Porn is Not the Worst Thing on Musical.ly

By Anastasia Basil, www.waituntil8th.org, March 19, 2018 My daughter is ten. She wants me to download the Musical.ly app on my phone so she can make funny lip-sync videos. Everyone has it, she whines, even the kid whose mom is an FBI agent/social worker/pediatrician/nun. Wow. Well. In that case… I download the app while she’s at school but it won’t let me explore without an account. I create a profile under Chardonaynay47, only to delete that and opt for something less momish — gummibear9. One word sums up my experience: Nowayismykidgettingthisapp. Musical.ly looks innocent — just kids making music videos, and it is that, but more so […]

The problem with our schools? There’s not enough playtime.

By Sir Ken Robinson, Unilever.com, May 17, 2018 Prepare, test, repeat Standardised systems of education often hamper children’s full development. The focus on narrow academic outcomes suits some, but too many never discover their personal talents and interests. Young people are also under inordinate pressures from ‘high stakes’ testing and assessment. These are called high stakes because they have stark implications for their own progress and, often, for their schools and teachers. The consequence is that even young children are spending more and more time doing homework and studying for exams. They pay a high price in other ways, including […]

Ramifications of Early Screen Use – Content, duration, and age of first exposure are critical

By Cris Rowan, from movingtolearn.ca Research regarding screen use in the early years is revealing significant changes to brain and body development, necessitating immediate public health education interventions. Understanding how the brain and body develop in relation to a child’s environment is key in understand the profound causal and associative relationship between screens and child health. This article will profile three critical components to consider when evaluating screen impact including content, duration, and early exposure. Proposed initiatives follow Balanced Technology Management (BTM) frame of reference where parents and teachers strive to manage balance between critical factors for optimal child development and growth, with screen […]

7 Benefits of Waldorf’s “Writing to Read” Approach

From Nelson Waldorf School Waldorf Education starts to set the foundation for reading in kindergarten. Learning to read is allowed to evolve for each child in the same form as it evolved from the beginning of humanity: spoken language developed first, then people drew pictures to communicate their ideas, followed by symbols such as hieroglyphics and finally the abstract letters of our modern alphabets. Once there was a written language, people learned to read. This is exactly the sequence in which children master language, and it also is the sequence in which reading is taught in Waldorf schools. 1. Importance […]

Why kids and teens may face far more anxiety these days

By Amy Ellis Nutt, The Washington Post, May 10, 2018 When it comes to treating anxiety in children and teens, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook are the bane of therapists’ work. “With (social media), it’s all about the self-image — who’s ‘liking’ them, who’s watching them, who clicked on their picture,” said Marco Grados, associate professor of psychiatry and clinical director of child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital. “Everything can turn into something negative … [K]ids are exposed to that day after day, and it’s not good for them.” Anxiety, not depression, is the leading mental health issue among American youths, and […]

Video: Teaching Modern Science

How can we develop a curriculum that leverages the changes adolescents experience through high school to create scientists capable of asking and answering questions that are not yet known? Here’s a compelling interview with author, inventor, Waldorf teacher, and science education mentor, Michael D’Aleo, created by the Waldorf School of the Peninsula. Watch the video here.

Reflections on our Waldorf Math Research Colloquium in NYC

By Jamie York via WaldorfToday.com A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending of a Waldorf math research colloquium in New York City with 17 colleagues. We shared math puzzles, did some geometry together, and had many fruitful discussions. I was encouraged by the quality of mathematics teaching that appears to be happening in many of our Waldorf schools, and struck by how different our methods and teaching styles are. As my professional life transitions from full-time high school math teacher to that of a traveling math missionary, I spend a good deal of time thinking about […]

Why Did Waldorf Middle School Students Beat Hopkins Engineers at Their Own Game?

Posted by The Waldorf School of Baltimore, February 23, 2014  On Wednesday February 19, 2014 a group of 4 middle school girls from the Waldorf School of Baltimore earned an honor they will never forget. After besting seven middle school teams at designing a structure made entirely of marshmallows and spaghetti, they topped that achievement by winning First Place against Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering students and alumni. This contest is an annual kickoff to celebrate National Engineer Week, and helps to promote STEM education and careers. It is called the Tower of Power in Half an Hour. The challenge […]

Connection Precedes Learning and Self-regulation ~ Why Relationships are Foundational in Education and Life

Connection Precedes Learning and Self-regulation ~ Why Relationships are Foundational in Education and Life Connection precedes learning “Putting your students’ emotional needs first is important because without feeling safe and understood, no instructional strategy will be effective.” ~ Jasper Fox, Sr.   How often and in how many ways do we make learning far more important than connection? The school system has been designed to make learning paramount and so often at the cost of the core biological need to bond. This breaks the hearts of so many teachers I present to, leaving them in tears, angry, frustrated. They dearly […]

Building Social & Emotional Intelligence in Children – How to Teach Connection and Civility

by Melissa Benaroya, heysigmund.com In our changing world, teaching children civility is more important than ever. Civility goes beyond being polite and courteous; it involves listening to others with an open mind, disagreeing respectfully, and seeking common ground to start a conversation about differences. By teaching skills like empathy, problem-solving,and perspective taking, we can help nurture civility in our children. Perspective taking. Perspective taking is a critical skill for working in groups and resolving interpersonal conflicts. When children don’t stop to think about other people’s perspectives, it’s easy for them to make inaccurate assumptions about others’ intentions. And acting on these assumptions can […]