Posts made in February, 2015

Month of Letters and Seeds Challenge Reflections

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in The Seedling BLOG | 2 comments

Month of Letters and Seeds Challenge  Seeds of Change Reflections   This February, I have been embracing my Month of Letters and Seeds Challenge. I have set out to explore the lost art of letter writing and writing one letter each day this month. Each letter includes a little gift packet of Lupine seeds. This exercise of putting pen to paper and taking the time to address and mail a letter has been enlightening. Handwriting a letter has made me think of time differently. I have slipped back and forth from writing a letter to sending a quick email and found letter writing changes the way...

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David Sobel’s 7 Principles for Children and Nature

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in The Seedling BLOG | 0 comments

David Sobel’s 7 Principles for Children and Nature Are you a teacher who has explored Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences?  Have you explored why you are SMART and weighed in on the implications of Gardner’s theory for yourselves now and as natural teachers? It’s fun to turn the mirror on ourselves every now and again. Just as Howard Gardner had identified a set of intelligences for children, David Sobel, a place-based educator, identified a set of play themes that emerge when children experience free time in nature. He wrote the book, Childhood and...

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Picturing Myself as a Natural Teacher

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in The Seedling BLOG | 25 comments

Picturing Myself as a Natural Teacher A Reflective Exercise  Are we training our teachers to be Natural Teachers? Are teachers imagining themselves teaching Outdoors as much as they are Indoors.  Are schools embracing Outdoor Spaces as places to learn? I teach teachers. The “Picturing Myself as a Teacher,” is the first assignment in my Foundations of Early Childhood class at North Shore Community College. In the original assignment, students were asked to imagine that they have been teachers for three years. Then they were asked to draw themselves teaching young children using...

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