Teach Like a Dog

The single most important thing that dogs bring to the education roundtable is emotional integrity. By nature dogs are loving, curious, eager to please, and incapable of dishonesty. Their love is not based on how we look, what we know, or how we perform. In short,...

Teaching Goes to the Dogs

As I sit here looking at the drawings, reading the stories, and nursing the cold the kids at Endeavor Charter School were kind enough to share with me last week, I am struck by a simple truth – I have as much to learn from kids as they have to learn from me. In our...

Drawing Their Way to Kindness

This month, as part of our “BE Kind” campaign, the CritterKin pack of mutts and Ms. Jenaia visited more than a dozen classrooms, shelters and bookstores. There, we read from “Meet the Mutts” and gave kids a hands on taste of kindness. The program is simple: Read Ricky...

The Litmus Test

On Friday, December 20th  at 11:27 a.m. the teacher who had arranged to have me read to her 6th grade class asked me a good question: “Why are you doing this?” I remember the time because 11:30 marked the end of my allotted time with the kids. We’d gotten the reading...

Cookies and Kindness

    Cookies and Kindness by Jena Ball “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” –Winnie the Pooh As a child I firmly believed in magic. Moreover, I knew exactly where it lived and was most likely to flutter, slither, waddle, glide,...