An Incredible Story of Hope 😍😭😘

An Incredible Story of Hope 😍😭😘

He taught them what THEY needed…not what HE wanted to teach, not necessarily what the STANDARDS said to teach, he taught them something that not only boosted their grades, but gave them hope, gave them confidence, gave them something to smile about. A beautiful story ❤️.   How can you use this idea with your kiddos? […]

I’m Looking For Stories…

I’m Looking For Stories…

I love research. But what I love even more is seeing it in action. I love reading about teachers who took the leap and made a difference in students lives. I love reading about parents who go the extra mile. It melts my heart EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. That is what life is about isn’t it? […]

It’s Not About What You Need to Teach, It’s About What They Need to Learn

It’s Not About What You Need to Teach, It’s About What They Need to Learn

It’s easy to get so caught up in the standards you are supposed to teach, the results your students are supposed to be showing, the changes the state says we need to make…I admit I get sucked into this funnel myself. But WE MUST NOT FORGET that we are here to take our students from […]

Add This to Your Lesson, and Your Students Eyes Are Guaranteed to Sparkle With Wonder!

Add This to Your Lesson, and Your Students Eyes Are Guaranteed to Sparkle With Wonder!

A huge part of, maybe I should reword that, a CRITICAL part of learning is adding wonder, grabbing your students by the brains and making them ask questions, think, brainstorm, figure out…here is a great mini project to throw into your week….Use it as it is, or adjust the iPhone video to fit a lesson […]

Don’t Send Home a Worksheet, Send This Instead…

Don’t Send Home a Worksheet, Send This Instead…

Homework. Some people love it, some people hate it. I think everyone is unique. I think every class is unique. Some will flourish with homework, some do better without it. If your kiddos need homework, please don’t send home a worksheet! Try this instead…. What is so special about this form of homework?   Two things… […]

Learning In Action…OUTSIDE!

Learning In Action…OUTSIDE!

I know we all don’t live near a place this enchanting, or have the money to visit places like this often, but the key here is this- his eyes are sparkling, he is allowed to be a kid, he is learning outside! Our kids need more time outside…Such a beautiful moment… Adorable Kid Breaks Down […]

Step 4: Chasing Rainbows Skyrockets Learning!

Step 4: Chasing Rainbows Skyrockets Learning!

Step 4: Chasing Rainbows Skyrockets Learning “Childhood is filled with natural wonder and curiosity…The learning environment must reflect spaces that inspire a sense of wanting to investigate, to find out, to explore…” We have a rainbow that likes to visit us almost everyday. He showed up one sunny day, shining through the front door… He […]

THIS is What Homework Should Look Like…

THIS is What Homework Should Look Like…

Let’s Talk Homework One my biggest goals with TreeSchool is to create a community. A community of passionate people who want to make a difference in education. I have been working with a 2nd grade teacher the past couple of weeks to make some adjustments in her classroom to help the students flourish, to ignite […]

Step 3: Reflections Are Just As Important as Your Morning Coffee

Step 3: Reflections Are Just As Important as Your Morning Coffee

Step 3: Reflection time is CRITICAL. So I’ve been walking you through the big picture of teaching in a Reggio-Inspired way…in a way that puts the child’s interests first, that allows students to learn in their own way in their own time, in a way that allows them to keep the magic of childhood in […]

Step 2: Interest + Curiosity + Reflection = Forever Learning

Step 2: Interest + Curiosity + Reflection = Forever Learning

Interest + Curiosity + Reflection = Forever Learning  >>>  This equation is the cornerstone to teaching in a truly child-centered frame of mind- as they do in the Reggio Emilia Approach. I want to give you the building blocks for teaching in a Reggio-inspired way, and then down the road, after you get your feet wet, […]

Education is Moving Forward, Are You With Us?

Education is Moving Forward, Are You With Us?

Maya Angelou once said, “Do the best you can until you know better, and then when you know better, do better.”  We have done the best we can educating our children, we’ve made some amazing discoveries, we’ve pushed education to a new level, but new research is coming out, we are learning that there is even […]

Let Them Be Little

Let Them Be Little

Let them be little…let them run and play and be silly…let them enjoy the magic of childhood…let them tell you their story…believe in them…   This video is a little snippet of an introduction to the Reggio Emilia approach to learning. This approach is about letting the child’s interests guide their learning. The approach has also […]

Step 1: What Makes Your Child’s Eyes Sparkle?

Step 1: What Makes Your Child’s Eyes Sparkle?

First, I want to say I am so glad you are here! This direction you are choosing to go will have a huge impact on you and your child’s life, and hopefully the life of many other kids as we spread this movement together. I think these words have found you for a reason, and I […]