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Teacher Tom's Blog · 4h ago

The Proper Thing To Do With Power

I don't have the right to tell other people what to do, even if those people are children. I make mistakes, of course, I've lived my whole life in a society that tends to feel otherwise, but each day I strive to remember that no matter what my...
Teacher Tom's Blog · 1d ago

A "Joke-y" Teacher

I've not sat down to do the math, but I've sent hundreds of kids off into the world from the Woodland Park Cooperative School. For most of them, I was their first and only teacher, which means that, for better or worse, I've had both the respo...
Teacher Tom's Blog · 2d ago

Space For Children To Do Their Own Thinking

My university rhetoric professor once asserted that "language creates reality." I w...
Teacher Tom's Blog · 3d ago

Something We Do

School is officially out for the summer, but we continue to run our summer program, a series of two week sessions with an ever-changing community of children, although to be honest, I'm using the word "community" more out of habit than anythin...
Teacher Tom's Blog · 4d ago

Adults At Play

The summer solstice is a couple of days away and we're still experiencing June-uary...
Teacher Tom's Blog · 1w ago

A Proud And Grateful Cowboy

I've been writing here, almost daily, for eight years. When I posted on Teacher Tom...
Teacher Tom's Blog · 1W ago

Ignorance And Wisdom

I was passing a pair of five-year-olds on my way to something else when I overheard one of them saying, "When you get older you forget more stuff." It was one of those comments that is either full of great ignorance or great wisdom, so I slowe...
Teacher Tom's Blog · 1W ago

That's How To Share

If there's one aspect of our outdoor classroom that consistently provokes conflict, it would be our swing set. With only two regular seats and 20 or so kids, there's almost always someone waiting for a turn, or, more precisely, someone who is ...
Teacher Tom's Blog · 1W ago

The Things We Did Together

I've been married for 30 years . . . All to the same woman. (Rim shot! Thank you very much. I'll be here all week. Tell your friends!)We were in our 20's when we started dating. One of our late night hang outs was a place called The Dog House....
Teacher Tom's Blog · 1W ago

That Has To Be Enough

I don't make lesson plans, at least not in the traditional sense. I've certainly reflected upon what the kids were doing and talking about yesterday, then made my best guess about where they might want to take it today. Based on these reflecti...