Tag Archives: Discipline

Something American Schools Can Learn from Japan: You Matter

You Matter The minute I appeared in the front hall of Kugayama School the receptionist got up from behind his desk, opened the glass door of the administrative offices and came out to greet me with a smile, a bow … Continue reading

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Epistemology: the Heart of a Good Curriculum

What if “epistemology” were written on the whiteboard on the first day of school, and referred to every day after that? What if “To know how you know what you think you know” were universally understood as the point of a curriculum? What … Continue reading

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Social Anxiety? Get Smart, not Mad

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, –Rudyard Kipling At lunchtime on the first day of fourth grade my best friend Jimmy stuck a deviled egg in my face and said “Eat it.” Back then, a deviled egg … Continue reading

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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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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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