Archive for the 'Education' Category

Math Before Coffee

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Math is a language. You can learn bit by bit, or you can learn by immersion. I suspect the former is a more successful process. However, this morning my brother tweeted about “fun with math” and linked to a video about the “everything” number. It’s about Tupper’s Self-Referential Formula.Link here. Thus began my introduction to […]

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For the Love of Math

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

As a child, I loathed math. From the very earliest — first grade — it confounded and intimidated me. I felt stupid. My father, being an elementary teacher, sought to bolster my learning by doing flashcards for addition and subtraction. In order to perform and please him, and my teacher, I memorized the cards. I […]

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Good Advice

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

I saw this clip, and I think it’s so valuable!

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Lying and Defiance in Children

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

The topic of defiance has popped up in my life in several places recently, and so today I share some reflections on it. When I did my practicum as a therapist in training, I worked at a private mental hospital. In my work with children, they would sometimes describe a home life that sounded unreal, […]

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Be Mighty, Be Daring

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

I enjoy creating in so many ways. My friend L (mom of one of Claire’s friends) and I are developing an informal girl group. After spending many years driving to see friends (which we’ll continue doing) we want to create friendships and develop deeper connections in the neighborhood. After careful consideration, we decided to forgo […]

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Look Inside

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

One of my daughter’s favorite performers are Peter, Paul, & Mary, and one of her favorite songs by them is called Inside. Tonight I was scanning Facebook and came across a link from A Mighty Girl. A Mighty Girl is an excellent resource of zillions of ideas, toys, book titles, articles and more to help […]

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Building With Stories and Tools

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Introducing the Cat Walker, designed and created by Claire. It was engineered to exercise a cat while transporting other beings. (In this case, it’s Benjamin Cranklin the Cat hauling two Katinka the Dolphin Ballerinas.) She made this using her GoldieBlox toys. The field of engineering consists roughly of 13 % women and 87% men. A […]

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Some Things Dinosaur

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Claire’s class sends home book biweekly. Students are to read it and make a project to show and tell to the class. This week was Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones by Byron Barton. She wanted to make fossils, and so we dug up some toys, mixed salt dough, and made some. Dinosaurs are a beloved topic […]

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Writing Tip

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

I get stuck in vocabulary ruts, and sometimes I need visual reminders of how to escape. I found this tip helpful and plan to keep it handy: 45 Ways to Avoid Using the Word Very

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Steps

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Some more thoughts from my last post — a little progress report. I met with the director of volunteers at the Hospice of the Valley. I came away with an internal tension. One one end, I feel the calling to work the the dying and the grieving. On the other is the rest of my […]

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