Cannon to right of them, Cannon to left of them, Cannon behind them Volley'd and thunder'd; Storm'd at with shot and shell, While horse & hero fell, They that had fought so well Came thro' the jaws of Death, Back from the mouth of Hell, All that was left of them, Left of six hundred. … Continue reading Georgia Year Four: A Battery of Hugs
Ah kids. Adorable and terrible. "They're noisy, they're messy, they're expensive. They smell."* My sister and I once tried to sell my brother at a yard sale. I think we wanted $1000. At school I teach kids as young as 5 and 6 in the 2nd grade. I had these particular kids last year when … Continue reading Georgia Year Four: Tears, Deserved and Accidental
This semester I have been teaching a "Health" class to kids ages 6-18. I said "health" because it's a bit broader than just talking about physical health. The program is called PSHE, which stands for Physical, Social, Health Education. It encompasses basically four main topics: Physical health, Mental health, Financial health, and Social health. So … Continue reading Georgia Year Four: “What a Stupid Family!”
As I am continually reminded in small ways, Georgia is a world apart from Cumberland, Maine. When I was a kid, I hardly knew any of my teachers. Maybe it’s presumptuous of me, but I get the feeling that most kids in America have a fairly professional relationship with their teachers. Teachers aren’t people; they … Continue reading Mas! … I Love You.
I must be doing something right. Maybe I'm getting the hang of this whole "teaching" business. Maybe I'm just too damn charming for my own good. Maybe I'm having a good week. Maybe all of the above? Not satisfied with my reasonable teacher's schedule of working during the morning/early afternoon at a school and privately … Continue reading Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A
Once again I’ve written for the Official TLG Blog! Check out my thoughts on Recess!
Probably not many people have heard of Amos Bronson Alcott, though many will likely recognize his daughter Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women. I for one, had never heard of him until I began giving some thought to a passage in a recent post. Alcott was an educator and a philosopher in the early 1800s in Boston, Massachusetts. Though radical at the time, the concepts that Alcott developed are in line with the current Western education standards the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia strives to achieve. Teaching by encouragement, art education, experiential learning, and tolerance in schools are clearly on the agenda for MES and have already begun to take hold in schools throughout Georgia thanks to TLG and the other educational reforms being enacted. One of Alcott’s important concepts that has gotten precious little attention thus far is the idea of physical education/recess. …
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