Head of School at Poughkeepsie Day School
“None of us is as smart as all of us.” — Japanese proverb There’s brainpower in numbers. But you don’t get there by brainstorming. Read more at NYTimes Unboxed
Here’s a blog with an irresistible url Stop Holford Talking Rubbish. (Yes – that is the real name). It’s by someone who takes exception to the work of one Patrick Holford – a UK nutritionist (no relation.)
Wonderful pictures of what looks like a creative classroom in a pre-Plowden primary school. Look at the desk arrangements. From the Imperial War Museum collection.
There’s solid evidence that American students do well when they are encouraged to think for themselves and expected to collaborate with one another. There’s a great Opinion piece by David L. Kirp* in the NY Times today: Make School a Democracy The story begins in a one-room schoolhouse in Armenia, Columbia with a mixed-age (5-13) […]
It was University of Toronto English professor Marshall McLuhan who predicted universal connectivity. Listen to this archival interview from April 1965 where he predicts a future for education saying that: “in the future people will no longer only gather in classrooms to learn but will also be moved by “electronic circuitry.” How far are we […]
Every year there are new hats on the shelf in the kindergarten. Every year there are so many opportunities for kindergartners to try on new roles and responsibilities. Kindergarten is known as the age of industry for a reason: Make a suggestion and these children are ready to take it on and try it on. […]
A beautiful spring day and students took full advantage over lunch-time.
When the night winds whistle through the trees and blow the crisp brown leaves a-crackling down,When the autumn moon is big and yellow-orange and round, When old Jack Frost is sparkling on the ground,It’s Thanksgiving Time! – from Thanksgiving Time by Langston Hughes I hope your holiday is wonderful.
Check out this terrific film made by Erica Enriquez created in 2013 while in her sophomore year in high at Poughkeepsie Day School. It’s about New York state’s standardized testing system, in comparison to Piaget’s theories regarding the cognitive development of young children. Thinking Outside the Bubble from Erica Enriquez on Vimeo.
Out with the old, in with the new. Well – not quite so fast. While change and forward momentum are to be welcomed, not everything old needs replacing and not everything new is improved.Take – for example – this vintage wooden potato masher. It stomped its way through the mounds of spuds and root vegetables […]