- Bringing Project Based Learning to our Classroom - August 12, 2018
- Keep the Engagement Alive: Start the Year with Purpose - August 5, 2018
- It’s Our Fault: A Teacher’s Confession - March 18, 2018
- Keeping Your Teaching Real: A Teacher’s Role - March 11, 2018
- Sketch Notes in the Elementary Classroom - February 15, 2017
- Teach From the Heart - February 9, 2017
- Who is the Teacher: School or Family? - January 11, 2017
- Dear President Elect Trump, From Your Teachers - November 17, 2016
- Let them Be Children - October 21, 2016
- Print Resources: Great Tools for Kids - October 17, 2016
Today at a meeting we discussed the inhibition of children. Little children. Children who have not started school yet. The rawness of their play and emotions. Think about watching a young child play or react or do anything. They give 110% of themselves to the event. In play that looks like imagination and sounds and movement. They make sounds and create imaginary worlds. In reacting that looks like tears and whole body stomping or laughter and a face covering smiling. They display their emotions whether happy or sad. Kids LIVE their lives.
So what happens? When do we teach children they must contain that? When do we say blend in? Don’t be unique? Act like this? I have always been proud (and sometimes jealous) of my daughter because she wears what she wants. She has a unique sense of fashion and puts on what is comfortable and makes her feel pretty. At 9-years-old this is still true. And I really hope that does not change (yes, this may be re-evaluated in her teen years). I really hope she grows up to keep this confidences and play in her life.