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jtotheizzoe:

University of Cambridge researchers studied the effects of hiding children’s eyes on their feelings of invisibility, and discovered some very interesting things about how young kids view their “self” versus their “body”, which you should check out.

“… it would seem that children apply the principle of joint attention to the self and assume that for somebody to be perceived, experience must be shared and mutually known to be shared, as it is when two pairs of eyes meet.”

Apparently kids only exist when you make eye contact with them. Remember that when you don’t want them to feel invisible.

stainedglasslife:

“In a world where everyone seems to be larger and louder than yourself, it is very comforting to have a small, quiet companion.” 
-Peter Gray 

This would make for a very interesting writing prompt - tell the story through the eyes of the teddy…

stainedglasslife:

“In a world where everyone seems to be larger and louder than yourself, it is very comforting to have a small, quiet companion.” 


-Peter Gray 

This would make for a very interesting writing prompt - tell the story through the eyes of the teddy…

teachingtomastery:

childlifespecialist:

I am poem — great way to get to know a child. 
Source: http://oneextradegree.blogspot.com/2011_03_01_archive.html


I like this idea for a simple poem-frame that even young children could use. Great for teacher getting to know a new class too!

teachingtomastery:

childlifespecialist:

I am poem — great way to get to know a child. 

Source: http://oneextradegree.blogspot.com/2011_03_01_archive.html

I like this idea for a simple poem-frame that even young children could use. Great for teacher getting to know a new class too!

Children want to write. They want to write the first day they attend school. This is no accident. Before they went to school they marked up walls, pavements, newspapers with crayons, chalk, pens or pencils… anything that makes a mark.

The child mark says, “I am.”

“No, you aren’t,” say most school approaches to teaching writing.

Donald Graves (via monkfishjowls)
When a child is read to they learn they are worth the investment of time and energy by an older person. It can also bond them to a flesh and blood human being rather than a technological gadget. We all need to be loved. Spending time to be with a child can be invaluable for both involved.
Tom Harrison (via liddlebeebooks)
Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. If parents and kids can talk together, we won’t have as much censorship because we won’t have as much fear.
Children are the protagonist to their own learning.
A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled.
James Baldwin (via actsoffreedom)
There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.
Frank Serafini (via booksandnerds)

stevieboreham:

What I love most about teaching is the pupils individual ‘certain somethings!’. Reach for the vom bucket, i know….

But, giving children the time to talk and show their personalities is so rewarding! I’ve observed teachers that are there to ‘get the job done’ and don’t engage with the children,…

I really enjoyed reading this post. It’s so true - every pupil in front of you has that litle something (good/bad) that makes them unique :)