Intentional Changes!

Our four to nine your old Friends have confirmed my lifelong conviction that grades have no place in the development of deeply meaningful learning. I have researched, studied and most importantly experienced opening limitless opportunities for my young collaborators to learn for the pure joy and awesomeness of learning. With all there is to learn,…

Self reflection for education

I didn’t know the depths of my gratitude I said how grateful I was for this opportunity to learn together with these brilliant little people. I spoke aloud of my love for our abilities to adapt and thrive whatever the situation. Little did we know of the viral pandemic that would isolate us, forbidding loving…

I know Nothing

I know nothing about this time of not being close together. I know nothing about teaching online. I have been resistant to it. It is an anathema. Teaching is offering an environment of energetic activities; teaching is creating a community of curious doers who celebrate each other, even our mistakes, and discover alternatives. Teaching is…

Soft with moss

Remembering my mother’s care. She cared for everyone unconditionally. She lived her life fully and non-judgmentally connected to everyone she knew. Everyone. She listened fully and was forever generous in her gifts of time and love. Her father, Grandpa Baer, lived next door to us. My mom and grandfather both were true lovers of life.…

Training our Minds

Our minds are complex electrical, chemical reactions connecting every part of our body including our connections and reactions to our complex surroundings. We can live with intentionality, flexibility and wholeness if we can learn how to strengthen our minds. We can help ourselves achieve and maintain a balance of our complex biology. We can learn…

Presents

The gift of full presence is the biggest and best gift we can ever give another. Listen fully without judgement or expectations. Pay full attention. (Another task can wait!) Nothing is more important than being fully present. It is your gift. Offer it unconditionally. Respond honestly. An honest smile is a fine, nonverbal response. This…

What Will We Learn Today?

When the unthinkable happens. How do we deal? At least three major, undeniable, unthinkable global events threaten life on our small fragile planet. The climate crisis, ultimately created by the humans. The corona virus, COVID 19 pandemic, ultimately spread by humans. The financial crisis humans created. There is the growing gap of haves and have…

Stress Free Education

Each day of school I revel in the satisfaction of our stress free, yet challenging educational community. Without the threat and inequity of punishments and rewards (grades and other external carrots and sticks) learning is its own reward, so we are self motivated, community oriented and collaborative. Sugarwood Friends cheer their classmates endeavors, they gratefully…

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Being respectful is about listening. It is knowing your contribution matters to the wholeness of group. Showing respect models the compassion and empathy you will recognize as those seeds root deeply in the soil of your community and bloom bountifully. You will hear the language you speak. Listen carefully.