helping students develop their own standards for work nurtures critical thinkers

One of a series on the real “cor,” or heart,  of all good teaching. This “Standard of the Heart” is about creating the conditions for students to become self-motivated rather than just relying on your external expectations for how many sentences to write, how many problems to complete. (For a sense of what children are capable of […]

Common “Cor” Standards: What’s At the Heart of Your Teaching?

One of a series on the real “cor,” or heart,  of all good teaching. Parker J. Palmer’s most recent book, Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit,  eloquently delineates five “habits of the heart”—a phrase first used by Alexis de Tocqueville—that are needed in our society today to […]

Educating America—A Review of a Great Book

If you are an elementary or middle school principal, teacher, or parent interested in increasing the amount of parent and/or volunteer participation in a classroom or school, I have a really excellent resource for you: Educating America: 101 Strategies for Adult Assistants in K-8 Classrooms by Paddy Eger, a clear expert on the matter. The […]

A Responsive Classroom Primer

Teachers and school leaders who are just beginning to learn about the Responsive Classroom approach often ask me which book they should read first to get a good overview. It’s true there are an ever-growing number of wonderful books in the Responsive Classroom Library, at least thirty at last count! Margaret Berry Wilson’s latest book, […]

Windows Into Parenting

Two books crossed paths on my reading list this past week and am I glad they did! Both make wonderful contributions to our understanding of growth and development and the ways our lives are shaped both by how we were parented and how we respond to and learn from that parenting—how we become who we […]

Red Flags for Primary Teachers

Somewhere in the vicinity of 30 years ago, I sat on an imaginary front porch at a Lesley Kindergarten Conference Workshop with another conference participant as we visualized what we saw in our teaching futures and the future of education. My workshop partner’s name was Katie Johnson, author of Doing Words as well as More […]

Disallowing Childhood

I urge teachers and parents to read this New York Times OpEd piece, “Raising the Ritalin Generation.” The author, Bronwen Hruska, in telling us the story of her family’s and, in particular, her son’s misadventures in the land of ADHD misdiagnosis, creates a cautionary tale for us all to heed. Hruska concludes that much of […]