Friday, September 30, 2011
Cool Sounding Book : The Third Teacher: 79 Ways You Can use Design to Transform Teaching and Learning
The Third Teacher: 79 Ways You Can use Design to Transform Teaching and Learning, by OWP/P Inc., VS Furniture, and Bruce Mau Design
Since the ‘40s when Malaguzzi named the environment as the Third teacher, third to adults and peers, there have been debates about which spaces, tools and furniture are most conducive to learning. Over decades, minimalists, OCD therapists, religious educators and luminaries such as Howard Gardner have had their say. In this visually vibrant volume, the educators and those who collaborated to assemble it display actual examples of their efforts and speak to their experiences with real children and real places. Color, sound, terrain, textures, external spaces and building interiors are considered as part of the learning team. From Sir Ken Robinson to Chef Ann Cooper, from Canada to Germany, from the Caymans to South Africa, eight chapters illustrate the concerns and actions of people dedicated to the examining the role of environment in the education of all children. This book is unorthodox in appearance, never dull, and full of creative and exciting ideas.
Margaret Bleyberg, Hillel Academy, Kingston, Jamaica
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Because there is an urgent issue for which the board wishes parent input, we have decided to use the first Community Forum to facilitate their access to our opinions. The first Parent Forum, an opportunity to discuss as a community the future location of the Friends School, will be held Tuesday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m. For more information on the issue at stake, please refer to James’ letter of September 26.
Please note that childcare will not be offered for the October 4th Forum. The parent steering committee is in the process of organizing childcare opportunities for future evening events at the school. (For those who cannot attend the evening meeting, Rob Levin and James will be available on Wednesday, October 5 for a meeting at 8:30 a.m. and another meeting at 2:00 p.m. We hope this schedule serves the needs of all parents who wish to participate in the discussion.)
The Friends School Community Forum will meet the first Tuesday of each month during the school year. Fall topics will be:
November 1 - The role and desirability of performing and visual arts in the curriculum
December 6 - Technology and social media in the school environment
Winter and spring topics will be decided later this fall based on input from parents, teachers, and the school administration. A couple of ideas floating around are to bring in a specialist on sociocognitive thinking to talk with us about the importance of fostering executive and social skills development at school and at home; and talking to kids about sex and healthy choices: what is appropriate at what developmental stage, how to talk about it, and everything else you ever wanted to know.
We welcome your ideas. We want to talk about the things that are important to our families!
Hope to see you Tuesday evening!
Maya & Aja
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
At the same time, Leisa sent me the link to a podacast about teen brains -
It's an age-old question: why do teenagers behave as they do? Whyshe highly recommends it, even for those of us with younger kids and then today a National Geographic showed up with "The Teenage Brain" on the cover.
the angst, anger and risk-taking? Some researchers say science and
evolution provide some answers. And in some cases, the very
behaviors that drive parents crazy may be the traits that prove the
keys to success as an adult. - More at http://www.npr.org/2011/09/20/140637115/understanding-the-mysterious-teenage-brain?ft=1&f=5&sc=17
I'm both suspicious and fascinated by brain science - others? Would this be a good future P4P topic or community forum?
Friday, September 23, 2011
Perhaps we could watch the full video, Rivers and Tides, together sometime (read a review @ Literary Mama or NYT
Thursday, September 22, 2011
New revelations about worker abuse at warehouse facilities - and this follow up specifically about Amazon - is a reminder that online retail keeps humans invisible from us - we don't see the people behind the scenes and they fall away in our consciousness. The Mother Jones article is disturbing but worth reading - perhaps even sharing with some older kids who might be interested in shopping online themselves. American Rights At Work has launched an online petition - I suspect there will be interesting reading, activism and coalition work around this issue for a long time to come.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Celebrate International Day of Peace today - Learn more about Peace One Day and make a small donation to the organization via the 7th/8th grade collection jar (in lobby); Join with FSP, the Governor Baxter School and the Real School in a celebration of Pinwheels for Peace (or bring pinwheels for peace to your own location); make peace in your community - check out ideas from KindnessGirl (for small daily acts) or join with Peace Action Maine
There are some great picture books that help children explore peacemaking - check out Jane Addams Book Award winners or Cynthia Leitch Smith's list of "War and Peace in Children's Literature"
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Also - some new social justice & literature resources:
- The Pirate Tree : Social Justice and Children's Literature Blog
- Reading In Color (link is titled BlackTeensRead2)
And check the side bar for more!
Monday, September 19, 2011
This NYT piece "What if the Secret to Success is Failure" is longish but provocative (although in a way that seems somewhat repetitive in our culture - these are clearly questions we're chewing on over time), esp since it provides some research base.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
How does this work? Easy peasy! Just go to PortTIX.com, click on Save Me a Seat on the left sidebar, then select the series and whether the seating preference is Ground (orchestra/terrace) or Balcony (Grand Tier not available). More details are here: http://www.portlandsymphony.org/content/tickets/deals/new-save-me-a-seat/. If anyone has questions just call PortTIX at 842-0800.
World’s largest Fairy Houses event! Saturday & Sunday September 17 & 18 12 Noon till 4pm
Children (3-12) advance$4 day of tour $5
Adults advance $10day of tour $15
Seniors (62+) advance $8 day of tour $10
Family advance $20 day of tour Not Available
more info at http://www.fairyhouses.com
Ticket includes entrance to Strawbery Banke and the Wentworth-Gardner house. See many Fairy Houses inspired by children's literature and other fairy fantasies. Excerpts from Fairy Houses - The Ballet! An original work based on Fairy Flight, a book by Tracy Kane. Adapted and performed by The Southern New Hampshire Youth Ballet.
Meet Tracy Kane, author/illustrator of the multi- award winning Fairy Houses Series® of books and video.
Build your own fairy house on Peirce Island and help create a Fairy Houses Village!
All within walking distance
Enjoy the Amazing Bubble Machine!
FREE Parking available at Peirce Island
These events provide a great opportunity for students and families to learn together about seasonal changes and life cycles while enjoying exercise within the fresh air and beauty of Maine's Parks and Lands.
Ten Fall Foliage events are being offered during October.
View the complete list - full descriptions and downloadable flyers with photos provided at:
The Fall Foliage events are co-sponsored by the: Androscoggin Land Trust, Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance, Sunrise Trail Coalition, Maine Forest Service and the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Any ideas for how FSP might participate in Moving Planet Day?
WHAT:Moving Planet is a worldwide rally to demand solutions to the climate crisis. Come on bike, on skates, on a board, or just on foot.
WHEN:September 24, 2011
You can download it here and encourage out of town friends and families to peruse and then place an order through you! Friends School will receive a full 35% of the money and the business is owned by FSP parent Masey Kaplan - a win, win, win for FSP! Out-of-Towners can also download an order form, but orders must be placed through FSP (checks made out to Friends School of Portland).
Close Buy is also featuring year round gift boxes this year - although the $ back to schools is just 5% it provides an easy gift option that supports Maine, Maine Business and FSP.
Orders are due October 3 ~ Goods will be delivered the first week in December
Monday, September 12, 2011
In an effort to support and bring awareness to International Peace Day, Friends School of Portland, a preschool- 8th grade Quaker School, and Clark Insurance are sponsoring “Portland Walks for Peace” around Back Cove in Portland on Sunday, September 18th at 2:00 pm.
Four eighth grade students at Friends School, Madeline Curtis, Tristram Howard, Mel McClure-Chute, and Annie Gott, devised the idea for Portland Walks for Peace.
“When we watched a video on the history of International Peace Day, we realized as a group that nothing to bring the whole community together for this great cause was happening. We wanted to change that,” says Gott.
The students hope to raise money through donations for Peace One Day, an organization that uses Peace Day as a platform to help provide relief to poor and war-torn countries. These places would otherwise be unreachable and dangerous to approach without the cease-fire that controlling rebel groups agree to on that one day.
“There is nowhere else I would rather have this walk. Portland is made up of such a proactive group of caring people that I think will really support our cause. We hope that once people attend our walk they will be inspired to create their own acts of peace on the actual day [the 21st of September],” Gott says.
The walk will begin at the Preble Street parking lot across from Hannaford on Sunday, September 18TH at 2:00 pm. There is no fee to participate, but donations to Peace One Day are welcome.
Friends School of Portland is an independent preschool through 8th grade school that embraces the Quaker belief in the unique worth of each individual. Small, multi-age class structure nurtures inquiry, reflection and action. The school offers place-based curriculum with cooperative, hands-on learning in a close community where simplicity, service, stewardship, and peaceful resolution of conflict are practiced every day.
For more information on Friends School of Portland, please call the school at 781-6321 or visit www.friendsschoolofportland.org.
SonicMemorial.org is an open archive and an online audio installation of the history of The World Trade Center. We are continuing to collect stories, ambient sounds, voicemails, and archival recordings to tell the rich history of the twin towers, the neighborhood and the events of 9/11.
Led by NPR's Lost & Found Sound, The Sonic Memorial Project is a cross-media collaboration of more than 50 independent radio and new media producers, artists, historians, and people from around the world who have contributed personal and archival recordings. To date, we have gathered more than 1,000 contributions, many of which have been woven into feature stories by Lost & Found Sound and broadcast on NPR.
Please help us build this historical archive by calling the Sonic Memorial Phone Line (646-926-1357) or by uploading your sounds. SonicMemorial.org will remain open to the public for years to come thanks to the generous support of the September 11 Digital Archive.
The Future of Marriage: An Interactive Dialogue
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Hannaford Hall in the Abromson Center of the University of Southern Maine's Portland Campus (88 Bedford Street, Portland)
This event will provide thought provoking presentations and community discussion on the place of marriage in our lives and in our ever-evolving society. Join us for an intruiguing, timely exploration.
Dessert, informal conversation, and book signings to follow!
Reverend Marvin M. Ellison, Ph.D.
The BTS Willard S. Bass Professor of Christian Ethics
Athor of Same Sex Marriage? A Christian Ethical Analysis; and Sexuality and the Sacred: Resources for the Theological Reflection.
Reverend Kate Braestrup
Author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Here if You Need Me, Marriage and Other Acts of Charity, and Beginner's Grace: Bringing Prayer to Life.
Open to the Public
Friday, September 9, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Save yourself a seat and preregister now - sponsors a teacher or community member to attend the afternoon workshop - introduce a friend or relation to FSP by bringing them to this event!
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
There is also an Ancient Egypt virtual exhibit - maybe I'll get Grace to explore and review
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Here are a few ideas I solicited from Jen and Audra - anyone else have favorite uses, especially freezable ones (I'm afraid to can)... think the 1st potluck will be a feast of tomatoes?
- Scalloped Tomatoes w/croutons from Smitten Kitchen
- 101Kitchens - Golden Tomato Sauce - I'm also going to try Orangette's sauce
- I'm partial to Goat Cheese & Tomato Strata (I can't remember where I got my actual recipie - this looks similar - any thoughts on if it could freeze well)?
- I have been faithfully making and putting away slow roasted tomatoes (too many variations to link) and here's Veggie Ventures list of what to do when pulling them out of freezer in January
Anyone really good at sauce-making might consider setting aside a bit for the 7-8 Lasagna festival - maybe next year we can pool our tomatoes and get them to make the sauce as a fundraiser!
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Thursday,September 8 · 5:00pm - 7:00pm
222 Anderson Street
Author/illustrator Charlotte Agell, Author Maria Testa,
Curious City, and Zero Station invite you to--
A CHILDREN'S LIT PARTY FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY
Join your fellow children’s book creators, librarians, education advocates, and readers for wine and nibbles and to learn more about the effort to win the freedom to marry for LGBT families in Maine in 2012. Children's book creators will have their latest work on informal display.
Our Children's Lit Party for Marriage Equality is one of more than 15 house parties taking place on September 8th where supporters at homes from all across the state will dial into a special conference call with EqualityMaine Executive Director Betsy Smith and special guest U.S. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree to hear about our community’s plan to win marriage equality for LGBT families in Maine.
WHY CHILDREN'S LIT? Opponents to marriage equality continue to use the picture book KING & KING (a fairy tale about two princes falling in love) as an indication that children are being inappropriately and dangerously educated. Children's books a danger to children? Is there a way we can work together reset that conversation?
AUTHORS /ILLUSTRATORS BRING: A recent book, sketch, illustration, or project to display on the benches or pin to the wall as everyone will want to know what you have been working on. Yes, the evening will be about marriage equality, but also a time to catch-up and share.
We have lived ten years
with the dark fear of terror.
IT’S TIME FOR LIGHT!
Bring yours to Back Cove
September 11, 2011
Sunday from 6 to 8 PM
Peace Action Maine
Calls you to bring those you know
As we hold our lights for
a world of
humanity, justice and peace!