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Children and adults alike use play to make sense of the world. Here are some things we develop through play: creativity, imagination, problem solving, resiliency and the ability to handle the unexpected.
Back in 1999, after eight years of operating out of a shop front (and eventually several shop fronts), we moved The Grauer School onto our dream site: five, green, coastal acres in Encinitas, Calif.[…] Continue Reading »
October is ADHD Awareness Month. It’s also autumn and apple-picking time. Warm colors are emerging in many areas.
Quite a few people I know with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are the extra-aware types.[…] Continue Reading »
What is puzzling and fascinating about the field of teaching at present is that we must become masters in getting the attention of students, and yet little emphasis is placed on the techniques we can use to shape that attention. Over the course of earning three academic degrees I sat for dozens of courses on education and none of them ever included a refined study of the art of paying or getting attention.[…] Continue Reading »
I recently traveled to Boulder, Colo., and lived on the campus of the University of Colorado for the annual International Democratic Education Conference. Since returning, teachers have been asking me, “What’s democratic education?” To me, this is almost like asking, “What’s love?” These are big concepts!
Have you ever considered whether your students should have a democratic education?[…] Continue Reading »
In California, where I live, “alternative education” has a bad name. Somehow, it got the connotation of “schools for kids who can’t make it.” There also are many kids in mainstream schools who aren’t making it. I dare say, a whole lot more than in “alternative schools.”