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Wendy Phillips

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Hands-on Education: A Feast for the Eyes, Hands, Mind, Feet . . .

Posted by Wendy Phillips on Apr 1, 2019 8:27:40 AM

In case you haven’t noticed, children do things adults don’t; for example, children run.  They just run to run, not to go anywhere or for any reason, but just for the sheer pleasure of running. They will also pretend-play with just about any item they find.  A stick becomes a Greek sword, a jacket is shaped to make a baby’s blanket, and sofa cushions become a fort.

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Topics: Blog Posts, School Life, Teaching

Getting Your Hands Dirty in the Garden

Posted by Wendy Phillips on Jun 25, 2018 8:21:12 AM

About the time we wrap up the school year, my thoughts turn to my garden.  My garden provides a quiet place for work and contemplation, and as is my wont, my musings rarely stray far from my life as a teacher.   Cultivating in my students a love for learning and a desire to love God and neighbor is a lot like cultivating a garden.

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Topics: Blog Posts, Parenting, Teaching

Tips for Growing Readers

Posted by Wendy Phillips on Nov 6, 2015 8:43:24 AM

Once while introducing an author who was confined to a wheelchair most of her life, I asked a group of students, “What would you do with your time if you had to spend every day of your life in a wheelchair?” Here are the top three answers: 1) play video games, 2) watch television, and 3) sleep. No one said “Read” until I prompted them. The option of reading was simply an after-thought.

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Topics: Blog Posts, Reading

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