Thursday, October 28, 2010
Monday, November 1st, 7:00 pm
Suggested donation: $10
All donations will benefit: Middle East Children’s Alliance’s MAIA (ARABIC FOR WATER) PROJECT, striving to provide clean, safe drinking water to the children of Gaza and MEDICAL AID FOR PALESTINIANS
MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE--Taken from the writings of Rachel Corrie--Edited by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner and SEVEN JEWISH CHILDREN--By Caryl Churchill
Two plays to be followed by a discussion
For more information & reservations: 207-347-3075
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Thursday, October 28, and Saturday, October 30: Spirits Alive at Eastern Cemetery
This week we'll be bringing some very interesting--and very dead--Portlanders back to life on an evening tour of Eastern Cemetery on the East End of Portland. Some of the characters include Portland's first bank robber, a bride lost in a shipwreck returning from fitting her wedding dress, and a man who's father was hung in the Salem witch trials (I'll be doing that one.) their spirits are rumored to haunt Portland, so choose one of these nights to get up close and personal. 6:30-7:30 p.m., $10.
And, too late to be helpful, here's a good blog post (from SPARK) about the "so sexy, so soon" halloween costumes being marketed to kids and teens...
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
On Tuesday November 9th, Hardy Girls Healthy Women teams up with Boys to Men to offer Raising Healthy Sons and Daughters" --- the program is $15.00 pp and takes place at East Tower LRC (MMC, 22 Bramhall St, Portland) -- register at www.mainhealth.org/lrc or call 1-866-609-5183
Monday, October 25, 2010
I think James' rendition of this song (Windmills by Alan Bell) is acutally much lovelier but I don't have him on youtube...
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Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
While they are at school, I finally skimmed "Fires in the Mind" -- a somewhat research based book about how kids understand their own internal motivation and what we can extrapolate about how teens and adults move from finding an interest/passion, sticking with it, developing expertise. There were many interesting bits although the 2nd half was written more for classroom teachers (I'm passing it on).
One finding that resonated with Sobel's lecture was the importance of an involved caring adult in nurturing the stick-with-it-ness and helping to give (or scaffold the giving of) quality, specific feedback that improved performance without overwhelming or discouraging the learner (perhaps my mistake this morning). Kids reported learning a lot from watching a person they deemed an "expert" at the activity they were trying to master.
Another overlap with Sobel is the importance of joyful/playful/connected with other people exposure. Kids reported starting things mainly because they were exposed to fun activities that provided ways to be with people they care about. We open doors for our kids by sharing with them the activities we love, and that we think they might, by helping them connect with all kinds of people and possible mentors, and by staying playful ourselves.
The author and her colleagues propose a bunch of ideas for schools, ranging from engaging kids to design their own homework and reflect on their own learning style, to completely overhauling how we think about education. They kindly provide a ton of resources on their web site, including some interesting conversation starters (under "practice project and pdfs from book) that I think could work well with younger children as well as their intended audience of high school students.
They also provide a blog edited with parents in mind and provide a lot of resources for teachers.
The research was funded by an organization called What Kids Can Do
Get the well formatted pdf here
invites you to be our guests at a pre-screening reception and viewing of
“Meet Your Farmer”
Wednesday, October 27 at One Longfellow Square
181 State Street, Portland
6:00 – 7:00 pre-screening reception
with local fare provided by Aurora Provisions
brief comments by Bill Bell, MFT President will be at 6:30
Doors open at 7:00 and films will begin at 7:30 followed by Q & A
Bar will be open at 9 after the films
to reserve your complimentary tickets for the films and reception,
RSVP by Oct. 22 to Cate Cronin, MFT 542-2665 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, October 21, 2010
1. The Outing Club's Harvest Dinner is this Friday (tomorrow!). If you don't have tickets already, please contact Nicole as soon as possible. There may be a couple left, but you can't get them at the door.
2. Nordic Ski meeting for those in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades who want to compete with Portland Nordic is this coming Tuesday at Lincoln Middle School in Portland. FMI, see post below or ask me (Maya).
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Sobel mentioned a wilderness rites of passage experience that his daughter did with Kroka Expeditions. There is a list of other organizations providing outdoor education specifically for girls here. Information for boys here. A google search of "wilderness rites of passage" yields a ton of hits -- interesting to think more about as an FSP community.
What did you learn? What do you wonder about now?
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Hooray for everyone who attended the Parenting for Peace speaker event this evening. I was wowed when I arrived late and had a hard time finding a place to park. Every seat in Carter Hall was filled. And it was wonderful to see new faces in the audience.
I hope you enjoyed David Sobel's speech. That map of the decreasing space available to children was extremely powerful as was the video of preschool in the woods. He did a great job illustrating how developmental differences call for different kinds of play, problem solving, and risk taking in the natural world.
A huge thank you to the Parenting for Peace committee for all the work they did to prepare for David Sobel. We are all going to take a deep breath, process how things went, and then start planning for Alfie Kohn on May 3, 2011 at USM's Abromson Center.
Monday, October 18, 2010
I know that it's tough. You leave work, you pick up your kiddo at FSP after-school care, you need to find something for everyone to eat and you look at the clock– 6:30pm. You had been planning to go to the Parenting for Peace event. You are interested in that place-based education stuff that Corie and Nicole talk about. You even told Kim you'd be there. But now there's dinner to make and you forgot to sign up for child care and who's going to miss you anyway?
Make a bunch of PBJ's, or grab a pizza from Ricetta's, get back in the car and come to Mackworth Island. Even though you forgot to sign up for childcare... we still have two trained adults that we're paying to watch your kiddos. The event is free. You will learn about great activities that you can use as you teach your kids about being a strong part of their communities and loving and taking care of the Earth. You will have a greater sense of ownership at FSP when you understand the philosophy of the teachers.
So where are you going to be at 7pm Tuesday night? Carter Hall! Thanks, I'll see you there. Anna
All shows: 7:30--come support youth writing during National Ally Week
Mon 10/18, USM Gorham, Russell Hall
Tues 10/19 UNE Biddeford, Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center
Wed 10/20, First Parish Church, Congress St. Portland
A huge cast, new writing, some favorites, and the most terrific evening of celebration about life, love, and acceptance. It's not enough to be aware--what can we all do to help our communities be safe & supportive for all our young people?
Add Verb is thrilled to have this production directed by Dr. Meghan Brodie and feature writing of UNE and USM share the stage with youth from other parts of the US and Canada.
Co-sponsored by Add Verb Productions, USM's Theatre Department and Cultural Affairs Committee, Campus Safety Project, Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity, and Women & Gender Studies Program.
Come to USM, UNE or to down town Portland and enjoy the last performance prior to the publishing of the Out & Allied Anthology!
Suitable for middle school and up. Free, though always thankful for donations.
About the project:
What does it mean to be an ally in school? The Out & Allied Project is a dynamic program that centers around teen participants writing performance pieces including short plays, spoken word, and poetry that address issues of cultivating allies among queer and questioning youth. Final pieces receive a staged reading, and may be included in both future performances as well as an anthology of performance pieces on queer and allied issues.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Upcoming Film Screenings in Portland
A crowd of over 350 people delivered a standing ovation to filmmakers Jason Mann and Cecily Pingree, and to the farmer "movie stars," on the evening of the Meet Your Farmer Premier in Rockland. In the weeks after, Maine Farmland Trust received statewide requests to show these eight short documentaries of Maine farms in local theaters.
Meet Your Farmer
Friday, October 22nd
at Maine College of Art
Osher Hall 522 Congress Street
Wednesday, October 27th
One Longfellow Square
Friday, October 15, 2010
ARDEN BUCKLIN-SPORER & RACHEL PRINGLE
author of HOW TO GROW A SCHOOL GARDEN: A Complete Guide for Parents & Teachers
In this groundbreaking resource, two school garden pioneers offer parents, teachers, and school administrators everything they need to know to build school gardens and to develop the programs that support them.
Today both schools and parents have a unique opportunity — and an increasing responsibility — to cultivate an awareness of our finite resources, to reinforce values of environmental stewardship, to help students understand concepts of nutrition and health, and to connect children to the natural world. What better way to do this than by engaging young people, their families, and teachers in the wondrous outdoor classroom that is their very own school garden?
"Finally, it's here: a practical, concise blueprint for funding, building, planting, and maintaining a school garden. Arden Bucklin-Sporer and Rachel Pringle are veterans of the outdoor classroom, and so they know best how to nurture a child's inner gardener. How to Grow a School Garden should be required reading for any teacher or parent who truly cares about raising a new generation of healthy eaters."
--Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City: the Education of an Urban Farmer
Reclaiming a piece of neglected play yard and transforming it into an ecologically rich school garden is among the most beneficial activities that parents, teachers and children can undertake together. This book provides all the tools that the school community needs to build a productive and engaging school garden that will continue to inspire and nurture students and families for years to come.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Hi -- Just a reminder about David Sobel's visit to Portland next Tuesday, as part of the Friends School of Portland's Parenting for Peace project. If you haven't registered for the workshop and/or for childcare for the free public lecture, please try to do so by Friday so that we can have an accurate head count for supper!
Also, here are a few links that might be of interest for teachers or parents:
Eco-Reading : An Annotated Bibliography of books about the environment for children and teens
Promise of Place : a Center for Place-Based Learning and a resource with many links (under curriculum & planning)
Center for EcoLiteracy -- an umbrella organization working on providing resources for schools
A few lists of Maine books for children : from MaineReads, from Read/React/Review, book awards for Maine children's book authors, and Curious City (a blog with all kinds of info about special events that include children's lit).
Thanks for sharing this as broadly as possible! Kim
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Amelia Bloomer Project -- Feminist Literature for Birth to Grade 8
American Indians in Children's Literature - a critical resource and blog
Books to help children talk about homelessness-- could be esp interesting for the 1/2/3/4 work with habitat for Humanity
Born to Read -- Book lists from the Maine Humanities Foundation, with monthly themes as well as longer "peaceable stories" and "Many Voices" lists
Chinaberry - a catalog of well chosen children's books, often with a spiritual tilt.
Cooperative Children's Book Center -- thematic book lists and weekly reviews of new books
Cornerstones of Science - Book recommendations for children, teens and adults on science related topics
Curious City - Kirsten Cappy's blog with many references to Maine Children's Books and book events
CYBILS -- Award lists from children's book bloggers
Good Books - Links to Various book awards for Maine Authors
Jane Adams Peace Society Children's Book Awards -- books that explore peacemaking
Learning to Give - a site with books and lesson plans for instilling philanthropic values in children
Add your ideas on the comments and I'll incorporate them in!
Lee and Low - a publisher of multicultural children's books
Raising Readers -- tips and lists of Maine children's book authors as well as lists for special topics, including dealing with grief, separation and loss, and nutrition.
Quaker Books for children -- a store front and guide to books that introduce Quaker principles to children
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Sunday Oct. 24th 2 to 5pm
@ Full Circle Synergy – 500 Forest Ave. Portland
Sliding Fee: $25 to $45/person
· Raise your awareness and gain verbal and physical protection skills
· Learn about risks to children and how to talk about them with your child
· Gain safety tips and resources for your family
Presented by: Prevention. Action. Change
For more information & to register visit www.preventionactionchange.com or call (207) 232-0484.
Self Defense for Mothers and Daughters
Pond Cove Elementary School, Cape Elizabeth
Participants will gain verbal and physical skills that will help them improve relationships and learn to assess, reduce, and address potential risks. This class is both serious and fun. Through activities, games, and drills, mothers and daughters will explore issues, share safety tips, and become stronger and more confident in their abilities to address a range of situations at school, home, the work place, in social settings,and out and about.
Sponsored by: Cape Elizabeth Community Education
To register online visit http://www.ActiveNet.active.com/CECommunityServices/
Cow Island Clean-up October 16 & 23, 2010
October 5, 2010
Join us in one of the last days on Cow island! It's time for our end-of-season clean-up of the island on October 16 & 23, 2010. We need volunteers to help us plant trees, put away the summer equipment, tidy up the trails and gardens, and prepare for the changing seasons.
To participate, take the 10:00am Casco Bay Ferries to Diamond Cove and meet our staff to be transported out to Cow Island by Rippleffect boats. There will be multiple opportunities to return after lunch with the latest return ferry at 4:15pm from Diamond Cove. Bring a lunch, beverages and snacks will be provided.
If you are able to join us please call the office at 207-791-7870 or email us at email@example.com to sign-up.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
in the Muskie Archives
the Harward Center for Community Partnerships,
in cooperation with the Bates Department of Education,
will sponsor a panel entitled,
“Wrestling with School Reform in Maine:
National Strategies, Local Realities.”
The panel will involve presentations and an open discussion with people who will offer different perspectives on educational reform in our community, in Maine and beyond. Panelists will include: Glenn Cummings, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Education; Norm Fruchter, Senior Policy Analyst, Annenberg Institute for School Reform, Brown University; Leon Levesque, Superintendent of the Lewiston Public School System; and Joan Macri, Associate Director of LearningWorks at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College.
No reservation is required, but seating is limited
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
October 5th with the Breakwater School. We will host the Breakwater kids
for two games on the same afternoon. The K-2 game will begin at
3:35pm(exact time will depend on Breakwaters arrival) and last 20 minutes.
Grades 3-8 will begin their game around 4pm and play two 20 minute halves.
Female characters remain a rare element in family films
A look at popular family-focused films, such as "Finding Nemo" and "Toy Story," reveals that while animals and talking toys are plentiful when it comes to characters, strong female roles are not as prevalent. A recent study from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California revealed just 29.2% of characters were female in a review of 122 family films. The study was commissioned by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which collects data on women in film. Studies have found that when it comes to family films, 17% of animators are female, 17% of movie narrators are female, and women account for 17% of people in crowd scenes, says Geena Davis. Newsweek (9/22)
Monday, October 4, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
Here's a thought-provoking article called School for Hackers from The Atlantic that explores both alternatives and supplements to modern education.
Most schools offer a variety of afterschool recreational activities, as well as scattered experiential activities within the school day, and yet they remain activities rather than a thoughtful and accepted method of coming to the learning itself. The 'makers' in our lives still find themselves searching elsewhere for hands-on learning as they experience 'lagging executive skills' in their schoolwork. Are their organizational and sequencing skills deficits actually a problem if we allow these non-linear thinkers to apply them in a different scenario? Are the results invalid if kids arrive at them differently? Or is it just because circuitous learning makes the students difficult to track through standardized testing? There is no doubt that most of us consider seemingly indirect paths to learning to be inefficient; certainly they take more patience to monitor. But what are the efficient people missing along the way?
Are there ways to put more emphasis on multisensory, project-based, extended learning experiences for kids who operate that way, without having it be 'shop' or 'voc ed' or some other low-expectations track? Does learning differently necessarily mean learning less?
Please, please weigh in on this! These are the kinds of issues that keep me awake at night.
On Tuesday, October 5th at lunch time I (Anna) will be hosting the first in a series of weekly "Book Talk Tuesdays" in my classroom for students in grades 5-8. The sessions will be informal. My thought is that folks can bring the books they are reading and give the group a quick review. If others in the group have had experience with the book, they are welcome to chime in as well. I'm hoping this will provide students with a place to chat about books they love and hate, get new book suggestions, and find out about book events and books that are just being published.
Speaking of book events...
The new poetry book NEST, NOOK, & CRANNY for children and adults illustrated by Peaks Island artist, Jamie Hogan will be celebrated with a series of nature walks on Peaks Island on Saturday October 16th from 10:00 AM 3:00 PM.
The walks, led by the Peaks Island Land Preserve, will feature poems from the book dotted throughout the woods and along the shoreline. The walks will step off from the Gem Gallery at 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM.
Illustrator Jamie Hogan will be signing books at the Gem where the original illustrations from the book will be on exhibit and prints will be for sale. A portion of sales will benefit the Peaks Island Land Preserve.
NEST, NOOK, & CRANNY
Saturday, October 16th, 2010
10:00 AM 3:00 PM
(Nature Walks at 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM)
62 Island Ave, Peaks Island, ME
(2 minute walk from the Ferry Terminal)
Info: Curious City, 207-699-2755
Sandra Steingraber, author of "Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks At Cancer And The Environment" and "Having Faith: An Ecologist's Journey To Motherhood" will visit campus on Monday, October 4 to deliver this year's Otis Lecture.
The lecture will be held in the Olin Concert Hall at 7:30 pm. It is free but a ticket is required and can be reserved by calling 207-786-6135 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org