Educators. Students. Community members. Much more unites us than divides us, particularly knowing we all wear multiple hats. Building relationships. Thinking BIG.
Challenging and supporting one another. Developing engaged, empathetic citizens. Please join me in pondering how best to nurture these common ground connections.

Monday, April 5, 2010

"Childish" Dreams...We Adults Should Be So Smart!

Adora Svitak shares her "childish" dreams...and they have inspired me today. She's twelve and definitely worth a listen. Not only should educators think differently about the expectations we have for our students ("standards" are NOT the answer...), but we should rethink our expectations for ourselves. If we continue to talk about why we CAN'T do something, or have conversations about check-list items like NCLB or RTI, we're destined to harm our students' growth, and our own. We need to feel free to be new and creative with our ideas...We need to talk and brainstorm together. Unstructured, creative time. The ideas are spinning...! Thanks, Adora!

1 comment:

Miss Tangen said...


First of all, I am really sorry to bother you, and I understand if you don't have time to respond. Second, I enjoy reading your blog and seeing your thought process.

Third, my questions: what molarity NaOH (and KOH) do you use when making soap? I've scoured the web, and found some recipes using 6 molar, but that seems a bit dangerous. Also, what technique do you use? Heat the lard (I use crisco, what do you use?) and NaOH separately and then pour them together?? I'm basically trying to figure out the simple recipe to give the students at the start of the project.

Thank you for your help! My e-mail address is I have loved implementing WCI projects this year, and I thank you and Dennis for your brilliance and hard work!
--Heather Tangen, Early College High School,
Costa Mesa, California