Comments for Marla McLean, Atelierista http://atelier.schoolwithinschool.org School Within School Wed, 27 Nov 2019 16:33:03 -0700 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3 Comment on Labor of Love by This Internet site http://atelier.schoolwithinschool.org/labor-of-love/#comment-11096 Wed, 04 Sep 2019 11:09:33 +0000 http://atelier.schoolwithinschool.org/?p=4429#comment-11096 This Internet site

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Comment on I hope beautiful things live forever by Vicki http://atelier.schoolwithinschool.org/i-hope-beautiful-things-live-forever/#comment-10969 Mon, 11 Jun 2018 05:00:13 +0000 http://atelier.schoolwithinschool.org/?p=4482#comment-10969 So beautiful, inspiring, important. I think you DO have a voice today! Love you and your work in the world so so much!!

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Comment on Because you need to. Because you want to. by Marla McLean http://atelier.schoolwithinschool.org/because-you-need-to-because-you-want-to/#comment-10968 Sun, 10 Jun 2018 20:30:31 +0000 http://atelier.schoolwithinschool.org/?p=4004#comment-10968 Thanks Maria! The leaves naturally are an interest of children every year. They are so vibrant, plentiful, falling from the sky, and in bug piles on the side walks. It’s so common place that often we forget to stop, slow down, and revisit the relationship we all have to the changing of the seasons.

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Comment on Labor of Love by Allyce http://atelier.schoolwithinschool.org/labor-of-love/#comment-10964 Thu, 08 Feb 2018 03:34:38 +0000 http://atelier.schoolwithinschool.org/?p=4429#comment-10964 I believe that one of the most important things, if not the most important when teaching is the relationship between child and teacher. This relationship has to be positive, trusting, and comfortable on both sides. It can help a child love school and get interested in learning at a very young age. The teacher is the facilitator and some times the main caregiver. Recognizing children’s strengths and weaknesses at a young age is very important, but also realizing what they have experienced at home and have been through during the first years of their lives is also very important. Being informed about children’s home lives helps both the teacher and child succeed in class and ACEs is a good way to tell this. It informs the teacher of the child’s stressors and when the child is too far out of its comfort zone. To be successful we have to remember each child is unique, has been through a different story, and needs individual attention to make sure they feel appreciated.

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Comment on Because you need to. Because you want to. by Maria http://atelier.schoolwithinschool.org/because-you-need-to-because-you-want-to/#comment-10963 Thu, 08 Feb 2018 02:08:58 +0000 http://atelier.schoolwithinschool.org/?p=4004#comment-10963 I am curious as to how the topic of leaves came up, whether it was a choice by the teachers or if it was due to children’s interest. Either way, I believe the way that the teachers fostered the creation of self-connections to this topic of learning was something to aspire to. Through these connections, the knowledge gained will be so much more meaningful to the students, something that is hard to find in classrooms now. The integration of all domains of development was very beneficial, especially the use of wire to develop fine motor skills. Excellent job fostering the development of voice in your students!

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Comment on Bigger and Better than Ourselves: Humility by Hannah http://atelier.schoolwithinschool.org/bigger-and-better-than-ourselves-humility/#comment-10962 Wed, 07 Feb 2018 21:25:53 +0000 http://atelier.schoolwithinschool.org/?p=4094#comment-10962 This blog was fascinating and inspiring to read. I appreciate the value you place on wonder not only in the early years (although it is especially important for young children), but throughout a persons entire life as well. I am currently a pre-service teacher who is focusing my study on the early childhood field. More personally, I lost my sense of wonder around the time of middle school/high school and became more focused on ‘getting the grade’ or ‘getting the right answer’. As you mentioned, this type of mentality can stunt ones thinking and creativity- it did for me. Throughout my college experience I have been regaining my sense of wonder bit by bit and I work hard to try and keep it alive. This is one of the reasons why, as a future teacher, fostering and stimulating my students love of learning is one of my main goals. By sharing your thoughts, examples, and photographs you gave me wonderful ideas on how to accomplish this goal of mine. I particularly loved the example where you asked children to pick something in the garden to draw and then continue to draw what it was connected to. The drawings and ideas that the children came up with were amazing! Overall, you added to my perspective of wonder: it helps us as humans think about our place in the world, discover our own potential, recognize the potential of others, and realize that we are all apart of something bigger than ourselves.

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Comment on Bigger and Better than Ourselves: Humility by Samantha Berl http://atelier.schoolwithinschool.org/bigger-and-better-than-ourselves-humility/#comment-10961 Tue, 06 Feb 2018 22:09:39 +0000 http://atelier.schoolwithinschool.org/?p=4094#comment-10961 I really appreciated many aspects of this blog. I am currently a pre service teacher and many of the ideas and exercises that the students are participating in to form a deeper understanding of humility are extremely important because they allow for the students to participate directly in activities to form their own understanding. There is a lot of opportunities for the students to do all of the learning and then express their thoughts through provocation, such as the self portraits using the mirrors. I also love the idea that the children did the project connecting one thing in the garden to many other things in their lives. The students were given a simple prompt and then given the ability to express their own ideas or process of connecting their lives to the garden. There are so many examples of student lead discussions that help students discover and form their own definition of humility without simply having a teacher tell them a definition. The students took their new knowledge into action through the example about how they felt the need to raise money for their classroom turtle. The idea of humility and helping out to others really came to life for these students.

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Comment on Because you need to. Because you want to. by Claudia Chamberland http://atelier.schoolwithinschool.org/because-you-need-to-because-you-want-to/#comment-10960 Fri, 26 Jan 2018 02:20:38 +0000 http://atelier.schoolwithinschool.org/?p=4004#comment-10960 I read a couple of the blogs, but this one touched me the most… the challenges, the re-inventing, the keen observation of the children… I am going to reflect on the questions for non-verbal children and share. I think often we integrate them, but don’t really include them.

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Comment on “Where did you come from? Would you like to come in?” by Uma http://atelier.schoolwithinschool.org/where-did-you-come-from-would-you-like-to-come-in/#comment-10948 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:41:08 +0000 http://atelier.schoolwithinschool.org/?p=4357#comment-10948 Thank you, Marla. This is truly heartwarming

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Comment on “You can ask everybody in the world and ask them if you can be a part of their family.” David, age 4 by Victoria Lord http://atelier.schoolwithinschool.org/you-can-ask-everybody-in-the-world-and-ask-them-if-you-can-be-a-part-of-their-family-david-age-4/#comment-10944 Sat, 04 Mar 2017 15:47:19 +0000 http://atelier.schoolwithinschool.org/?p=4242#comment-10944 Marla,

I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to read this. So much of what we are dealing with right now is discouraging and depressing, I am really thrilled to see you and the other teachers continuing to teach children to think and engage with the whole world around them.

Thank you so much for the excellent work that you do every day!

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