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Debriefing Professional Development (+ FREE Organizer!)

Debriefing Professional Development (+ FREE Organizer!)

Get the most out of your professional development. How often have you left PD workshops motivated and inspired, only to return to your routine the next day? Your notes end up at the bottom of a pile because you are overwhelmed with daily tasks. You plan to find time...

Embracing Imperfection

Embracing Imperfection

The year I won the award for perfect attendance, I was absent to accept it. I imagine the adults in the room swapped glances and chuckled at the irony of it all.⠀ When I was given the award along with my report card, I felt I didn't deserve it. I couldn't believe my...

We Are All Designers

We Are All Designers

We are all designers.⠀ Of our own lives.⠀ Of healthy learning environments.⠀ Of accessible education.⠀ Of the sustainable functionality of schools.⠀ Of the education we hope for future generations.⠀ Whether we are parents, teachers, students, administrators,...

We Are All Students

We Are All Students

As I transitioned from being a public school teacher to a homeschooler, I faced additional resistance within my home. ⁣ My son has never been formally schooled. He's never been in daycare or preschool either. He doesn't know what it's like to be forced to follow...

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Child-Centered Learning

Child-Centered Learning

I believe opportunities arise just as we need them.    This is why I follow my son's lead.   In a print-rich, language-abundant, nurturing environment, children naturally gravitate towards what interests them, and what they are ready to receive. ⁣ ⁣ It takes...

What if Educational Change Is Possible?

What if Educational Change Is Possible?

I reflect a lot about the state of education.   I have experienced a great deal of anger and disbelief about decisions made over individuals rather than with.   Teachers are fed up with their working conditions and never being heard. Home-educating parents...

School as Invitation Rather Than Requirement

School as Invitation Rather Than Requirement

I experience resistance to anything forced upon me.   On Sunday evenings, I experience the grief of switching from the freedom of the weekend to the restrictions of the weekday (and, at times, both).   Many adults are finding newfound flexibility in working...

Learning Spaces, Not Testing Centers

Learning Spaces, Not Testing Centers

If classrooms are meant to be learning spaces, why are we endlessly testing?⠀ ⠀ Why aren't students granted adequate time to discover and develop ideas, thoughts, and concepts at their own pace?⠀ ⠀ Why do the adults in the school system decide when and how a student...

Child-Centered Learning

Child-Centered Learning

I believe opportunities arise just as we need them.    This is why I follow my son's lead.   In a print-rich, language-abundant, nurturing environment, children naturally gravitate towards what interests them, and what they are ready to receive. ⁣ ⁣ It takes...

What if Educational Change Is Possible?

What if Educational Change Is Possible?

I reflect a lot about the state of education.   I have experienced a great deal of anger and disbelief about decisions made over individuals rather than with.   Teachers are fed up with their working conditions and never being heard. Home-educating parents...

School as Invitation Rather Than Requirement

School as Invitation Rather Than Requirement

I experience resistance to anything forced upon me.   On Sunday evenings, I experience the grief of switching from the freedom of the weekend to the restrictions of the weekday (and, at times, both).   Many adults are finding newfound flexibility in working...

Learning Spaces, Not Testing Centers

Learning Spaces, Not Testing Centers

If classrooms are meant to be learning spaces, why are we endlessly testing?⠀ ⠀ Why aren't students granted adequate time to discover and develop ideas, thoughts, and concepts at their own pace?⠀ ⠀ Why do the adults in the school system decide when and how a student...