Known. Loved. Inspired Kindness -- the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. We embody kindness through smiles, handshakes, considering other people’s needs, stepping aside when someone needs space, and paying attention to one another. In the mornings, when shaking hands, I try to get each student to pause for a moment, make eye contact, shake my hand or wave, and say good morning or hello. I want them to know that, even in the midst of trying to get somewhere, there is always time to stop and acknowledge another person. I want every student to REALLY know they are Known [...]
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50 Golden Days This Wednesday marks the 50th day of the school year. 50 times shaking hands at the door in the morning. 50 days of Math instruction and Literacy Centers. 50 recesses. 50 lunches. 50 evenings preparing for school the next day. In marriage, the 50th anniversary is the Golden Anniversary. I like to think of this time of year as the golden period. We are deep into instruction, well developed with relationships, out in the world doing fieldwork -- everything is moving along smoothly. Next week, our Family Arts Night marks the culmination of our golden work so far [...]
A 25-Hour Day What did you do with your extra hour this weekend? Did you sleep a little longer, snuggle with a loved one, get extra work done, finally clean your house, or something else equally titillating? I wonder if we chose one hour per normal day and treated it like it was a special extra hour, how it might feel? How might we make special out of the ordinary and tune our focus a little differently? I challenge you, in this 10th week of the year, to find a little extra special in one hour each day. Enjoy! Happy Week [...]
Gratitude I sat in a Math class recently, observing students be successful, collaborative, and positive with one another. They were diving into Math concepts that stretched their thinking and supported each other in the work. I was overcome with a sense of gratitude for the ways in which teachers at this school spend countless extra hours planning multiple lessons for the same hour of instruction. Using the workshop model, teachers group students by their strengths and needs, and have them rotate through centers to work on different skills in each center. This means that teachers plan often three to four different [...]
Networks of Support I used to believe that trees fought one another to reach the sun, get nutrients, and simply to thrive. The smallest tree in a forest was doomed from the start. A few years ago, I learned about a secret communication that exists between trees that tells quite the opposite story. The gigantic trees that we admire above ground are connected through a network of teeny tiny fungi that communicate between trees of all species. If one tree is aware of drought or of an insect manifestation, it sends messages to other trees in the area through these fungi. [...]
This weekend, I was with my siblings looking through old photo albums. We were laughing at our funny outfits in the 70s, our colorful hairstyles in the 80s, and our funny glasses in the 90s. We looked at our pictures in Kindergarten and then compared our Senior portraits with photos of our parents at similar ages. My dad, at 18, was in college in India. My mom, at 18, was in nurse’s training in Missouri. It’s amazing, no matter the culture, how school photos are such wonderful markers of time passing. As we begin this week that leads to School Pictures, [...]
Summer Dreaming When I was a child we would "call India" the first Saturday of every month. My family in India didn't have a phone so we would call family friends who lived nearby. We would hang up for them to run over to my family's house and gather as many people as possible. And we would call back about 20 minutes later, eagerly waiting to pass the phone around, one at a time. Conversations were limited to Hi how are you's as the phone was passed around the room to my brother, sister, and I. After doing the rounds with [...]
Starting July 8, 2019 rising first, second, third, and fourth graders are invited to expand mind and body at the City Neighbors Children Summer Program designed just for them. City Neighbors’ known focus on the development of the whole child and progressive approach to learning will have children ages 6-10 active and engaged throughout our City Neighbors Hamilton campus’ air conditioned classrooms, creative play space, fields, track and garden. 2019 will be our fifth summer session. Summer session will include traditional general day camp activities and dynamic physical challenges such as: Reading & Writing Singing Bike Riding Drama Blueberry Picking [...]
Voting YES or FOR to Question 1 will keep a promise made to voters that casino revenue would increase school funding instead of being used for other purposes. While casino revenues have been going into the Education Trust Fund—which can only be used for funding public education—nearly the same amount of existing funding has been shifted from education to other parts of the state budget. The result? The new revenue from casinos hasn’t added to existing funding; it has simply maintained the existing levels. Passing Question 1 will stop the budget gimmicks and ensure that casino revenues actually go to [...]