Saturday, October 20th, 2012

My sprouting lettuce plants need thinned. Normally as a gardener you plant many more seeds than necessary to ensure you get enough. When you have too many plants too close together they compete for the same resources of water, sun and nutrients and none of them do as well as they would do with more space. So you have to either pull or cut the weakest sprouts. "Thinning" is choosing the strongest plant. Gardeners recommend cutting the plant as opposed to pulling to ensure that you... read more

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Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Brett C here. I wanted to talk about something that affects all teachers. I have noticed over the years that there have been times when it feels like all I see are my failures: the children who can't "get it" fast enough, the children who flunk out, the children who get in trouble with the school, their parents and even the law. The reason I bring this point up is I recently received a letter from a boy, Seth that I worked with almost ten years ago. At the time I was working at a... read more

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Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Why shouldn't education get a bigger piece of the sponsorship pie if it can be wholesome and healthy? I asked myself a few months ago. At the time the Bloomers! team had introduced the Bloomers! Schoolyard program to overwhelmingly positive reviews, successful testing in pilot schools, and a sincere expressed need by educators. And yet most of the schools we talked to could not afford it. I thought, Why not a sponsorship model? I mean if companies can put their names on the back of... read more

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Monday, July 9th, 2012

Brett C here again. I wanted to discuss a subject that every teacher has to deal with in one form or another, stress and frustration. One of the most common traits that all teachers and caregivers share is we put our clients or students needs and feelings above our own while we are at work. This is one of the things that makes us good teachers but it is also troubling for our own well being. As teachers we often have to deal with student's temper tantrums and insults, and just... read more

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Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Hello again everybody. Brett C here. I have been thinking a lot this week about goals and failing to achieve them. I know I'm not offering a ground breaking idea when I say that failing can be a learning opportunity for children (even very young children), but I think as teachers and especially parents, we forget that. I would like to tell a story that is a reminder that the only time we truly fail is when we stop trying.The day program for children of disabilities I was working at... read more

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