What Does it Mean to Be Kind?

I’ve been thinking about what it means to be kind. Does being kind mean we let things go, or let others “walk all over” us? Does being kind mean we don’t speak out against racist remarks, or stay silent when we recognize oppressive systems at work in our communities, neighborhoods, places of work and homes?…

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8 Books to Inspire Your Teaching

Hey Educators & Friends! I haven’t written a post about teaching in awhile because I’ve been totally immersed in full time parenting. It’s been such a beautiful & ever-changing journey, with many challenges and many moments that I wish I could just freeze and bask in forever. With some of you having over a month…

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My Students, My Heart

This evening my husband, daughter, and I were enjoying dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. Our waiter ended up being a student I used to teach when I first arrived in the village of Placencia four years ago. I spent my student teaching & teaching career traveling around to so many different schools and…

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Children’s Books That Inspire & Empower

Today we are fortunate to have access to a surplus of amazing children’s books. Authors aren’t afraid to share real life injustices with children and hopefully, by having openhearted and frank conversations with our little ones, we will raise children who seek love, peace, and social justice for all. Children’s books are becoming more accessible…

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Habitat Inquiry Project

Last month, our research led us deep as we dove into the zones of the ocean! We had a blast with ocean exploration. The students were REALLY interested in the Hadal Zone and all the mysterious & “scary” animals that live there. This month, students are exploring animal habitats. Living in Belize is optimal for…

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Our Daily Rhythm

In the beginning of the year, I need at least a month for my students to settle into the rhythm of the day and classroom ways  so we can form a safe and peaceful classroom environment. My students are my family away from home. This is my first year homeschooling and I’ve had a range…

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Authentic Assessments: Free Spirit News

My students love to share what they are exploring in school with their families. Each month, the students create a collaborative newsletter. We do this together in class and it’s an awesome way to wrap up a unit of study and a really authentic assessment that students can get into. The students helped me come…

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Student Led Inquiry in a Multi-Age Setting

Student Led Inquiry. Hands on Learning. The Discovery Approach. What does this mean? Student led inquiry is letting students have a say in their learning. This will look different in each educational setting, but the purpose behind student led inquiry remains the same. Students learn the best when they are interested in what they are…

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Little Artists

ART. My heart is happy just thinking of loose parts and art supplies: rocks, gems, stones, paint, ribbon, yarn, crayons, chalk, markers, pencils, foil, paper, tissue paper. Chaos! Part of my transformative  journey in education is to vow to make art an integral part of every lesson…every part of learning. Through art, students express themselves…

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The Languages of a Child

Loris Malaguzzi, founder of the Reggia Emilia Approach, understood the languages of children. The languages of the human species. I’m absolutely in love with this poem as it expresses the type of transformative teaching I believe will change the world. One Hundred Languages of Children The child is made of one hundred. The child has…

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