Lay an Egg. Lay an Egg. Lay an Egg. The Productivity Problem

Lay an egg … Lay an egg … Lay an egg … I don't know if @davidshrigley had schools in mind when he created this image, but how better to illustrate how it must feel to be a school child in America? (For that matter, what it feels like to be a teacher or school … Continue reading Lay an Egg. Lay an Egg. Lay an Egg. The Productivity Problem

Let me be Zero – teacher as aspiring space holder

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 the Executive Director's request that I offer a poetic interlude to celebrate the intersection of the Mathematical and the Pedagogical threads of the conference between sessions. Less than three weeks … Continue reading Let me be Zero – teacher as aspiring space holder

Give them the universe.

… 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.

School Accountability, Feedback Systems, and Cupcake Contests

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”     – Albert Einstein – My friend Sam is a gravitational physicist who recently made a disappointing foray into high school teaching. In his late career enthusiasm for kindling new flames of lifelong interest by sharing his research passions with high … Continue reading School Accountability, Feedback Systems, and Cupcake Contests