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Teacher Tom's Blog · 12h ago

An Accident Of Random Gurgling?

When our daughter was born, I wanted her to call me "Papa," so I said it to her a lot, mostly as part of a joke-y competition I had with my wife to be the first parent she named. I won the race when she was three months old: she said, "Papa," ...
Teacher Tom's Blog · 1d ago

This Is Not A Problem With People Or Math

Surveys of American students find that the majority of us feel relatively good abou...
Teacher Tom's Blog · 3d ago

Good People, What Are We Waiting On?

This is what I've been reflecting upon over these past 24 hours. They're all short, they're all important. I hope you'll really listen. Good people, what are we waiting on?"Race hatre...
Teacher Tom's Blog · 6d ago

You Can't Hang A Label On That

We call what we do at the Woodland Park Cooperative School a "play-based curriculum...
Teacher Tom's Blog · 1w ago

What Is She Learning?

I was recently asked how I go about explaining to skeptical parents what their child is learning as she plays. It's a common enough question, one I don't need to address very often in my day-to-day life as a teacher, largely because the Woodla...
Teacher Tom's Blog · 1W ago

One Foot Forever In Each Place

For the past month or so, I've not slept more than two nights in the same place as I've travelled around the great nation of Australia while speaking with teachers and parents at my stops along the way. I've had some memorable adventures, seen...
Teacher Tom's Blog · 1W ago

Now He Does Know

Kids were pumping water, creating a stream through the sand. As they played another group decided to build three bridges over it, side-by-side, using a plank, the homemade ladder, and a log.Later I was sitting in our sandpit boat pretending to...
Teacher Tom's Blog · 1W ago

Bearing Burdens

As we disembarked from the rear door of our plane in Perth and walked across the tarmac, one of my fellow passengers caught my eye. I'd noticed him prior to boarding as well, an aboriginal man, slender, loose-limbed, probably about my age with...
Teacher Tom's Blog · 1W ago

Brave

We live in Seattle, close to some of the best skiing in the world, so when our daughter Josephine was about three we figured we ought to introduce her to our area's favorite winter sport. We started with the cross country brand and had a lot o...
Teacher Tom's Blog · 2W ago

A Bit Of Space And Time For Her To Do It Her Way

One of the special features of our outdoor classroom is what we call the concrete slide, a slab poured on a steep slope as part of erosion control efforts that also includes several large lilacs. I've written about it before, telling the story...