Teach Your Child to Be An “Includer”

By Katie Hurley, LCSW Social & Emotional Learning A ten-year-old girl came to me with tears in her eyes. She was sad and frustrated and couldn’t understand why her “former best friend” left her out at recess that day. To hear this little girl tell her version of events, her friend iced her out of a new club she formed with their peer group. Not only that, the other girl teased her in the classroom to get a laugh from the kids around her. It’s a heartbreaking story to hear, and yet I hear some version of this over and over again […]

How do I Find and Create Goodness for My Children?

By Susan Weber In difficult times such as these with environmental disaster of almost unprecedented scale and concern about friends and others in Japan at the forefront of our thoughts, it is not easy to feel the goodness in life. In an external crisis, our urge is often to listen and see the news and to share our feelings with other adults. As a consequence, it is easy for the children around us to be exposed to things that they cannot understand, to become fearful about situations they will never see and cannot change even if we think that the […]

Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention by Paul Lewis in San Francisco, Friday, October 6, 2017, The Guardian Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptop’s operating system to block Reddit, banned himself from Snapchat, which he compares to heroin, and imposed limits on his use of Facebook. But even that wasn’t enough. In August, the 34-year-old tech executive took a more radical step to restrict his use of social media and other addictive technologies. Rosenstein purchased a new iPhone and […]

Education for Nonviolence: The Waldorf Way

By Torin M. Finser, PhD Reviewed by Rebecca Hipps In a world of increasing violence and destruction, many parents and educators are asking, “How can we raise children with the resilience needed to face such challenges?  How can we help our children become confident and compassionate contributors in society?”  In his new book, Education for Nonviolence: The Waldorf Way, Dr. Torin Finser examines the source of evil and terror, identifying its root within the human soul.  If human nature has the capacity for both goodness and evil, Dr. Finser argues that educators and parents must be concerned with educating not just the […]

21 Ways to Reach a Child’s Heart

“We were never meant to take care of children whose hearts we did not have, and that includes our teenagers. When they are not in right relationship with us, their instincts are to resist us, to oppose us, to shy away from us.” – Dr. Gordon Neufeld Dr. Neufeld’s work in attachment theory has been instrumental in the way I now view children, childhood, and my role as a parent. Specifically, my understanding that children are not meant to follow those to whom they are not attached was a pivotal point in my journey as a mom. What does it mean […]

Teens ‘rebelling against social media’, say headteachers

By Emma Thelwell | BBC News | 5 October 2017 Almost two-thirds of schoolchildren would not mind if social media had never been invented, research suggests. A survey of almost 5,000 students, mainly aged between 14 and 16, found a growing backlash against social media – with even more pupils (71%) admitting to taking digital detoxes to escape it. Benenden, an independent girls boarding school in Kent, told BBC News that its pupils set up a three-day “phone-fast”. Some girls found fears of being offline were replaced by feelings of relief. Sixth former Isobel Webster, 17, said: “There’s a feeling that you […]

The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life: the new sleep science

By Rachel Cooke, The Guardian, September 24, 2017 Matthew Walker has learned to dread the question “What do you do?” At parties, it signals the end of his evening; thereafter, his new acquaintance will inevitably cling to him like ivy. On an aeroplane, it usually means that while everyone else watches movies or reads a thriller, he will find himself running an hours-long salon for the benefit of passengers and crew alike. “I’ve begun to lie,” he says. “Seriously. I just tell people I’m a dolphin trainer. It’s better for everyone.” Walker is a sleep scientist. To be specific, he […]

Doctors warn cities that LED street lights can cause serious health issues

by Kristine Lofgren, inhabit.com, June 23, 2017 Many cities have shifted to LED lights in a bid to be more energy and cost efficient, but LED lights have another price – and it comes at our health. This week, the American Medical Association (AMA) issued an official statement warning that cities need to consider residents’ health when installing the bright lighting because it can cause damage to our sight and disrupt our circadian rhythms. Think of it as living with a bunch of giant computer screens blaring around your neighborhood, and you get the idea. The AMA unanimously adopted an official policy giving cities guidelines for […]

David & Goliath & 6th Grade

From The Educator’s Cooperative | August 30, 2017 | By Kshyer This installment of the CoOp Corner feature’s Linden Waldorf teacher Sherri Scott. Her perspective, experience, and insight have benefited the work of the teachers in the Cooperative immeasurably. Sherri’s post on her summer training offer a powerful reflection on how we prepare our students for all challenges that await. This August marks my 38th “back to school,” and it feels just as exciting, just as scary, and just as compelling as always.  I am a sixth grade teacher; that is a new grade for me, but not a new […]

Losing our grip: More students entering school without fine motor skills

By Kimberly Marselas, | LNP CORRESPONDENT, Oct 26, 2015 As art teacher Alisa Leidich sends four vertical lines marching across an oversize drawing pad in paradelike formation, 20 kindergartners put their hands to paper and try their best to mimic her. It’s not as easy as it might seem. Local teachers and occupational therapists say an increasing number of children are showing up for kindergarten without the fine motor skills needed to grip a marker, hold their paper still while coloring or cut and glue shapes. “We’re basically reteaching a lot of things,” says Denver Elementary School’s Denise Young, a […]