Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Hello Kitty Items

Did you realize that there can be a Hello Kitty solution for each moment?
A Hello Kitty Messenger Bag
A Hello Kitty Messenger Bag is often a great present really, for younger and older girls!
Hello Kitty Underwear 
This can perform as a treat for both younger and older girls.
Hello Kitty Pajamas
Nightwear normally makes effortless but good gifts, and if it's Hello Kitty, even better!
Hello Kitty Stickers
Hello Kitty Stickers can be a good and inexpensive gift.
Hello Kitty Umbrella 
A Hello Kitty Umbrella is usually a good thought of a treat, in particular when the rainier season is coming up. You are able to feel confident that you will distinguish your daughter from the rest when she is using a pink Hello Kitty umbrella!
Hello Kitty BackPack 
Looking for a thing for the beginning of term? A Hello Kitty backpack may well be just the item.
A Hello Kitty Digital Camera
This is truly an excellent surprise for a young girl, from 9-10 and up. All Hello Kitty cameras are naturally digital today. A Hello Kitty USB memory is a lot more colorful and fun! A Hello Kitty Messenger Bag
A Hello Kitty Messenger Bag is a great reward actually, for younger and older girls! Hello Kitty Earrings
This is certainly undoubtedly a pleasant surprise for almost any event; Christmas, Birthday, Confirmation, Graduation... the record is endless. Hello Kitty Underwear
This can work as a gift for both younger and older girls. Hello Kitty Keychain
Is your daughter usually losing her house keys and you devote hours searching for them. Why not give her a pretty Hello Kitty key chain and she could possibly feel a little bit more motivated to maintain her keys at hand! Hello Kitty Umbrella
A Hello Kitty Umbrella can be a great thought of a present, specially when the rainier season is coming up. Then you certainly should reflect on purchasing her a Hello Kitty Suitcase. Why not make the entire party using a Hello Kitty theme to match the invitations? You might even create a Hello Kitty cake with pink frosting!
A Hello Kitty Wallet
I don't forget when I gave my oldest daughter her first wallet. Your little girl's 1st wallet ought to clearly be a Hello Kitty wallet!

Have We Forgotten that Education is a Two-Way Conversation?

We hear so much every day about how education has to be a partnership between schools and families - how students have to contribute to their own success - how it takes a village - how it's all about good teachers, no it's all about involved parents, no it's about having the right metrics, etc. etc. etc. etc.

All this partnering, and involvement, and measurement, and so on - and it's all aimed in the same direction, down the street of "success." The "product" is these students who grow up to be "successful." And we've defined what that means - they need to get high test scores, get good grades, get into a good college, get a good job.

It's that "good" part that gets a little problematic. What if it were more about getting into "the right" college, and pursuing "the right" career?

Well, that would require a two-way conversation.

Because in order for a student to grow up into his or her best self, we need to know who that self is. We have to listen.

That is what arts education is for. It is to give young people the power to bring their own voice to their educational conversation, to reveal things about themselves, and to show those things to the people in the world who care most about them. Their mentors, teachers, families.

If you don't have that side of the equation, you don't know what "success" is.

It also seems that every time someone talks about the best teacher they ever had, there's a pattern to it - that teacher saw something unique in them, didn't give up on them, brought out their best. That teacher listened. And as a result, that student did better. Performed better, learned better, became a better student and a better person. Because someone listened and noticed.

Arts education allows us to listen to one another, and to speak in ways that are safe, and constructive, and deep and detailed. And it lets students bring their own voice to the table.

When we cut the arts out of our education process, we take away each student's unique voice. We take away a process of disovery that should be taking place within each young person. And we close off an avenue of rich, personal, valuable conversation about who each student is. We stop listening.

Critical point: It's not about whether every student is "good" at painting or playing an instrument. It is that the process of creation, bringing music to life, making something unique, is good FOR them. Here's where we get in the way again - we want them to be "advanced," to "achieve," in the arts. We don't treat the arts as a means of self-discovery, they are just another item for the college application. A way to win awards. To achieve.

I know these days it's all about the money and the test scores and the budget cuts and government mandates and all this. But I argue that if every student got thirty minutes a day to create, to engage in some creative activity, write something, paint something, make something, each student would take a step toward finding a voice and sharing it with the world. And that this acknowledgement, and voice, would make them better students, and better people.

I submit that a two-way educational conversation results in a better educational outcome, in all aspects of learning and development. That hearing and seeing our young people gives them power to become something. That giving them the means to express themselves is not a waste of budget or a nice-to-have, it's a core part of the interaction between the education system telling them what they need to do, and the students telling us who they are.

If our students don't get to hold up their end of the conversation during their education, how will they do so in that big world where we want them to be so successful? Let's stop giving them the anwers, and start asking them some questions. And give them the instrument, the paper, the time and space, the paints, the room to move, the time to write, or whatever they need, to discover for us - and themselves - some answers.

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The Beast Meets Barney

Purple and green creatures are few and far between, but there's one in particular that comes to mind....

I have to tell a story about Barney -- when my kids were in prime Barney age, I convinced them that I was afraid of purple dinosaurs and that was why we couldn't have him on the screen. They were quick to switch it off and reassured me that it was "only a guy in a suit, Mommy." Thus we enjoyed a Barney-free existence. And, my kids looked out for me, cool cats that they are.

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