Ice Fishing and Footprints

I think I need to rename this blog… maybe it should be called “teaching on the verge… outside” because it seems that this year, especially, so much of what I’m noticing is happening outside.  I think that this has a lot to do with the greenbelt strip we have at the edge of our playground…

A Brave Perspective

I think this a great post. Our entire K-3 school is staffed by women; not a single man works there (except occasionally when the I.T. or trades come in). Nobody thinks that’s strange but in the case of the reverse, I think people would be uncomfortable. It’s a good opportunity to take another look at…

They took apart the creek

This is a short post. I wanted you to see What children do with ice When it is everywhere. And there isn’t enough snow yet to build anything. They take apart the creek.  They took apart the creek today. They cracked the ice into pieces stacked on the bank. There was only bare grass underneath….

Process-based painting

We tend to think of art as a product: a thing to hang on a wall. We, that is, those of us who aren’t artists, miss out on all of the messiness about and tossing aside that happens long before you have anything to hang up. As a choreographer, I know how many ideas I…

Still under construction but we’re getting there.

In August, I showed you some photos of our newly renovated classroom when it was completely empty. Over the course of the last few months, our supplies have slowly trickled in and we’re finally feeling as though the room is beginning to take shape.  We’d love to hear your thoughts on our 4th teacher (we…

We are the ice police.

We have had ice before today; thin sheets on shallow puddles.  Today was the first day that we had real ice.  The kind you have to stomp on to get it to break, the kind that beckons you out to the middle of foot-deep puddle/ponds to see how many jumps it will take to break…

Into the Woods

I must be easily amazed, credulous, or naive because things happen in the classroom all the time that leave me gobsmacked.  Children are an endless source of surprise and amazement and, while there are themes and strands of inquiry that come up over and over again, the children’s focus, insight, and intelligence continue to astonish…