Category Archives: Cosmic Education

Good Old Trees

The oldest living trees are older than you might think!


This one is in Sweden.

The oldest in the US?

Methuselah, a bristlecone pine tree from California’s White Mountains, is thought to be almost 5,000 years old—and the oldest non-clonal tree in the world. The exact location of the gnarled, twisted Methuselah is a Forest Service secret, for its protection (that might not be it above).Apr 26, 2014″

http://m.mentalfloss.com/article.php?id=29879

Libraries Are Some of My Best Friends

Here’s why:

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When I was in high school , someone gave me a copy of the Autobiography of Malcolm X. It changed my life on many ways… Most of all, I admire Malcolm’s voracious quest for the truth and his unending pursuit of self change and transformation.
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‘Nuff Said.

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This ABC BOOK is more than an easy reader. I love alpha beta books because they are often powerful compendiums of arcane knowledge hiding in disguise.

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Many libraries such as Pierre Botineau and Nokomis and Roosevelt ( above ) have science ( X rays) and other hands on activities for children to explore.

Magic

Sarah Kay says, ” I write poem to figure thing out.”

 

Kay Sarah Sera

“I am young enough to know about Magic Cats” and Fairies. Are you?

Poet, Sarah Kay, reading one of her poems:

Here’s another of her poems, that actually became a short picture book called

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“If I should have a daughter…”

(Teachers, Check out “Ten Things I Know to Be True”

at 10:00)

Why do you think she decided to call it that? Do you think she would say the same things to her son? Why or why not?
What verse will you add to the cosmic story ?

What will be YOUR gift to this wide wise world?

Famous Montessorians

Stephen Curry

I’m a huge NBA basketball fan and a huge Montessori fan.

So is Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors:

https://amshq.org/About-AMS/News-and-Announcements/News-Releases/2013/10-29-Living-Montessori-The-Curry-Family
“Montessori gave me a lot of confidence at a young age,” says Curry. “I used to love it when I’d come to school because there was something new I was going to learn every single day.”

https://vimeo.com/78075368

Says his mother, who founded the school:


“Montessori for my family has really been the staple of everything,” she says. “I love Montessori for the fundamental aspects that it affords children … independence, the intrinsic love for learning, responsibility, respect for yourself, for other people.” 

Stephen Curry credits Montessori with instilling in him the skills to learn at his own pace as well as to harness his strengths, work on his weaknesses, and develop a sense that he could achieve anything.

Ken Robinson and the Element: Curiosity, Creativity, and Mistakes

Happy Holidays, everyone.

Ken Robinson and his books, The Element, are the reasons that I became a teacher, for the second time.

I was an elementary school teacher for nearly 20 years before I heard about this thing called Montessori Education. I remember, vividly, watching this video for the first time when I was teaching in Taiwan and contemplating taking the giant leap to get my Montessori training. His book, The Element, convinced me that being among other Montessori teachers, parents, and children would help me find my “element”: a community in which curiosity and creativity are valued, not killed.

The Video that inspired me to become a Montessori teacher:

http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity#t-334803

Another interesting article on the subject:

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/08/debunking-the-genius-myth/

More on Ken Robinson:

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.

Why you should listen

Why don’t we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it’s because we’ve been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies — far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity — are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” Robinson says. It’s a message with deep resonance. Robinson’s TEDTalk has been distributed widely around the Web since its release in June 2006. The most popular words framing blog posts on his talk? “Everyone should watch this.”

A visionary cultural leader, Sir Ken led the British government’s 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements. His 2009 book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, is a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into 21 languages. A 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, was published in 2011. His latest book, Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, will be published by Viking in May 2013.