Bringing Light Into the Darkness

It's been cold. The sort of weather where you step outside and it feels like your nostril hairs are instantly frozen. But with lots of gear, we still went out. All sorts of activities become instantly new and exciting in the icy snow. The slide is faster than ever before. You can drag shapes in the snow while swinging on your belly. Bubbles freeze into globes you can hold, then shatter in new ways. There was ice to crack, snow for shoveling pathways, and sled rides with an impressive team of "sled dogs." We reveled in the feel of the sun on our faces, in the moments when we had sun, and looked at the length of our shadows in these shortest of days. Holiday Celebrations We did our best these

Natural Learning

"Give pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking, or the intentional noting of connections; learning naturally results." John Dewey argued for this type of education 100 years ago in his book Democracy and Education. When a group of children is working to make a "horse-catcher trap" on the playground, I see this at work. They discuss the relative value of different materials - where do they put the jump ropes and the hula hoops? They make knots, experiment pulling on different ropes to make the whole thing rise into the air, and revise their design when it doesn't work right. They are learning about physics, compromise, and storyte

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