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There’s all this talk of ‘’best practices’’ in education but nobody talks about worst practices.  Well, here’s something that I think qualifies as a ‘’worst practice’’ – it involves educators’ propensity to teach mostly explicit knowledge as opposed to tacit knowledge.  Scientist and philosopher Michael Polanyi bases his understanding of ‘’tacit knowing’’ on the principle...
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Everybody is born with a love for learning.  Look at a baby. She wants to explore everything around her, tasting, touching, smelling, feeling, hearing – learning all about the environment (including her own body).  Nature set things up that way so that we’d always be learning, growing, and adapting to an ever-changing environment. Something, however,...
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With mindfulness practices being all the rage in school these days, some teachers are bound to respond with a feeling of doubt or even exasperation, thinking: ”I already have enough on my plate, curriculum-wise, and I see mindfulness as just another thing I have to incorporate into my classroom.” This objection is understandable, because teachers...
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via GIPHY Our kids are coming to school this school year from a world driven by polarization, aggression, lack of civility, and bullying, among other ills.  All the more reason to inject more kindness into the classroom day.  Kindness is an instinct that is found in babies, but it needs stimulation from the environment to...
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With the growth of mindfulness in classrooms around the country and the world, a number of misconceptions have arisen about mindful practices which deserve to be clarified. The Myth:  “Mindfulness is just another form of mind control over our children.” The Reality:  Mindfulness actually helps children gain control of their own minds so that they’re...
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