Getting Beyond “Yes” and “No”

If we’re being honest with ourselves, most of us find comfort in thinking that we have some control over our lives.  Being predictable is often perceived as better than being unpredictable, and many people set up their lives so that routine prevails and surprises are minimized. When we meet somebody new, we often call upon…

Reflective Intention-setting for Kids

Each December, we are barraged with images and articles encouraging us to set resolutions for the new year.  This year there seemed to be an additional set of articles about “all the things” successful people do.  In almost all of them, setting goals is near the top of the list.  I don’t know about you,…

Don’t Grow Up To Be “That Guy”

Using public transportation to and from New York City each day has given me ample opportunity to observe a wide variety of human behavior.  It has also allowed me to build up a surprising amount of angst towards particular behavior that seems to be repeated over and over. The following list encompasses some of the…

5 More Minutes? Please??

Just five more minutes!   When is this going to be over?   When is lunch?   When is Grandma going to be here? Time and its passage is a concept that takes some time for children to develop.  Because it’s so abstract, young children will repeatedly ask when something is going to happen and…

The Amazing Liquid Timer

Mesmerizing, right? The bubbles aren’t even moving, and you just want to stare at it.  I know. Of my six-plus years in the classroom, four were spent in an integrated co-teaching classroom.  For those who don’t know, an ICT room has two teachers, sometimes paraprofessionals, and children with IEPs and without.  One of the perks…