Saturday, August 31, 2013

Teen Talk

Now that school has begun, it's time to start thinking about our kids — their social lives and the pressures of school work, a challenging mix at best. My friend's blog has an excellent post on the mysteries of raising/educating teenagers. The post has a nice piece "Frustrating Teenager Behavior: What's a Mother to Do?" along with other links that you might find interesting in your work with teens.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

My Montessori Journey

Unlike most Montessori educators who attend a Montessori school, or send their child to a Montessori school, or teach in a Montessori school, my experience was a bit different. I discovered Montessori at the age of 54 after teaching and working in four traditional schools over a 30-year career. You might find the story of my Montessori journey interesting. It was recently published in my column in Public School Montessorian. The publication is celebrating its 100th issue and 25-year anniversary.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Unsuspected Bond Between a Stranger and a Child

Listen to this beautiful StoryCorps clip of how a third grade child and an unsuspecting adult were introduced and how their introduction blossomed into a lifelong relationship.

Click here to meet Bryan Lindsay and Rowan Allen telling their story.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Born Good?

This excellent CBS "60 Minutes" piece looks at the questions

Are we born with a sense of morality?
Are we blank slates waiting for the world to teach us right from wrong?
Do we start out nasty, selfish devils who need our parents, teachers, and religions to whip us into shape?

The baby videos alone are worth watching this fascinating research.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Are You an Introvert or Extrovert? . . . OR Ambivert?


Daniel Pink's latest book To Sell is Human has lots to say about introverts and extroverts. If you don't read the book, at least listen to this NPR interview with Pink to hear what he has to say on the subject.

This is a nice follow-up to Susan Cain's book Quiet.