Category Archives: Teaching

Nature Journals: An Enduring Marriage of Art and Literature

By DEB CROWDER Deb Crowder has taught elementary, junior high and high school art, and has been a senior high art teacher at Monadnock Regional Junior-Senior High School in Swanzey, New Hampshire for the past twenty-one years. She recently completed … Continue reading

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Dynamic Landscapes, Dynamic Learning

By SHARYL GREEN For me, integrating technology into the curriculum has been adventurous, exasperating, humbling. At times it’s both an out-of-body experience and a zealous rush. I succeed at it because I’m surrounded by twenty, eager third graders, two fine … Continue reading

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“If These Walls Could Talk…” An Inside Look at Children’s Learning

By CAROL BERNER “If these walls could talk they would say, ‘where have all the little children gone’?” Fifth grader Brian proudly showed his model of a one-room schoolhouse—the former Conway Grammar School—to an audience packed with elementary school children. … Continue reading

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Empowering Students in a Second Language

By KRISTA ZIELINSKI “I see service-learning as an avenue for empowering students. Real change, sustainable change, happens one person at a time. Well implemented service-learning projects will address needs of each participant.” —Participant at CWI’s Summer Institute on Service-Learning It … Continue reading

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How Peacemaking Changed a School District

By CAROLYN SCHODT AND STACEY CRUISE For decades, neighbors called John Paul Jones Middle School “Jones’ Jail.” Repeatedly disruptive student behavior made learning an everyday struggle for teachers and students. Abysmal reading scores were accompanied by rampant incidents involving weapons, serious … Continue reading

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The School Garden as Therapeutic Education

By JENNIFER BETTINI BALDWIN and SHEILA CONANT BALDWIN Jennifer Bettini Baldwin is Director of Art Therapy at a therapeutic day school for ages 6-21 in Virginia. She has been employed there for nine years. Shelia Conant Baldwin is an Associate … Continue reading

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A Good Sentence

By LIZ BERTSCH Liz Bertsch is a founding faculty member of Hayground School on eastern Long Island. For the passed twenty years, Liz has taught children from three to thirteen years old and is currently teaching a multi-age classroom of … Continue reading

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Hope on a Tightrope: The Miller Street School

THE ECOLOGY OF TEACHING Hope on a Tightrope: The Miller Street School By HECTOR J. VILA Hector J. Vila is an Assistant Professor in Writing at Middlebury College in Vermont. He has been teaching writing in urban and rural environments … 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 … 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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