Reflective Renewal

finding meaning and inspiration in children's literature

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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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Playing school

October 13th, 2009 by christine · No Comments · Uncategorized

I genuinely wonder, why can’t we just sit back, relax, and look at children’s books for our clues? The literature sheds such light on our lives, which then impacts our teaching and everything else we do.

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Everything I learned about life, I learned from a children’s book

October 13th, 2009 by lauree · No Comments · Uncategorized

Welcome to Reflective Renewal! The idea behind it is a simple one: if the life lessons we teach children are so fundamental, then they are just as meaningful and relevant to us as adults as well.

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