A New Arena

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That’s what life is about: about daring greatly, about being in the arena. — Brené Brown

 

Jumping into the arena. That’s what I’m doing right here, right now.  That vast arena of content that fills the web, fills bookshelves and e-readers, fills our hours, our minds and our hearts.  There’s a lot to choose from out there when you’re thinking about teaching, learning, and the hard work of raising good kids.  I’m grateful that my little piece of the arena is one you choose to come back to.  And to help us both grow in our understanding of this process, my little blog has needed to grow, too.

I’ve made changes to my  platform to make it easier, more efficient and more compelling for you to stop by.   After years of writing and months of researching, and with the help of a number of truly creative and great minds, I’m honored to be launching the new Wonder of Children site with you.

I wouldn’t dare to be in the arena without you – the readers, parents, teachers, and other thoughtful folks who read my work, ask me questions, give me suggestions and in general, just keep me on my toes. To those of you who have been along for the ride,  thank you. I am grateful.

The technical side of web design and moving a site made me gasp and gag, sweat and shriek.  Without the support of Debbie Reber and her Writing Alliance and without the skilled and masterful work of the Edee Lemonier at JeansnBeans, I wouldn’t have taken this leap.  To these smart ladies, thank you. I am grateful.

The risk now is that my little tribe follows along.  To do that, simply click here  or wander up to the top right to enter your name and email. (NOTE: Spam is evil. Selling or sharing emails is cheesy when you’re a writer.  You’re info is safe with me. And you can unsubscribe at any time.  I’d be disappointed, but I’ll accept your choice.)

In return for signing up, you’ll get a short, complimentary document that outlines the ten traits to nurture in children.  It’s a summary of the good stuff I’ve already written about and a glimpse of what’s to come. To those who migrate along with me, in advance, thank you. I am grateful.

Wishing you all the best,

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Lisa Dewey Wells

Hip, Hip, Hooray – a Triple Thanks!

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Triple thanks, this post!

First, I’m tickled to have one of my posts featured this week on Teach.com’s blog.  Thanks to the Teach.com folks for featuring my writing.  If you don’t already know Teach.com,  is a comprehensive resource for information on becoming  a great teacher in any state across the country.  It’s aim is to provide all the information necessary to become a teacher no matter where you live.  It’s a rich resource for staying current on trends in teaching and teacher training, made possible through the University of Southern California’s Rossier School Online.  Be sure to check them out, whether you’re staying current, want to further your teaching career, or both!

Second,  thanks to my fellow teachers who made this post, and my work, possible.  They all are a reflection  of the commitment to  the positive development of children, best teaching practices and life long learning.  The folks at the Northeast Foundation for Children’s Responsive Classroom have been essential to  my development as a teacher by shaping my view of children and teaching, and challenging me to dig deeper with my own understanding.  I’ve been fortunate enough to receive tremendous support as an adult learner from them.  It goes without saying that the incredible faculty of St. Anne’s School of Annapolis who shared a week of hard work and laughter with me last August also deserve a hearty thanks! This group of dedicated, smart and compassionate teachers dug into the content of the week and have been plugging along implementing the approach in their teaching every day since.

Third, thanks to those of you who continue to stick with Wonder of Children and follow the posts, share your stories and post comments. Many of you are also colleagues and parents, which makes it all the more special. Without that interaction, it would all be silent characters on the screen!

Each of these three  serve as a reminder of the hard work and dedication on the part of many, many educators and parents that enrich not only the lives of our students and families, but also each teacher’s life and work experience.  I don’t just have to work, but I choose to work because of  people like you who share the a passionate commitment to the children and families in our schools.

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Informative Information

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You are the embodiment of the information you choose to accept and act upon. To change your circumstances you need to change your thinking and subsequent actions.

Adlin Sinclair

We all depend on information to drive our decisions, our actions, and sometimes even our outlooks.  How often do you see yourself or others googling to get instant data or information on anything (Any. Thing.) what arises and raises a question? I’ve heard kids as young as preschool say, “ya just gotta look it up on your phone!” A recent article in Scientific American cites “resent research suggests that they (millennials) use Google as a sort of auxiliary memory.    It goes onto question whether pervasive googling interferes with memorization or does it free up “more important stuff tan data retrieval.”   The article goes on to point out that our growing, collective and individual inability to sustain attention over the written word in sustained and undistracted ways deprives us of contemplation that allows for deeper thinking.   All that noise and distractions may not really allow for deeper thinking but make it harder because we’re losing the ability to think beyond literal comprehension or memorization?  Ouch. Continue reading “Informative Information”

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. And while I am grateful for those brilliant helper monkeys and their ceaseless ability to make the technology useful to us lay-people, it’s really YOU, the readers who are the heroes here.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 9,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 15 years to get that many views.

So who are the readers?

Readers come from the U.S. and 107 other countries. Wow. Now, that’s global.
Most are parents.
Many are teachers.
Loads are other writers.
Several are at least two of these.

What did readers really, really like?

Posts that talk about what we want in our kids and what speak to the everyday joys amd challenges.

The most viewed post captured both of these is 6 Steps to Build Perseverance

With the new year here, I look forward to bringing you more stories and strategies to help navigate and celebrate children, parenting, and teaching. In the weeks to come, I’ll be letting you in on what I have in store. Meanwhile- I wish you the best in 2013 and hope you’ll keep coming back to Wonder of Children!