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4 Resources for Greening Your Schoolyard

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 17, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

(Our Thursday blog posts are now reflecting monthly themes. For April, in honor of National Environmental Education Week (April 13-19), we’re posting about environmental protection issues and resources. Let us know what you think by… More

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Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green

by Eileen Spinelli

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 18, 2014 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Early Childhood, Education, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Resources, Science

When Miss Fox arrives at school via her bicycle, her students learn that Miss Fox is “going green.” Soon everyone in class is working to make choices that can help the earth, and their message… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: Each Kindness

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 12, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

“Ms. Albert had brought a big bowl into class and filled it with water. We all gathered around her desk and watched her drop a small stone into it. Tiny waves rippled out, away from… More

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The Kindness Quilt

by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on June 9, 2013 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Early Childhood, Elementary, Humane Living, Resources

When Minna’s teacher, Mrs. Bloom, reads the Aesop’s Fable about a mouse and lion being kind to each other, the class is inspired to create a Kindness Project. When Minna presents her project — a… More

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Each Kindness

by Jacqueline Woodson

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on June 4, 2013 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Early Childhood, Elementary, Resources

New girl, Maya, comes to school and tries to befriend Chloe. But Maya’s clothes are shabby, and Chloe continually rejects Maya’s attempts at friendship. When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson about kindness, Chloe realizes she… More

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The Good, the Bad & the Ugly About Bullying Prevention in Schools

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on May 8, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

We’re fans of the pro-hero approach, rather than using an anti-bullying framework,  but given that most educational institutions still think and act in terms of anti-bullying, this recent study by the American Educational Research Association… More

Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 1, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

“Schools as we know them are obsolete.” That’s the bold assertion of Sugata Mitra, who has been spending many years exploring how young people teach themselves (and each other) without a “teacher” and whose focus… More

3 Reasons Letter Writing is a Powerful Part of Students’ Education

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on January 30, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Image courtesy Brande Jackson via Creative Commons. Last night my husband and I wrote a couple of letters; one to a local school district to ask them to choose humane alternatives to cat dissection. Another… More

Solutionary Spotlight: A Campaign of Kindness at West High

Written by blogger | No Comments | Published on January 29, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

This post is by guest blogger, Matt Langdon. Matt is the founder of The Hero Construction Company, which helps teach kids about the heroes within them and how to help their heroic selves thrive. Jeremiah… More

Matt Langdon: Ditching Anti-Bullying Programs to Build Pro-Hero Schools

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 21, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection

Why does Matt Langdon, founder of the Hero Construction Company, cringe every time he sees an anti-bullying sign in a school? Why does he think anti-bullying programs should be ditched in favor of cultivating heroes?… More