Wilderness Minor

Schoolyards aren’t often the best place to go exploring.  Most of the excitement has been tamed out of them in the interest of safety.  They are mowed, and raked, the equipment inspected and rules established.  They are fun but they aren’t known for adventure.  That’s why we take community walks, so that we can have…

Paint, paint, paint

I should know better, I really should. As my colleague at “A Classroom Full of Curiosity and Wonder” likes to tell me, I’m the artsy-fartsy one.  I should know about paint by now. Today we started with a beautiful provocation in the art studio.  Fall colours of paint, mixed with soap thank goodness, and a…

Kickin’ it old school

We are enamoured of technology in schools.  SmartBoards, iPads, laptop programs, we love it all and we tend to latch on to it without much critical thinking about what we may be giving up in order to make time and space for all those screens.  There is much to be gained, I’ll admit – heavens,…

Qualities and Quantities

The supplies have started to arrive; it’s like a big birthday party.  We don’t often have new supplies arriving en masse in public education so when it happens we (and I’m referring to the adults here) get a little silly.  I performed a memorable happy dance in the hallway; I may never live it down….