My family did some traveling this summer. We listened to lots of toddler-curated music, but we also had the opportunity to catch an audiobook we loved -- “Movement Matters” by Katy Bowman. I recommend this book. The book is a collection of essays written by the movement scientist (specifically a “biomechanist”), who believes a Read More
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Successful learning in school is often equated to sitting up straight in a desk. However, that is simply not the case. Students are actually able to concentrate on their classwork in a variety of ways. At New Morning School in Plymouth, MI, students are provided the opportunity to sit at tables, desks, even on the Read More
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"Quit moving around. You need to sit down." Who hasn't heard those words at some point in their life? Often, memories of that go back to childhood, when excitable young learners feel the need to burn off some energy. However, maybe it's not so much about burning off energy; rather, it's the need to Read More
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My first foray into social media came with the advent of MySpace. It was pretty simple, really; you post some random thoughts, some low-resolution photos and chuckle at the end result. Not surprisingly, there was also a huge outburst of concern over how predators could track down our kids. Almost as quickly as MySpace Read More
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Many parents and educators are concerned that children will not retain knowledge and skills over the summer in today’s highly academic and competitive society.  This often leads to signing children up for loads of classes, camps and activities to fill their every summertime hour. Parents will seek, and teachers will sometimes recommend: workbooks, apps, Read More
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It is important to teach children to be kind! I believe teaching is about preparing our students for the future. That includes modeling and teaching them how to be kind, respectful and productive human beings. In a time where people seem to forget how to disagree in a respectful way, I think it is Read More
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