Teaching kids during a pandemic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnsNMCGyNBk Song about "being together" We are still figuring this out but one thing is for sure-- We NEED music, movement and connection to get us through. Below are videos of a great dance to do 6 feet apart. I wrote the song and it was choreographed by some great folks at the MoCo dance …

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Edutopia

Energy has been in the classroom these days but I wanted to post some videos that Edutopia produced on much of the work folks at Symonds are involved in.  Social learning, art, and the integration of social curriculum with academics.  Check this out! http://www.edutopia.org/school/symonds-elementary-school http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmVhO3nL2EM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXn_ef9T1oE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMctALPpLF4

Teaching About the Holidays

I've really grown to love teaching about the holidays during this season.  In my former schools, we would have holiday concerts for which we would need to prepare. I feel like mandatory concerts amount to a sugar-coated version of teaching to the test.  Rudolf, dreidels, nothing pretending to be religious, but everyone has to "perform" …

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Maintaining the ecosystem

Likely not a conscious choice, the garden at Symonds is an unofficial symbol of nourishment, connection, and being part of something greater in our world.  Tom Julius, Director of the teacher certification program at Antioch New England Graduate School has referred to the ideal educational setting as an elaborate ecosystem.   One main idea being …

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Child Driven Learning

Moving past the phase of getting students "culturally adjusted" to the classroom, I'm  now focused on how we learn in the classroom.  I've become increasingly aware of (and acutely frightened of) the idea of becoming a talking head teacher.    I LOVE to talk in front of people, often to a fault.  This comes from …

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