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A good question – the image of the child

“Make a list of five materials that you regularly provide to children. What values and images of children do these materials suggest?” (P.57) “Choose a typical material in your room and observe how the children use it. Draw on the … Continue reading

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Emotional geographies

Introducing a special issue on emotional geographies, Joyce Davidson & Christine Milligan explain: “Recent years have witnessed a welling-up of emotion within geography, a surge of interest reminiscent of the fascination and exploration of embodiment that characterized much social and cultural geography over … Continue reading

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Observing the unborn baby

There is this brilliant book I pick up from time to time and read with great interest (Nurturing Natures: Attachment and Children’s Emotional Sociocultural and Brain Development, by Graham Music). I was going to read about mirror neurons and got … Continue reading

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movement and emotion

Introducing a collection of papers by Moshe Feldenkrais, David Zemach-Bersin also explains Feldenkrais’s approach: “Feldenkrais provides us with some of the most cogent and sophisticated arguments ever made for the biological and functional unity of the mind and body. During … Continue reading

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Leadership is like tending a fire

“Leadership is like tending a fire. You unearth the embers and add the fuel to bring them to life and make the fire grow.” ~ Amelia Folaumahina, Principal of Tonga High School Science For Citizenship, p.15 New Zealand Education Gazette … Continue reading

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On teaching a grove of trees

“Teachers who prefer that their students sit still and be quiet are perhaps more interested in teaching a grove of trees than a classroom of students.” ~ Robert Sylwester Ref: p.32 (emphases in blue bold mine) Robert Sylwester (2013) A Child’s … Continue reading

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Playing within

“All evidence indicates that the greatest rewards of play come when it arises naturally from within. When play arises out of innate motivations it is also likely timed to occur when we are primed for the most synaptic growth.” (p.104) … Continue reading

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People who had to move to think

I like this story… and I like how Lynne describes ‘people like her’: “When people know their core truths and live in accord with what I call their ‘play personality,’ the result is always a life of incredible power and … Continue reading

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On moving from underestimating children towards trustful parenting and voluntary education

“I doubt there has ever been a human culture, anywhere, at any time, that underestimates children’s abilities more than we North Americans do today. Our underestimation becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, because by depriving children of freedom, we deprive them of … Continue reading

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