Today is Groundhog Day, but ever since I saw the movie “Groundhog Day,” February 2 is not so much about 6 more weeks of winter as the wonderful gift we have each been given to reinvent ourselves.
We all get comfortable with the way we are, even if the way we are doesn’t work so well for us. In the movie, Bill Murray’s character gets stuck in February 2. Once he realizes he is trapped in himself, he begins to grow, change and transform himself into a much happier person. The spell is finally broken. A must-see for all parents and other educators. One of my top five movies.
The only self we really want to be is our genius-self. All other selves must go.
Last week, when I complimented a teacher on what a great learning community she has created in her classroom, she said, “It’s the kids. The kids are doing it themselves.”
“I know what you mean, but your leadership caused this,” I countered. Read More…
“Find something you love to do more than you love yourself.”
What are the drivers of success? The first thing we think of is abilities and disabilities, but that’s what matters least.
In 1842, when Ellen Swallow was born, girls weren’t expected to have careers and they certainly weren’t expected to become scientists. Change can be slow, but Ellen Swallow helped speed it up by opening doors for women. Read More…
Years ago in some online comment Janet Lansbury wrote:
“I was encouraged by a mentor, infant specialist Magda Gerber, to view babies as whole people from the get-go, not my projects, not reflections or extensions of me. Their emergent personalities never felt like my responsibility.”
That babies are whole people is actually a revolutionary idea and one that I hope takes hold in the hearts and minds of all those who care about children and their education.
This concept is built into Montessori education. Children are not incomplete adults who need to acquire academic skills and moral behavior in order to be fully human. Rather they are born wired to communicate, connect, create and contribute and then like the rest of us spend the rest of their lives defining themselves to the environment they find themselves in. Read More…