Guest Blog: Is Access to Nature a Human Right?

Posted by: David Bergler   -   Posted in: Views- Apr 29, 2014 Comments Off on Guest Blog: Is Access to Nature a Human Right?

By Cameron LaFlam, Communications Coordinator It’s a Friday afternoon at Bright Water School. The sky is blaring blue after a morning of hard rain and grey, bloated clouds. A number of sixth graders have coalesced beneath a narrow, long-leafed tree. Two third grade students are entranced by a square of garden patch. Others are wrapped […]

Hiromi Sensei and the Butterfly Effect

Posted by: Laura Crandall   -   Posted in: Views- Mar 24, 2014 Comments Off on Hiromi Sensei and the Butterfly Effect

Humans love to identify patterns.  It’s a great survival tool if you are able to recognize a pattern of animal behavior just before a predator arrives, or when a particular cloud pattern indicates storm.  We need to recognize patterns to feel secure, to ascribe meaning to events, to attempt to predict outcomes or future events. […]

Guest Blog: The Vitality and Future of Nature-Play

Posted by: David Bergler   -   Posted in: Views- Feb 24, 2014 Comments Off on Guest Blog: The Vitality and Future of Nature-Play

By Cameron LaFlam, Communications Coordinator Snow swam downstream from the cloud-dense sky, its river of fluff and dust blanketing the dark-lit grass as we entered the park. Just a few hours prior the day was still and bright; now the night was swirling and white. Finn, our Border collie and scout, pursued the path as […]

Short and Long Reads: What I Spend My Free Time With

Posted by: Laura Crandall   -   Posted in: News, Views- Jan 07, 2014 Comments Off on Short and Long Reads: What I Spend My Free Time With

I generally don’t have as much time as I’d like for reading, but even when I’m not engaged in work-related reading, I tend to choose non-fiction books.  My main areas of interest are: human cognition and behavior, and adventure stories of triumph against the odds.   Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition,  by Caroline Alexander and Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at […]

If We’re All In Agreement, Can We Agree to Be Different?

Posted by: Laura Crandall   -   Posted in: Diversity, School Culture, Views- Oct 29, 2013 Comments Off on If We’re All In Agreement, Can We Agree to Be Different?

Rudolf Steiner’s verse The Healthy Social Life is often used at adult gatherings in Waldorf schools.  It reads: The healthy social life is found when, in the mirror of each human soul, the whole community finds its reflection and when, in the community, the virtue of each one is living. Undoubtedly, the verse has  inclusive sentiments, but looking […]

Digital Vapor Trail–How Big is Your Child’s Social Media Wake?

Posted by: Laura Crandall   -   Posted in: Views- Sep 10, 2013 3 Comments

Did you ever have a moment of embarrassment when your parents hauled out your baby book and shared pictures from your life that you would have rather kept to yourself?  Maybe you and your sisters were crammed into matching dirndls someone brought back from vacation for you, or you looked like the ‘don’t’ picture from […]

Of Space and Time

Posted by: Laura Crandall   -   Posted in: Views- Aug 27, 2013 Comments Off on Of Space and Time

On September 3, 1935, Sir Malcolm Campbell set the land speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in his car Bluebird.  Having lived my teens and early twenties in England, I knew Sir Malcolm’s story and embraced it as a part of my enthusiasm for all things British.  Those images of Campbell grinning widely while […]

What’s On My Desk?

Posted by: Laura Crandall   -   Posted in: School Culture, Views- May 28, 2013 1 Comment

Well, there’s usually quite a bit on my desk, but what I’m focusing on these days is a book I picked up while at the Special Education Conference this spring. It’s called Learning From Lincoln: Leadership Practices for School Success. Are Head of School skills similar to Head of State skills? In some ways, perhaps. […]

Inspiration From a Former Bright Water School Parent

Posted by: Laura Crandall   -   Posted in: School Culture, Views- Nov 27, 2012 Comments Off on Inspiration From a Former Bright Water School Parent

Current and former parents help our school with many events large and small throughout the year.  Former BWS parent Jody Pineda  conceptualized  a recent event for prospective board members, which she and I hosted together.  As a part of that evening, we put together some testimonials from current and former parents.  Jody and I both […]

Your Computer Doesn’t Have Developmental Stages

Posted by: Laura Crandall   -   Posted in: Views- Sep 24, 2012 2 Comments

Some of you may have caught this video when it first came around months ago. It’s a video of a baby trying ‘use’ a magazine as an ipad. The baby’s experience has been, simply put, ‘I do this, and this happens’. She expects the same experience with a magazine that she gets with the ipad: […]