Forest Friday lessons for K-2

If you’re reading this, it probably means you’re interested in nature education and getting your students outdoors as much as possible. In today’s teaching world, however, it sometimes seems impossible to find the time for it. I’ve found over the years that having a designated time that I ALWAYS bring my students

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Current obsessions: January 2017

It's been a while since I posted! Winter is one of the times that I like to retreat into myself, figure out my Word of the Year, set some intentions, all that lovely New Years stuff. I thought about setting a 2017 intention to blog more consistently, but I realized that would take the joy out of it for me.

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What I could have said: Addressing racial stereotypes in kindergarten

Happy October! Last week I had the privilege of guest-posting on one of my favorite blogs, Raising Race Conscious Children. You can check out the original article here, and then spend some time browsing their other articles. It was an immense pleasure to contribute to the knowledge they have there, for parents, educators and others who are interested in talking about race with children!

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Current obsessions: September 2016

I've been making lists called "Current Obsessions" since I was in middle school. These were primarily in the form of mix tapes and CDs, which, if you know me, is not at all surprising. (I am really into lists and also really into mix CDs.) So I decided to carry over my tradition of putting together a list of the songs I'm currently obsessed with, and tweak it a bit for the blog

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Mindfulness in the classroom: a six-week unit

I've talked before about teaching mindfulness in the classroom - I started it this year with my students, and LOVED it. My kindergarteners are young and energetic and emotional and impulsive, there's no denying it - but learning the components of mindfulness, including mindful breathing and finding a quiet space to calm down, really made a difference in how they interacted with each other and with themselves.

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