Social justice is the view that everyone deserves equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities. Social justice promotes fairness and equity across many aspects of society. For example, it promotes equal economic, educational and workplace opportunities. It’s also important to the safety and security of individuals and communities.
There are times when we have to dig deep to find an appropriate feedback response that will not discourage a child’s learning. Giving specific and authentic praise supports your child’s development.
Next time you feel a “good job” or “I’m proud of you” bubbling up inside you, try pausing for a moment. Think of ways you can turn your feedback into something more specific. Try to focus on the process the child worked through.
Three Become One: Water conservation is quickly becoming the most critical environmental issue for our next generation. Fresh water from our three rivers and great lakes are a limited resource. With population growth, expansion of industry, and the increasing impact of climate change, more and more pressure is being placed on protecting our waterways.
We wouldn’t pull a young plant up from its soil every few days to check on the progress of its growth underneath, we should approach a child’s developmental growth in the same manner. A child, just like a plant, will only thrive if we provide them with the love and care they need. Then we allow them the room they need to grow. We need to trust the process.
Before the infiltration of white settlers, there were First Nations. In Milwaukee, the Menominee and Ho-Chunk were the first. Centuries later, they were joined by The Fox, Sauk, Ojibwa, Odawa, Huron, Mascouten, Kickapoo and Potawatomi Tribes. All were fleeing from their homelands due to eastern tribal warfare. By the 1600s, the blend of these Nations would become the key players in the territory’s tribal alliance.
The connection easiest made to winter learning is to local history. Milwaukee’s a great place for a bike ride in the park! Similar to the grand “Ring of Parks,” the evolution ofThe Oak Leaf Trail was strongly influenced by German culture and depended heavily on the fate of the county’s parks and freeways.
Outdoor Learning includes the discovery, learning about and connecting to our natural world. Getting students outdoors, even for as little as 20 minutes, and engaged in environmental activities offers many benefits. Outdoor Learning includes the discovery, learning about and connecting to our natural world. Getting students outdoors, even for as little as 20 minutes, and engaged in environmental activities offers many benefits. I now call it the 20/20 Vision: 20+ minutes of outdoors and 20+ minutes of reading each day!
Classroom Celebrations should ‘follow the child.’
In the classroom, this means allowing children to experience and engage in activities independently. The inverse is also true: It means resisting the urge to lead the child but instead to create an environment encouraging self-direction.
Therefore, classroom celebrations should not be a directive from above. Instead they should develop organically inside the classroom.