Saturday, March 21, 2015

parental involvement number 2

Yesterday my wife and I visited my daughter Lucy's class at Booker T. Washington Middle School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She did an amazing job of teaching a class of 30 6th grade math students how to calculate area of triangles and parallelograms. She shifted easily from blackboard work to group work, giving small clusters of students the opportunity to work together to solve problems and learn from each other. She even had a bit of hands on work using scissors.

Parents may have to cut down in their involvement as their children age, and are launched on their own, but we never lose interest in our children's efforts to serve and to grow.

Afterwards, we went to the American Museum of Natural History along with thousands of others. We waited through a very long line of folks, who like us had chosen to spend a snowy day inside a museum. The museum is world class, and so it was not surprising to hear voices from all over the world as we walked through. It was particularly heart warming to see parents and their small children enjoying the exhibits. If you love dinosaurs, science, and human history, the museum is a great place to be whether it's snowing or not.

In addition to dinosaurs, I found a few boxes to photograph from earlier civilizations. The design shown above is timeless.

Make, fix and create...

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