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Metaphorical Tradeoffs

Entering the EAGALA arena is entering the land of metaphor. It is this journey into the world of metaphor that allows me to take my Elementary Science Methods students from inner city Hamline University into a collaborative relationship with 1000-pound … Continue reading

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Be Not Afraid

The Christmas Eve message at Christ the King Lutheran Church was entitled “Be not afraid”. I suspect similar sermons have been preached across the globe. This comforting message finds its ways throughout society. A search for “Be Not Afraid” pulls … Continue reading

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Why do I teach?

I have dedicated my life to the vocation of teaching. Most of my career has been in a kindergarten through 6th grade setting, including 16 years as a classroom teacher and nine as a science specialist. The last six have … Continue reading

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Facing Forward

They set a goal of moving their horse to the fence. Clear, specific, and measurable. All the indicators of a solid working objective – and now to work. They had earlier made the discovery that the placement of a halter … Continue reading

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Why horses?

Saturday morning I was able to reconnect with the Minnesota EAGALA community at Acres for Life in Chisago City. I had invited my elementary science methods class to spend a morning in a horse arena to talk about the art … Continue reading

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A way of teaching about life

I was part of a district leadership team attending a conference at Madden’s resort near Brainerd, MN in the early 90’s. Seymour Papert was the keynote speaker. Papert, the MIT creative genius behind the Logo computer language, carried all the … Continue reading

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Sharing Our Humanity in the Classroom

I sat holding my mom’s hand as she died on the morning of October 31. She lived a full 87 years and died with her family all close by. Through her modeling she taught her four boys how to love. … Continue reading

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A Pedagogy of Equus, Post #1: Talking Through the Horse

     Last week I attended Part One of the EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) certification training. EAGALA is a form of equine assisted therapy rooted in working with clients on the ground, utilizing clean language as means … Continue reading

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Leading with Questions

Fall semester came to a close just before Christmas. On our final day, we do a “go around” inviting everyone to share a thought, observation, favorite activity, memorable learning, or anything else they might like to share. In reference to … Continue reading

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Born Scientists

I have advocated for a long time that children are born natural scientists – overflowing with curiosity and wonder.  Their early lives are filled with experimentation as they wave their hands haphazardly until eventually landing in their mouth. Feeling quite … Continue reading

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