Reflective Renewal

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Entries from November 2009

Why go it alone when we have our friends?

November 18th, 2009 by christine · 2 Comments · Creativity

Have you ever felt afraid to do something simply because you were alone? As an only child, that is a familiar concept to me. As a matter of fact, I think one of the many reasons that Lauree and I are such good friends is because we are both only children, and we had one [...]

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Understanding & collaboration found in Where the Wild Things Are

November 9th, 2009 by christine · No Comments · Creativity

As teachers, do you ever feel misunderstood and yearn for a school where you share a common vision and can easily collaborate with others?  Well, you are not alone.  I often feel that way. I couldn’t help but think of those same, vulnerable feelings when I re-read Maurice Sendak’s 1963 picture book Where the Wild [...]

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Go on and be fancy. Nancy says it’s ok

November 5th, 2009 by lauree · 2 Comments · Creativity

The lesson for me in Fancy Nancy is to share your individuality with the world, and to be appreciated for it. It is also about values.

I think most of us think we know our values without stopping to consider what they are. Case in point: fancy. Reading Fancy Nancy I was reminded how I have always thought of it as an interest, not on par with health and career, my “real” values.

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