One of my favorite things in life is connecting with old friends who have challenged my thinking. That happened this week when Carly Albee — a fantastic teacher in Western North Carolina and a part of a cohort of teachers that I traveled to Denmark with almost a decade ago — showed up in the comment section of my recent post on fidget spinners.
Carly dug my notion that kids obsessing over fidget spinners can be a valuable source of formative feedback for teachers, but she pushed my thinking even further when she wrote:
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Carly’s right, isn’t she. Our kids DO need to run and play and cover their fingers in sand. They need to feel the sun on their faces and breathe fresh air and stumble through the grass.
They need unstructured opportunities to explore and to wonder and to think. Better yet, they need a chance to build stronger connections with one another by exploring and wondering and thinking together. And most importantly — particularly in a week when our President repudiated scientific consensus by walking away from the Paris Climate Agreement — they need to build stronger connections with our Earth. It’s hard to appreciate our planet when you spend half of your life looking at it from behind a window.
Are those opportunities a regular part of YOUR school’s bell schedule?
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