Category Archives: Challenge

Mantra for Educators – High Responsibility Low Control

Alicia, early childhood educator extraordinaire, once told me the following story as we had lunch together in the faculty lounge: “Yesterday, Helen was in the sandbox scooping sand into a bucket with a cup. I came by and (good constructivist teacher … Continue reading

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The Myth of Self Acceptance

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How Should Adults Interfere with Child’s Play?

Play is the highest form of research.  – Albert Einstein When adults fear for their children’s future success, they tend to see play as a frivolous waste of time. They are just as wrong about that today as they have been in … Continue reading

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Thank You for Criticizing

Is it wise to criticize? A few years ago I taught Andre Perry’s class of fourth and fifth graders in order to give Andre a break so that he could plan with another teacher. Easiest and best teaching I ever did. … Continue reading

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Diagnosis Can Blind Us to Leadership Opportunities

After one of my workshops on “Finding Your Genius” at a school last year, the mother of fourth-grader Maya told me of the struggle Maya had with social anxiety. In first grade, she would freeze when it was her turn … Continue reading

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