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Michaele Sommerville
Wife, mom, whisperer, blogger, -er, crafter & cookie baker too. Fan of developmentally appropriate practice, crocheting, nice people & snow.
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Michaele Sommerville Sep 15
Get a Free Poster Set: Classroom Tech Rules via
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Michaele Sommerville Sep 7
The is always prettiest at the end of summer. Wonky daisy/sunflowers surround it, and the last push by pumpkins, melons and bell peppers let me know that autumn is coming.
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Michaele Sommerville Sep 7
Kindergarten's 3 R's: Respect, Resources and Rants: Annual Self-Reflection: My Value
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Michaele Sommerville Sep 3
Replying to @NicholasFerroni
When I prompted an unsure kindergartener to "Use the Force, Luke," to which he replied "Uh, I'm Jacob. Who's Luke?" Was tempted to give his parents a C - when he was in 5th & still didn't know.
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Michaele Sommerville Sep 2
What’s Lost When We Rush Kids Through Childhood
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Michaele Sommerville Aug 25
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Michaele Sommerville Aug 22
Replying to @msommerville
For veteran teachers who are expected to be aged diplomats rather than education advocates (we're such a buzzkill for everyone when we take on the role of devil's advocate), it's incredibly frustrating.
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Michaele Sommerville Aug 22
Replying to @msommerville
... too many educators and advocates instead find themselves facing a problem that they should have seen coming and done something about (shopping isn't always the answer). Far too many are still being reactive while claiming to be proactive (see what we bought?).
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Michaele Sommerville Aug 22
Replying to @msommerville
1) bandaids get fiddled with constantly, 2) their adhesive gives out, especially when they come into contact with other opposing elements, and 3) they're not intended to be a permanent fix. Instead of anticipating needs and having plans ready to adjust for them if needed...
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Michaele Sommerville Aug 22
Replying to @msommerville
These fads simply serve as a band-aid. Because teachers, parents, and administrators need and want expedient answers, they buy a box (or 2000) quickly peel the paper off, slap one (or several) into place, and then drive on, somehow completely forgetting the simple truths that:
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Michaele Sommerville Aug 22
Replying to @msommerville
... and out of the classroom. I grow more concerned as my social media feeds fill with the latest, greatest edu-fads (ALWAYS some product, app, kit, etc.), because they continue to perpetuate the myth that there's a one-size-fits-all quick-fix for what's ailing education.
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Michaele Sommerville Aug 22
Replying to @msommerville
Teachers grow their bags of tricks over the course of their careers. The good tricks stand the test of time because they evolve from the understanding of child psychology, trauma, growth and development, and how to "reach" each student while supporting learning both in...
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Michaele Sommerville Aug 22
Mindfulness Won't Save Us. Fixing the System Will. Great article prompting my response:
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Alfie Kohn Aug 22
Replying to @alfiekohn
...Also see for a political perspectivve on teaching children mindfulness. And on how that concept is used to help kids cope with tests (rather than to question the value of, and oppose, the tests themselves)
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Alfie Kohn Aug 22
Read past the typically uncritical reporting here to reflect on the hair-raising phenomenon being described: Class Dojo, the cutesy app for training students as though they were pets now also leverages “mindfulness” as a tool to elicit compliance:
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Michaele Sommerville Aug 21
Interestingly enough, I have absolutely no recollection of planting , yet . There are three more on the porch.
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Amy Fast, Ed.D. Aug 15
We don’t do what we do in schools to get good results/data. We do what we do to improve the lives of humans. Good academic results are a byproduct. If we only aim for the data, we may not succeed in improving lives. But if we aim for improving lives, the data will always follow.
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Alfie Kohn Aug 16
1/10 Trump’s breathtakingly cruel new that excludes the neediest is essentially a codification of his personal inability to feel compassion or empathy. Thus, one man’s psychological deficits will become the law of the land...
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Michaele Sommerville Aug 16
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