Wolf Alexander Erich Albert Ferdinand Freiherr von Lersner Who would name their baby all of that!? … a given name … FOUR middle names … a rank (Freiherr – Free Lord, or Baron: a nobleman free to own land, in an age when not everybody was) … a nobiliary particle (“von,” that denotes belonging to … Continue reading Encomium for an engineer
I delivered this poem in Amsterdam, at the Annual General Meeting of the Association Montessori Internationale, on April 17, 2016. I wrote it in response to a request that I celebrate the intersection of the mathematical and the pedagogical threads of the conference with a poetic interlude. Less than three weeks later, back at home … Continue reading Let me be Zero – a poem about what counts in education
We can't improve our schools until we face down the powerful yet mostly unexamined assumptions we hold about teaching and learning. Now approaching the second decade of the 21st century, we still base our evaluations of teachers and schools on a century old model of teaching that's completely inconsistent with widely accepted findings of research … Continue reading This is NOT how children learn
… a gentle reminder (from Maria Montessori) not to administer instruction to children in prescribed and measured doses on the presumption that we can know what they need to learn and when. Invite them into whatever inspires … welcome their participation … stimulate their curiosity … but let their genuine interests and appetites guide progress.
In community, freedom must be negotiated. Every action we feel free to take has some impact on our neighbors. If we want to govern ourselves democratically, we have to be in ongoing conversation about the spirit of our governing principles. We have to recognize when we infringe upon one another's freedoms, and we have to … Continue reading freedom is more than a timeless abstraction
I have begun to consider the starling murmuration as a metaphor for human culture. Call it a spontaneously self-organizing group comprised of individuals that appear to be completely autonomous but nevertheless both respond to one another and contribute to the flow of the whole. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4f_1_r80RY Wanting to know more about the mechanics of this … Continue reading Murmuration and Human Culture
My day job requires me to visit people’s homes. I check a piece of medical equipment and then I go on. I visit about 20 people a day. The homes are various; mansions tucked into a mountain on the Colorado front range, a single room in a dormitory on the campus of a convent, the … Continue reading 100 doors / week