Category Archives: Teaching

“Obvious” Questions & Thinking Like a Child

By DONNA MARIA ROMEO, PhD. Have you ever found yourself talking to someone about a seemingly mundane subject, such as “your morning cup of coffee routine,” only to discover to your surprise that he or she doesn’t have a morning … Continue reading

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Our Kids Are Kids

We interviewed public school administrator Anna Kuykendal, from urban Githens Middle School in Durham, North Carolina. Anna testifies very eloquently to the power of bringing public and independent K-12 school educators together for the conversations and work that MATTERS. These … Continue reading

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Supporting Smaller Schools and Their Communities

By JOE BROOKS, Community Works Institute (CWI) Over the past several decades small school consolidation and regionalization of schools has rolled on and rolled out in so many communities. Our colleague and contributing editor Stuart Grauer, a teacher, head of … Continue reading

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Freeways and Country Lanes: A Rebirth of the Small Community School?

By STUART GRAUER Dr. Stuart Grauer is a teacher, the founding Head of School at The Grauer School, and Founder of The Small Schools Coalition. “Will metro areas evolve from the behemoths they are today into a series of smaller … Continue reading

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Socially Minded Gaming That Makes a Difference

FROM THE INSIDE — Thoughts on Place-Based Education at a Community College By DIANE SHINGLEDECKER Fall is the time of year that brings to mind brightly colored leaves, crisp apples, sweater-weather, and lots of computer gaming! Computer gaming? It does if you, … Continue reading

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A Teacher Connects The Brain and Service-Learning

By SUE BOS As the last weeks of summer slip away, I find myself thinking more and more about the upcoming school year. It happens every year at this time; physically I’m still on vacation but my mind is on … Continue reading

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Teachers Using Passion Projects to Chase Student Dreams

By JOHN WIRSZYLA I’ve always thought I’ve had an interesting educational career that materialized out of a series of events. I was kicked out of typing class in 12th grade for calling the typing teacher something I shouldn’t have and … Continue reading

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Intentional Teaching, Against the Odds

By STUART GRAUER Dr. Stuart Grauer is a teacher, the founding Head of School at The Grauer School, and Founder of The Small Schools Coalition. “When we are born, we cry that we are come To this great stage of … Continue reading

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The Stone Wall Project: A Reflection on Hands-On Learning and Immovable Objects

by MARTINA DANCING EDITORS NOTE: The Stone Wall Project at Guilford Central School in Vermont was part of a long term effort to create and demonstrate the effect and power of hands-on place basedservice-learning experiences — for both students and … Continue reading

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One-Room School Houses: A Living History Curriculum Unit

This article is from our Journal archives and is one of our top reads ever. Kathy and Dale designed and carried out this unit as members of the primary teaching team at The Guilford School in Vermont. Dale began planning … Continue reading

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