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When it comes to creating inclusive classrooms, there is no cookie-cutter approach

From the moment he woke up each morning, Gabriel Koerner resisted going to school. By the time he was cajoled out of bed and went to use the toilet, Gabriel would be sobbing. At the sight of his school bus arriving to pick him up, he’d try to run away.<p>After years of seeing her son struggle at …

How Screen Addiction Is Damaging Kids' Brains

"I've worked with hundreds of heroin addicts and crystal meth addicts, and what I can say is that it's easier to treat a heroin addict than a true screen addict," says Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, author of 'Glow Kids.'<p>In the 80s, Graham Nash from Crosby Stills & Nash appeared on MTV for an interview. …

Drug Addiction

This truth and image is absolutely beautiful! I discovered this through @christiancreative, an awesome feed to follow. Isaiah 40:6-8 “All people are like grass,and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall,because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall,but the word of our God endures forever.” Artwork by @naomischeel via @christiancreative

This is a dangerous place to be as a society. We urgently need to shift our focus towards God.

Artist and photographer Philippa Stanton’s (@5ftinf) rendition of Instagram’s new look was made from a collection of eclectic — yet recognizable — odds and ends. “The ordinary tape measure, which I used for the outline, represents an everyday connection,” Philippa, who lives in Brighton, England, says. “A massive part of Instagram for me is connecting with people.” For that reason, she also incorporated a doll in the remix — a gift from someone Philippa met on the platform. “Not only is this doll small, like me,” she says, "but it represents an Instagram friendship that became a real friendship outside of the digital world, too.” Photo by @5ftinf


How do you see “literacy”?

I have shown this awesome video from Karen Mensing’s class last year, with her students sharing their own “Twitter Tutorial”. Check it out …


As Born Again Christians, we know the answer. Let's share with those around us that they too can have true joy and fulfillment in their lives. Visit the link in our profile.

Choose joy today. Image by @seaandjay via @christiancreative

Proverbs 2:8 Be just. Stay faithful people. Image by Design Contributor @patrickrlaurent

“Often the perception of being creative in schools is whether you are good at drawing – which is a shame as creativity goes way beyond this. Our workshops are about being present and connecting to making. There is no right or wrong way of creating these pieces in our workshops, the focus is on inspiring, implementing and enjoying creativity” PATTERNITY Co-Founder Grace Winteringham speaking to @motherlandnet Join us on Sunday 27 March for a Children’s Mindful Marbling workshop in partnership with @gfsmithpapers, exploring the power of flow and serendipitous creativity, resulting in artworks to take home and enjoy. Tickets £15 per child via

How Canadian Jon Klassen became one of the most sought-after children's book illustrators in the world

<i>At just 32 years old, Jon Klassen is one of the most successful Canadian authors ever, selling more than a million copies of his uncanny picture books. Mark Medley goes inside the sinister yet comforting world of a singular talent</i><p>Jon Klassen’s newest book is dedicated to St. Davids, a village just …

I Don't Miss The Classroom

That's right, I said it... I don't miss the classroom. Yes, I love being an educator and I love working with kids, their families and other educators …

Saskatchewan mom launches bid to oust the Lord’s Prayer from class, argues it may be harmful to students

When Dusti Hennenfent dropped off her child late at Lindale Elementary School in Moose Jaw after a dentist appointment, she was “quite surprised” to …


Star Wars: 6 episodes in 3 minutes, 27 seconds

The joy of Finnish kindergartens will make you question how kids learn in the US

“The changes to kindergarten make me sick,” a veteran teacher in Arkansas recently admitted to me. “Think about what you did in first grade — that’s …


Kindergarten in a retirement home proves a hit with young and old

The sun-drenched common room at the south end of Columbia Garden Village retirement home in Invermere, B.C., is quiet most days. The shuffle of slippers on linoleum, the clink of a coffee mug in the sink, or the click of knitting needles are often the only sounds.<p>But every Tuesday and Friday, 18 …


Those Joyful, Illiterate Kindergarten Students in Finland

Thanks to the reader known as FLERP for finding this terrific article about kindergarten children in Finland.<p>What matters most: Play!<p>While our …

Finnish Kids Don't Learn To Read In Kindergarten. They Turn Out Great Anyway.

<b>The Atlantic:</b> The Joyful, Illiterate Kindergarteners Of Finland<p>In America, kindergarteners are expected to have a firm grasp on literacy. This is not the case in Finland, where students focus on playtime early in their education and go on to excel in reading anyway.<p>As Helsinki-based teacher and …