Last year at the AERO (Alternative Education Resource Organization) Conference, I had the opportunity to meet and see Yacoov Hecht speak. Yacoov Hecht is a prominent figure in the democratic education movement, the founder of the Democratic School in Hadera, Israel, and author of the book, Democratic Education: A Beginning of a Story. However, his … Continue reading Education Cities
My parents have told me the story of how my brother learned to read many times. At around the age of five, my parents had read his Calvin and Hobbes books to him so many times that he had memorized them. He began to read them out loud, connecting words to pictures from memory. My … Continue reading Learning to Read, the Child’s Way.
The one-year-old plays constantly. Navigating the world in the way they know how, most everything they do involves play: eating, exploring, interacting. There is an interesting pattern among one-to-two year olds. They will choose an object, examine it for awhile, and then find as many uses for it as possible, using it as a hat, … Continue reading What Children Teach Us
I have new respect for parents. They see the best and worst of their kids, they see them when they are little ones trying to figure the world out, they watch them grow into adults… and then the kids grow up and don’t understand what that means, or what it is like. How strange to … Continue reading Respect for Parents
You wouldn’t think that getting the wind knocked out of you by a perfectly timed reverse punch would make you proud… would you? If you are a teacher, you are probably familiar with the jolt of happiness you get when one of your students accomplishes something. This jolt, some would argue, is the reason we … Continue reading Challenge Accepted
Ken Robinson describes “being in your element” as the point where passion meets talent. Once you find that place, you never work another day in your life. I have never had a problem finding my own element. However, what about finding people with the same, or a similar, element? What about finding people with similar … Continue reading Finding Your Allies: Where Passion, Talent, and Collaboration Meet.
Alternative Education Resource Organization (also known as AERO) is holding a conference in Portland, OR this summer. The day is fast approaching, check out their website and conference information here: http://www.educationrevolution.org/blog/finding-the-catalyst-for-the-education-revolution/