Reflective Renewal

finding meaning and inspiration in children's literature

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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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Reflecting on Description & Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

October 27th, 2009 by christine · No Comments · Uncategorized

While Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs may seem like a simple picture book, it actually contains a great deal of complexity in its simple pages. The concept of food falling from the sky is obviously creative, fun, and unique. Imagine the possibilities!

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What makes a teacher effective?

October 20th, 2009 by christine · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

So, what qualities make a teacher effective? As educators, this is a question we often ask ourselves, especially for inspiration. Let’s face it—at the end of the day, teaching is a very demanding, challenging profession, and we deserve opportunities to reflect on inspirational teachers and teaching stories that provide us with those rays of inspiration [...]

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